Every Kokoda trek brings a new adventure and this ticked all the boxes as seven mates from WA embarked on a trek across the Owen Stanley Ranges, retracing the steps of those who fought in the Kokoda campaign 74 years before. Nick, Morgan, Egan, Wayne, Scott, Nathan and Andrew…Read More >>
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27th June – 8th July 2016
It was 5° when we gathered at Tullamarine airport at 4.30am on Monday 27th June. A diverse group of 9 adventurers introduced themselves with a common degree of nervous excitement. Our team was made up of the following 3 groups:
Elaine and Louis – Mother…
‘160 seconds’ Lester would say and the group immediately snaps to attention!!
‘Packs on…..let’s Rock & Roll’.
Deniki to Alola (via Isurava battlefield)
An early rise at 5.00am (someone did stir at 2.00am thinking it was time to get up!!) with all trekkers starting the processes of waking up, packing gear, eating…
Signing up to trek the Kokoda Track was extremely daunting for me, however I am so glad I did and it is now one of the most unique and rewarding trips I have ever done.
My sister first approached me with the 2016 Kokoda Challenge to raise money for the…
Crossing through the famous metal arches shaped to the profile of the Owen Stanley Range had personal significance to each and every one of us, emotions running high and a level of relief knowing that the hardest part of the rest of the day will be sitting in the…Read More >>
62 Wooden sticks stand alone, on top of a steep grassy knoll near the middle of the Kokoda track. Each one represents a fallen soldier who died during the battle of Brigade Hill which took place here some 74 years ago. Buried here on a lonely hill during the…Read More >>
4th of July 2016. Well No Roads has just completed another successful crossing of the Owen Stanleys in PNG. With 12 trekkers, 10 Personal Porters and 13 General Porters, our small group of 36 arrived in Kokoda from Popondetta around 1.00pm after a leisurely 4 hour trip on the…Read More >>
Aidan and the Our Spirit team do not tick things off your personal bucket list. The whole team provide a holistic approach to preparing you to embrace the real meaning of the Kokoda Track; the ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’ (legends), The ANZAC’s, the sacrifice and intestinal fortitude of so many….Read More >>
No Roads Education Trek
A Huge Success!
There is nothing more rewarding than volunteering …..
That is exactly what this No Roads Education group discovered.
At first, every adventure is always about ourselves and what we want from it. Then you realise that there are others out there amongst us that need our…
Not often do you start from the end, however this time……………
The No Roads – Health Sept Coastal XPD Team had the privilege of bringing to Australia Edward, Daniel and Trophimus to undertake life changing orthopaedic surgery. As fate would have it, Trophimus’ great great grandfather was Raphael Oimbari…
Tracy’s Team (& a couple of ring-ins!)
This little trip was a long time in the planning as Trace brought together some friends to hit the track. To think that one person could have so many gullible friends! So Carol, Libby, Jackie, Vicky, Michael, James & the Phantom…
Excitement always builds as we arrive in Port Moresby for our trek across the Kokoda Track. Trekkers are often nervous as well as excited as they are finally on their way on their trip of a lifetime.
Our group for this trek included 6 mates who have been friends since…
The Kokoda Track…awesome physical challenge, amazing cultural experience, important historical pilgrimage. I’ve travelled a lot, and there is NOTHING like the Kokoda Track. You have probably heard how difficult the Kokoda Track is, but you may not have heard about how beautiful it is as well. There are definitely…Read More >>
Trekking Kokoda was an absolutely amazing experience. Tough, hot, humid, insanely hilly however the most rewarding experience possible. To share this experience with a great bunch of friends in an amazing group and with a very knowledgeable guide made the trip awesome. Then to learn about the history of…Read More >>
As an avid war historian Kokoda has always been a source of fascination and dreams for me but a dream that I felt I could never hope achieve.
But that all changed with the help of the Northern Territory Police Legacy (in co-operation with New South Wales Police Legacy), whom…
After being informed that we had been elected and sponsored by the Duke of Edinburgh to walk the Kokoda track we began our intense training. We spent roughly 2 hours per week doing the most physical cardio and strength training we could manage. Not only would this be in…Read More >>
Walking the Kokoda – where do I begin?
