9 Days
Physical Rating
Kokoda, Papua New Guinea
February- November


Follow the path of the Australian advance from Owers’ Corner to Kokoda under an experienced, bilingual and fit PNG tour leader.

Tour areas of military significance like the Bomana War Cemetery at the start before setting off, the last resting place of many Australian soldiers. Tour the battle sites of Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Maguli Range, Brigade Hill, Templeton’s Crossing, Eora Creek, Isurava, Deniki, and Kokoda, and learn about what happened there during the Kokoda Campaign. Visit defensive positions still littered with war relics, a befitting reminder of the carnage and ferocity of the battles that raged in the jungles of PNG over 70 years ago. Appreciate the challenge of walking one of the most rugged and breathtaking tropical rainforest treks in the world that crisscrosses the towering Owen Stanley Range. Enjoy the hospitality of the lovely locals, many descendants’ of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who helped stretcher wounded Australian soldiers during the bitter struggle with the Japanese, as they welcome you to stay in their beautiful villages while you enjoy panoramic views that will blow your mind away.

DESTINATION Owers’ Corner – Kokoda
TOUR LEADER Papua New Guinean
EXPERT GUIDE Papua New Guinean
TRAVEL DURATION 2-Days (Transit Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn, Port Moresby)
WEAR See Plan Your Trip

What’s Included

  • Trek Permit with Kokoda Track Authority.
  • Bilingual and experienced PNG tour leader.
  • Knowledgeable PNG tour guide.
  • Battle sites and areas of military significance tours and commentaries.
  • Tribal welcome by descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
  • Safety & security plan.
  • Daily safety and administrative briefs.
  • Medevac plan.
  • Kokoda trek fitness plan.
  • Pre-tour health and medical check plan.
  • Satellite. mobile and radio communications.
  • Staff reception and airport transfers in Port Moresby.
  • 4-star transit hotel accommodation in Port Moresby (Holiday Inn Express/Holiday Inn).
  • Transit hotel buffet dinner and breakfast.
  • Charter/domestic flight post trek (Kokoda-Port Moresby/Popondetta-Port Moresby).
  • Road transport to drop-off and pickup points (Port Moresby-Owers’ Corner/Kokoda-Popondetta).
  • Buddy system for trek safety (porter per trekker).
  • River crossing and counter obstacle procedures.
  • Survival and obstacle breaching equipment.
  • Guesthouse and campsite landowner fees.
  • Guesthouse and campsite accommodation (tent carried by porter).
  • Food and equipment porters.
  • Trek rations and camping supplies.
  • Cooking and meal preparations.
  • Delicious and nutritious western style and local meals.
  • Water resupply plan and procedure.
  • Daily situational trek updates.
  • Free souvenir Kokoda t-shirt and cap.

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa and passport costs.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Excess baggage costs.
  • Spending money.
  • Local museum fees.

Travel Prerequisites

  • Trip – book your trip by browsing through our list of tours on this site.
  • Travel itinerary – have a return international travel itinerary. If you’ve included flights with your booking, we’ll handle this for you.
  • Passport – have a valid passport; if not contact your local passport office for assistance.
  • Visa – PNG has visa on arrival for Australian tourists but you can apply here in Australian by lodging your application in person or by registered mail with the PNG consular offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
  • Travel insurance – have travel insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. We highly recommend QBE’s Travel C plan otherwise go with a travel insurer who can cover you on the Kokoda Track and in PNG.
  • Medical – see your GP or family doctor to be deemed medically fit to complete the Kokoda Track and be protected against Malaria and other tropical illnesses.
  • Fitness – you must be physically fit and in good health to do Kokoda.
  • Diet – inform us if you have specific dietary requirements, for instance if you’re on a gluten-free diet.
  • Travel – email us copies of your travel documents i.e. passport (only front page that has your photo ID and pers details), completed medical form, travel insurance, and travel itinerary.

You can Contact Us if you need assistance to Plan Your Trip

Optional extras

  • International flights – to and from Moresby ex Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
  • Personal Porter – highly recommended for all Kokoda treks if you’re not all that fit.
  • Accommodation – supplement for an extra night at the hotel in Port Moresby pre-tour or post tour.
  • Photos – capture your tour moments with photographs.

