Lindsay's Story

In August, I joined Getaway Trekking and Adventure’s Cairns Corporate Challenge trek the Kokoda Track from Port Moresby to Buna. For years, it had been in the back of my mind to walk the track where my father had served during WW2 and as it was also to help a very worthwhile charity, and to do it with my daughter, it was an easy decision to make.
I was a little concerned about my fitness, as I am 65, but Wayne and Sue helped with advice and support in my preparation. Their advice, travel arrangements, daily itinerary and planning was spot-on and when a plan B was required at an impassable river, they had a solution.
Our team of guides, carriers and cooks was great, nothing was too much trouble for them. They were always friendly and helpful and their company and interaction made the trekking group feel as if we had known each other for much longer than a couple of days. I am sure they enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
The track was everything I had expected, primitive dense forests with colourful vegetation, crystal clear streams, steep muddy paths, beautiful vistas over endless misty mountains and the friendly villagers.
The history of the war campaign along the track was explained in great detail by Wayne and Sue and it made me realise how much Australia owes to our soldiers and the PNG Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels. The battle sites are marked and it is possible to put yourself back in time and picture the hardships and impossibilities they faced. A solemn and emotional dawn service was held at the Isurava Memorial overlooking the Kokoda Valley and to stand at the Four Pillars at first light is a very moving occasion. At Menari, we met one of the last surviving Fuzzy-Wuzzies who told us a little of his memories of the war.
It was a once in a lifetime trek and an honour to follow in my father’s footsteps with my daughter with me. I only wish that I had done it earlier so I could have talked to him about it.
I would thoroughly recommend this trek to anyone who has a thirst for adventure and history and proud to be Australian.

AUG 2014