Summarising my trekking adventure will not be easy but here goes. After deciding to take up the challenge, a date was booked & the training began!! Before I knew it I was in Port Moresby with my brother embarking on…
On the 16th of September, I along with 11 other students and 3 teachers, journeyed to Papua New Guinea to undertake the Kokoda Trail, a task in which we would struggle, overcome adversity, conquer nature and remember our history in what would be a truly memorable and life changing…Read More >>
On July 19 2016, I completed one of the toughest experiences of my life so far. I crossed beneath the arches at Ower’s Corner. It had been mentally and physically exhausting, but in my heart, I knew that it was nothing compared to what the Diggers of 1942 faced….Read More >>
I have always wanted to do kokoda but always felt I wasn’t capable of committing myself to the training and to shed the weight to accomplish this goal but it was indeed possible. I made the changes to my lifestyle and just went hard out on the training over…Read More >>
ANZAC Day 2016
I toured with Aiden and the Our Spirit Team which completely focused on the real meaning of the Kokoda Track; the ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’ (legends), The ANZAC’s, the sacrifice and the intestinal fortitude of so many brave men and women. Kokoda was about the chance for me…
Great to see my photo here from the Jobs Australia Foundation Indigenous Youth Leadership Program trek with Aidan in 2014. I was the Jobs Australia photographer for the last part of that trek. Thanks to his encouragement I’m still inordinately proud that at the age of 72, (I was…Read More >>
Finally a moment to sit now and reflect. OMG… I actually did it! I trekked the Kokoda Track. I walked well over 96 kilometres through slippery ankle deep mud, pouring rain, stumbled over enormous tree roots, climbed up hills that felt like they had no end… and slid down…Read More >>
I trekked Kokoda for the physical challenge of the hike and the endurance of camping for eight days. I am so proud of myself and the group I completed it with – raising over $138,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
The beauty of the pristine jungle cannot be described…
As a more mature, (over 65), never been a walker person, the trip was a fantastic experience made even better by the great group of fellow walkers. I was never the fastest but Mick and his support team were always there to to assist and nothing was too much…Read More >>
Trekking the Kokoda Trail …. Wow !
Trekking the Kokoda Trail plus raising much needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service … Double Wow !!
Six months ago I signed up to do both and was mildly daunted to say the least. Little did I know that second to having…
Kokoda was a life changing experience, The Australian history of the track allowed an insight into the struggles that our troops face but also the mateship and sacrifice evident. The trek was a real fitness challenge for myself but the sense of accomplishment and pride I can place in…Read More >>
Kokoda was definitely one of the hardest challenges I have ever experienced! Being apart of the trek was for sure the most eye opening experiences seeing how the village people lived, with so little and seeing them still manage to get by. From having barely any clothes, food and…Read More >>
Kokoda was never on my bucket list and was something I never believed I was capable of doing. Twelve months ago that all changed.
Inspired by my grandfather, Lieutenant Donald Simonson MC, who fought on the track in the 39th Battalion and a desire for a personal challenge, I booked…
My story begins 6 months before embarking on the experience of a lifetime. After being generously picked on behalf of my school to venture the Kokoda Trek, I straight away got involved in any training available. Throughout the 6am starts twice a week, for almost 6 months, my overall…Read More >>
As a Duke of Ed participant I was chosen to do the Kokoda trail as our major expedition. It was a 10 day excursion which saw us travelling from Sydney to Queensland then to PNG. Our head porters name was Ned who was very welcoming. The experience was absolutely…Read More >>
The most enjoyable and sensational experiences in my life.
The trip had all I ever expected. The professionalism from was outstanding and everything was taken care of.
It was very well organised from all the training, to set us up for the Kokoda trip. Our guide Grant James was exceptional in…
I have wanted to walk the Kokoda track for many, many years, for a personal challenge and to experience even partially what our diggers did in 1942.
We chose a local based company whose priority was to prepare you as much as it could before you left Australia. The fitness…
I have just completed an amazing trek of Kokoda with Escape Trekking Adventures – a highly professional group. The owners of ETA – Shane and Tina were readily available to assist with questions before I left and their training plan ensured I was thoroughly prepared. While on the Kokoda…Read More >>
Before undertaking this trek, I had read about the track and the anticipated difficulties of the steep inclines and declines, along with mud. Nonetheless, I was keen to take on the adventure for the challenge and to honour our Aussie Diggers and the fabulous Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. …Read More >>
Kokoda was one of the best experiences of my life. Australian Kokoda Tours don’t change a thing. I felt it was very well organised which left us with nothing to do but enjoy the journey , We had the pleasure of having Nigel as our Australian guide and he…Read More >>
My trek to Kokoda was faultless in everything they did with a wonderful human touch, but mainly to thank the great man, in my humble opinion I truly believe Mick our head guide to be one of the finest Australians I have ever met, his passion for teaching Australians…Read More >>
A really positive experience, extremely well organised tour. Even though things didn’t always go to plan, I felt that it would all work out. I think it is great that we are met at PNG airport and given an opportunity to meet with other trekkers. The whole experience was…Read More >>
I had most fantastic time in Kokoda and will be doing it again with Australian Kokoda Tours. We had the most fantastic Guide in Grant James who made the experience a dream. All the training we did was great and prepared us well for it and Katie was a…Read More >>
Day four was the hardest day I have ever endured, EVER! After three massive days of my body getting used to walking up and down, up and down, and feeling pain like it had never felt pain before, we had to tackle the biggest, most distressing day of our…Read More >>
I expected the trek to be extremely challenging but at the same time I didn’t know the details of how I would be challenged.