Day 1: Owers' Corner - Ua-Ule (approx. 6.5 hours)


After spending a night at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Port Moresby, we board our vehicle and travel to Owers’ Corner to begin our trek. Enroute, we tour Bomana War Cemetery, the largest war cemetery in the Pacific, and McDonald’s Corner, the original road head of the Kokoda Trail in World War II. Our destination today is our campsite at Ua-Ule Creek. From Owers’ Corner, we trek down sections of the track cut into the steep slopes by Australian engineers and used by horses and mules to transport supplies as far as Imita Ridge. We cross Goldie River with the help of our friendly porters, and trek past the abandoned Uberi village, the site of a field dressing station, Dump 66, established after Dump 44 near Ua-Ule was abandoned following Japanese occupation of Ioribaiwa, and Goodwater. From there, we trek up to Imita Ridge along the famous Golden Stairs, built by Australian engineers and Papuan labourers, to make climbing to the top of Imita Ridge easier. At the top of the ridge, we tour the site which the Australians defended after withdrawing along the trail, before going on the advance against the Japanese who stopped on the opposite ridge at Ioribaiwa. After Imita, we trek down precipitous slopes to Ua-Ule Creek where we camp for the night

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 2: Ua-ule - Ofi Creek (approx. 4 hours)

Today our destination is Ofi Creek. After spending our first night on the trail at Ua-Ule, we leave our campsite and cross Ua-Ule Creek back and forth over a dozen times before making another challenging climb to Ioribaiwa village. After having a rest in the village which has panoramic views of Imita Ridge and surrounding mountains, we trek up to Ioribaiwa Ridge, the furthest point of the Japanese advance, which brought them within sight of their objective, Port Moresby. The ridge is the location wartime Ioribaiwa village before being relocated to its current location, and the site of the Battle of Ioribaiwa, a final defensive battle fought by the Australians during the campaign. After a guided tour of the battle site, we continue past fighting pits to our campsite at Ofi Creek, in time for a nice cool bath in the creek, a good meal and some rest. Many places along the trail offered ideal sites for ambushes for the Australians and Ofi Creek was one of them.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Ofi Creek - Nauro (approx. 4 hours)

It’s Day 3 and today we are destined for our campsite at Nauro village. After Ofi, we trek up to Maguli Range which will take us to Nauro. We trek past Station 88, a probable site of a wartime carrier camp set in a clear and prominent large kunai grassy patch used sometimes as a helicopter-landing pad, Japanese Ladder, steps dug by Japanese soldiers into the clayey soil, and Japanese Camp. We continue to the peak of Maguli Range and stop briefly at Nauro lookout to enjoy breathtaking views of Nauro and the Owen Stanley’s. Along the way, a quick survey of the perimeter at rest stops in cleared areas will reveal Australian weapon pits. Withdrawing Australian composite units formed due to their reduced numbers from heavy fighting along the trail, continued the climb up range from Nauro, found a defensive position and camped before coming under attack from the advancing Japanese. From the lookout, we trek down to our campsite at Nauro with plenty of time to sightsee, mingle and rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Nauro - Menari (approx. 5 hours)

After a night at scenic Nauro, our destination today is Menari village. Following breakfast, we leave the campsite and trek through the only swampy flat located along the Kokoda Trail before reaching Nauro River. We cross the river and trek along its banks and past Augulogo village before making the climb up “The Wall,” a steep near-vertical slope, which takes us to a beautiful lookout where we stop briefly and enjoy scenic views of Nauro and mountain ranges to the south. After the lookout, the trek takes us past Menari Gap before arriving at our campsite at Menari. Many Australian troops passed through Menari and one that’s more notable is “Those Ragged Bloody Heroes” of the 39th Battalion, AMF, caught on camera by cinematographer Damien Parer, as they were being commended on parade in the village by the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner, following weeks of intense fight north of the trail at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava and Eora Creek. Menari has a nice creek where we can go for a bath after we’ve settled in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Menari to Kagi (approx. 7.5 hours)

After a night in Menari, we set our sights on our next destination – Kagi village! We leave and trek past Menari airstrip before crossing Vaibuagi River. From the river, we trek up to Brigade Hill, another famous battle site during the Kokoda Campaign. The Battle of Brigade Hill was an unmitigated catastrophe and worst disaster faced by the Australians in the entire Kokoda Campaign. Despite courageous efforts to delay the advancing Japanese, it was a battle that resulted in defeat, forcing the Australians to withdraw once more along the trail. We take a solemn guided tour of the battle site before continuing past Mission Ridge, from where the Australians defending its razor-sharp ridges saw hordes of Japanese troops with lanterns coming down the precipitous slopes of Kagi to the north. This was the famous “Japanese Lantern Parade.” We head past Efogi 1 and 2 before crossing Efogi River and trekking to our campsite at Menari village. No fighting took place at Kagi because of the open terrain but it was used as a dropping zone for supplies and was the site of the first air strike against the advancing Japanese. We enter the village to a rousing Fuzzy Wuzzy welcome from lovely locals with their war cries and charming village choir.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Kagi - Templeton’s Crossing (approx. 7 hours)

