Join us on the experience of a lifetime!
4th – 14th August 2024
$6300: Trek Package
$5000: Minimum Fundraising
The Kokoda Track
Walking the Kokoda track has become an important experience for every Australian. The physical and mental challenges of the Track, including an understanding of the courage and sacrifice shown by Australia’s diggers, offer a life-changing experience for every trekker.
The story of Kokoda – the heroic defense of our nation against a powerful foreign invader – is finally gaining its rightful place at the forefront of the Australian consciousness. However, one can only begin to understand what really took place on that remote jungle pathway during WWII by actually trekking over its arduous course.
After the war, the Kokoda legend lay dormant for six decades, during which time the New Guinean jungle reclaimed many of its historic sites. After years of painstaking research on the track itself, and with the aid of the fast-thinning ranks of both Australian and Japanese veterans, Bill James has played an important part in uncovering the ‘lost battlefields’ of Kokoda. His publication, Field Guide to the Kokoda Track, is regarded as the ‘trekkers bible’. Bill acts as a historical advisor for On Track Expeditions and has passed his extensive knowledge of the campaign on to our trek.
Trekkers will create their own personal fundraising page on the Raisely platform for online card donations to the Be BlueRock Foundation.
Fundraising can be a little bit daunting but it needn’t be. You see… great fundraisers aren’t born. They are made. Anyone can become a great fundraiser by simply getting out there, sharing their story and implementing some fantastic initiatives to bring in the funds.
You are required to raise a minimum of $5,000 to participate in the trek. It might seem like a lot but we are here to help you every step of the way.
Upon arrival at the airport we will be transferred to the Kokoda Trail Hotel on the picturesque Sogeri Plateau, just outside of Port Moresby. A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner.
We make an early start and travel by bus to Owers’ Corner, the start point of the trek. Here we meet the porters who will accompany the group for the first time. We descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the Ua-Ule creek valley for lunch and then we climb to Ioribaiwa Village for camp.
The morning starts with a climb to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here that the Japanese were forced to retreat through exhaustion and starvation, despite being within sight of the ocean and the lights of Port Moresby, their ultimate goal.
After crossing Ofi Creek we make camp at the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.
descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the Ua-Ule creek valley for lunch and then we climb to Ioribaiwa Village for camp.
We make our way through the Brown River valley, where the main crossing provides the most pleasant swimming hole on the track. We then climb up and over ‘the Wall’ to Menari, one of the largest villages in the Range.
We ascend Brigade Hill, the site of one of the most famous battles of the campaign.
It was here that a night-time Japanese flanking manoeuvre saw Brigadier Potts cut off from the three Battalions under his command. The 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions managed to regain the Australian lines, but the 2/27th Battalion, having been in the battle for only one day, became lost in the jungle for three arduous weeks before finally re-emerging in the foothills near Port Moresby.
We pass through the village of Efogi before making camp at Naduri.
We make our way up and over Mount Bellamy, the highest part of the track with an altitude of 2100 meters.
In this area we see some of the track’s more interesting geographical features: the high altitude ‘moss forests’ and the Myola Lakes, huge dry lakebeds that served as important dropping grounds for Australian supplies.
We make camp at Templeton’s Crossing, named after ‘Uncle’ Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion, a popular and courageous officer who lost his life in the early stages of the battle.
We pass through Eora Creek village. Now abandoned, the wartime village was a regimental aid post during the Australian withdrawal, made famous by footage from Damien Parer’s Academy-Award winning documentary ‘Kokoda Front Line’.
We cross to the other side of the range on a path less traveled to experience the beautiful village of Abuari, where the 2/16th Battalion held off a Japanese flanking movement while the main battle went ahead at Isurava.
Welcomed by the local families Abuari we experience true village life and explore this breath taking location. A tour of the school, gardens and church are included in this great day.
We head off a little later today with a river crossing down at Eora Creek. We pass through the village of Alola and make camp at the Isurava Memorial Site.
Dawn service at the Isurava Memorial. At Isurava we will hear how the 2/14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF joined the beleaguered 39th in the fight against the Japanese.
The breathtaking Isurava Memorial is testament to the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers. We then descend the western ridge of the Eora Creek valley, passing through the fields of choko vines to the village of Deniki.
From here it is just a short descent into the Yodda Valley, though the rubber plantations to the village of Kokoda and the end of the track. We spend the night at Kokoda.
We fly back to Port Moresby on a morning charter flight from Kokoda. We visit the Bomana War Cemetery and have a final group dinner at our hotel in the Port Moresby CBD.
After a nice rest, breakfast, swim in the pool and a hot shower we are transported to Port Moresby International Airport and depart this amazing country knowing we have explored the history, culture, people and Kokoda Track.
- Porter Tips
- Single room available at an additional cost
- Insurance premium for pre-existing medical conditions
“Thank you On Track for a wonderful experience. Fully satisfied & content.”
“Great Australian leader and great local porters.”
“It was awesome how you guys organise everything along the way so we have just concentrate on walking.”
“The process from start to finish was great!”
“The whole adventure was fantastic and our porters were wonderful.”
“I was so moved by the way Bill told his stories, it gave me such tremendous insight to what when on and made the trek so memorable and enjoyable!!!”
“Ross was so knowledgeable and passionate about the diggers and war in Kokoda. He spoke from his heart, his knowledge was exceptional and his love for the task was profound.”
“I had the best experience of my life!”
You can achieve anything you put your mind to but obviously your fitness will take you so far plus your willpower will take you the rest of the way.
Everything is organised by On Track Expeditions. The package is all inclusive.
Anyone who is doing regular exercise is capable of walking Kokoda. We have training programs to guide you on how best to prepare.
We require a $400 deposit to confirm your place on the expedition.
Yes, this BlueRock experience includes the personal trekking challenge, plus the fundraising challenge. Each trekker must raise at least $5,000.
BlueRock’s Philanthropy and Impact Manager Ishara Fernando will be your fundraising guide.
Yes, we have a training program and our expedition guides are available to give you training tips and help with your progress.
Papua New Guinea is generally hot and humid with temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s. The Kokoda Track is in the Owen Stanley Range, where the forest canopy provides some relief from the heat. Our trek is during the dry season, but expect some rain and mud somewhere along the way. We camp tents in grass clearings in local villages. The campsites have toilets and huts for cooking and dining.
On Track Expeditions is commited to ethical and sustainable trekking. We support the local people on the Kokoda Track through employment opportunities, camping and trekking fees, and involvement in community projects.
This tour is for 0ver-18s only.
There is no mobile phone reception on the track itself, however there is coverage in Port Moresby and Kokoda. On the track we have satellite communications in case of emergency but otherwise have a 'no news is good news' policy.
Each participant gets a copy of the book prior to departure.