My personal porter was amazing. He shadowed me the entire trip and without me saying anything, noticed I was concerned about my knee and was patiently…
Walking with the South Sea Horizons team on the Kokoda was amazing. The food, the singing the historical stories that Banabas shared with us was really emotional.
The fact we are walking with the locals makes is so much more special. Walking past their villages you could see we were…
I would recommend anyone who willing to walk the Kokoda with a great local team to speak to the guys at South Sea Horizons. They are a great crew and very professional
I took this on for a physical challenge.
South Sea Horizons definitely gave me that in a…
I’m a woman of 57 years, On the 19th August 2016 I have just completed the most moving, memorable experience of my lifetime trekking the Kokoda Trail from Owers Corner to Kokoda with Kokoda Trail Expeditions. Our Guide leader Arthur Danny was absolutely exceptional with his organisation and care,…Read More >>
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels do really live up to their name. Even their descendants still have their traits. 3wks later I still get emotional about the Track and how we were treated by the South Sea Horizon Team. We were well looked after. The Porters really stuck by us…Read More >>
Exceptional Company! Every aspect of this adventure was professionally planned and executed. From initial inquiries to the final night in Port Moresby, I could not fault the efforts of Getaway Trekking. I particularly commend this Australian based outfit for the manner in which they treat their local employees. It…Read More >>
South Sea Horizons provided the best care along the way and exceeded my expectations as porters and guides. Although I do not have experience to compare SSH with others, the team that looked after us did very well and we built a bond with our respective porters that…Read More >>
Thankyou so much for my Kokoda experience! My porter, Andy was awesome. He helped me so much and was always there when I needed a hand, as was James jnr and my dads porter, Jimmy. Saii and Allan were very welcoming and comforting on the night before our trek…Read More >>
I have walked the Kokoda before so I knew what to expect. The SSH Team were absolutely brilliant in getting us to our destination each day.
My personal porters Ezra and Dros were wonderful. They were always by my side – one walking in front of me, and the other…
My 2 sons and I, as a family bonding exercise, recently completed the Kokoda Trail with Australian Kokoda Tours led by Mick O’Malley. We knew it would be hot, humid and a challenge, and it was. Fortunately we had been physically well prepared by Mick and his team prior…Read More >>
I trekked the Kokoda track in 2008, it was the most amazing thing I have done. I loved the people (other hikers and PNG porters). The country was beautiful, I loved arriving at the villages at the end of the day, the villagers were great and friendly. And the…Read More >>
You hear that Kokoda is tough. . . but nothing will ever prepare you for the challenge that trek presents. Simply hearing the words “Kokoda” should bring people to their knees! It is definitely more mental that physical but demanding in every way. Ultimately, that’s the attraction. It wouldn’t…Read More >>
This Anzac Day we celebrated ALL those who have defended our country in a very special way. We were a part of the AUSTRALIAN KOKODA TOURS 2016 Anzac Day Trek.
This experience was amazing, with every little detail seamlessly taken care of from all of our training prior to the…
I’m middle aged and not all that fit, but my husband and I completed a section of the Kokoda track last month. It didn’t take long to realise how slippery and difficult the track was, when my husband did a perfect cartwheel down a ridge and sprained his…Read More >>
If you’re considering trekking Kokoda, do it! Our trip to raise funds for beyondblue was an unforgettable experience. We had a truly amazing and supportive group of people to share the challenge with. Tough going at times but so, so incredibly rewarding – and so humbling to think of…Read More >>
I always wanted to hike the Kokoda Track. I have no direct connections to anyone who fought in the campaign but felt this was a great way to show my appreciation. I completed the trek over ANZAC, dawn service at Isurava, and it was an emotional experience. Reading Paul…Read More >>
As you land in Popendatta your senses are assaulted by the heat, humidity and bustling environment of the locals. The vehicle ride to Kokoda is mind blowing as you seem to be crossing over river after river that the bridges have been decimated by floods. It is the…Read More >>
Being able to trek the Kokoda Trail with South Sea Horizons was an absolute dream come true! Never did I actually think I would get the chance to fulfil one of my dreams (and actually make it unscathed!).