Today our destination is Templeton’s Crossing. We set off from Kagi village and trek up to Kagi Gap which provides a beautiful vista of Brigade Hill, Kagi and Naduri villages. From there, we head up to Myola Junction Turn-off and 1900 Campsite before reaching Mt Bellamy, the highest point on the Kokoda Trail at 2190 m above sea level, and Kokoda Gap (also known as the “Gap”) which rises above the blanket of clouds over the mountain ranges on a cloudy day. The area between the turn-off and the Gap is the area that’s mossy and heavily wooded with giant trees and huge pandanus. It was along this section of the trail that the advancing Australians encountered their first resistance from the retreating Japanese later in the campaign. From the Gap we take the sheer muddy drop to Dump 1, the first crossing of Eora Creek, where the Australians fought a battle during their withdrawal. From the dump, we trek to our campsite at Templeton’s Crossing.  Templeton’s Crossing is named after Captain Sam Templeton, Officer Commanding of B Company of the 39th Battalion, AMF, a veteran of World War I, and fatherly-figure to the young and inexperienced soldiers in the Australian militia. Templeton went missing during delaying actions near Oivi. The Battle of Templeton’s Crossing was another tough battle by the advancing Australians against the Japanese. We tour the battle site before having a bath in Eora Creek, having something to eat and resting our tired bodies.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Templeton's Crossing - Alola (approx. 7.5 hours)

Our destination today is our next campsite at Alola village. After Templeton’s Crossing, we trek to Eora Creek where we stop briefly for a tour of the Battle of Eora Creek. Eora Creek was the site of tragic and chaotic fighting during the Australian fighting withdrawal early in the campaign as they fought to delay the advancing Japanese while moving south along the trail with their wounded following heavy fighting at Isurava and Abuari. Following the tour, we continue along the trail before taking a detour to tour a Japanese defensive position on Eora Ridge. The position was heavily defended by the Japanese during the Australian Fighting Withdrawal and Battle of Eora Creek. The site is riddled with weapon pits, ordnance, and war relics, and has commanding views of Eora Creek on the southern side. After the tour, we trek to our campsite at Alola village. Alola was the location of Maroubra Force headquarters during fighting at Isurava and Abuari, the Australian infantry unit that was responsible for fighting along the Kokoda Trail. Abuari is located on the ridgeline to the east on the opposite side of the Eora gorge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Alola - Deniki (approx. 5.5 hours)

Today, our destination is Deniki. Following breakfast, we trek to Con’s Rock, a prominent flat rock Australian medical orderly Constantine Vafiopulous used as an operating table to conduct an amputation on a digger. The rock is located next to the memorial plaque of Lieutenant Harold “Butch” Bisset of 2/14th Battalion, AIF, who *was seriously wounded during the Battle of Isurava, before dying in the hands of his brother, Captain Stan Bisset. After a guided tour of the rock, we trek to the famous Isurava Battlefield where we stop briefly. The Battle of Isurava was the first major battle of the Kokoda Campaign for the Australians. We take a guided tour of the famous battle site, visit the local museum, and take pictures of the famous granite pillars – etched with the words courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice – that serve as a memorial to the battle’s fallen. The battlefield is the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury of the 2/14 Battalion, AIF, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery, the first soldier to do so on Australian soil, and PNG was at the time. Private Kingsbury was killed in action by an enemy sniper. After Isurava, we trek past post-war Isurava village and onto our campsite at Deniki, a battle site located on a blunt-nosed spur. The Battle of Deniki was a relatively short battle between the Australians and Japanese following the battles of Kokoda before Australians withdrew to Isurava. We tour the battle site before enjoying breathtaking views of the Yodda Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 9: Deniki - Kokoda (approx. 3.5 hours)

Today is our last day on the Kokoda Trail. After breakfast, we trek to the finish at Kokoda, the site of First Battle of Kokoda and Second Battle of Kokoda early in the campaign, and the trek takes us past Hoi and Kovelo villages. At the finish, we urshered through the Kokoda arches and congratulated by our porters for successfully completing one of the toughest treks in the world through the jungles of the Owen Stanley’s before going on a tour of the battle site, memorials and museum. Kokoda was strategically important for the Allies because it had the only airstrip between Port Moresby and the beachheads of Gona and Buna. After the tour, we bid our porters farewell before travelling by road trip to Popondetta’s Girua Airport for the flight back to Port Moresby. The drive takes us past famous battle sites, but now villages of Oivi, Gorari, and Wairopi spanning the Kumusi River. If we’re flying out of Kokoda, it’s a short from the infamous plateau to the airstrip to board our plane back to the nation’s capital. On arrival, we are met by the hotel bus and transferred to our accommodation at either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express where we spend the night before leaving PNG the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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