Even doing my research, I had absolutely no idea of what I…
What an adventure! Trekking Kokoda with a group of awesome people – all raising funds for beyondblue – was a truly incredible experience and one I will treasure forever.
A huge amount of respect for the incredible Back Track crew and team of porters who worked tirelessly to get us…
I’ve wanted to walk Kokoda for several years, mainly with my fascination for WW2 and the infamy of Kokoda in Australian war history.
In 2014 I started The Blue Tutu Project to raise awareness about and challenge the social stigma of mental illness.
When the opportunity to…
What a great experience trekking with South Sea Horizons. With local guides that live along the track giving us a great insight into village lifestyle and the history of the track. Kokoda will be an experience that I will remember and relive with my fellow trekkers for life. …Read More >>
We were a group of five from country sa, we used south seas horizon! They were amazing … We were looked after so well, our guides, food porters were fantastic. 1 2 sing… Every night was my favourite, the boys have amazing voices. My personal porter George had my…Read More >>
Last year I was given the opportunity to join beyondblue on a trek on the Kokoda Trail. The trek was scheduled for Anzac Day 2016, so combined two groups I have the utmost respect and admiration for.
After loads of training and fundraising for the event, I set off,…
I started this experience with my dad because it’s something he had always wanted to do!
We started and it’s a tough going experience, I don’t think any amount of training can make you 100% prepared for the terrain and the ups and downs you come across! However, it’s very…
Trekking with South Sea Horizons on the Kokoda was simply amazing. The local guides and porters are simply amazing. It was great to create a bond with the locals and have them show us their villages and share the Kokoda stories with us. From start to finish they never…Read More >>
I decided to walk the Kokoda Track on 1/11 to 11/11/2012 (Kokoda to Owers Corner) with Charlie Lynn and Adventure Kokoda Team for the 70th Anniversary Trek to fulfil and accomplish a personal dream. I went on my own with the blessing of my husband and sons’. I met…Read More >>
I recently did Kokoda through South Sea Horizons. I am incredibly proud that we managed to complete Kokoda to Owers in 5 and 1/2 days. Definitely the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but extremely rewarding, enriching, challenging and humbling. I had to continually overcome my…Read More >>
Wow my recent trip to the Kokoda Track in PNG was so memorable.
It began as an item on my bucket list, but when a bunch of my school friends decided to take on the challenge I jumped at the opportunity to share the experience.
The professionalism of our team both…
My father was in WW2 and served mostly in New Guinea and the Pacific and it was a dream of mine to trek Kokoda for many years!! Until I met Mick O’Malley of Australian Kokoda Tours who made my dream a reality. His support, encouragement, training and knowledge on…Read More >>
An absolutely memorable Trek. It was a real bucket list item for me to complete, a personal challenge that I had been looking forward to with many different expectations however nothing I could have thought of would have prepared me for just how FUN the experience was. Everything from…Read More >>
After an abrupt end to my service in Afghanistan – I never felt closure or thought I would experience the value of mateship again.
As I descended down our first hill to a very refreshing river crossing from Owers’ Corner, I started to question what I got myself into with…
I trekked Kokoda with Mick O’Malley at Australian Kokoda Tours between 16th April until 26th 2015 for the ANZAC 100th year anniversary. I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life. Mick was so full of information about the war and I learnt so much about…Read More >>
When asked to describe our Kokoda track experience I find it incredibly hard. How do you begin to explain the breathtaking scenery, the importance of its history, the amazing kindness of our porters, the constant laughter and unforgettable memories we shared and, of course, the actual track? I walked…Read More >>
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…Read More >>
On the second day I nearly died, without my cpap machine (which I use for sleep apnoea) for the whole duration of the trail I struggled. I thought why the hell am I doing this for as I approached my tent and collapsed with exhaustion. I never even realised…Read More >>
This is my letter to Kokoda Trekking
Dear Nathen and Gal,
I apologise it has taken me a few weeks to write to you, I have been quiet busy since I returned from PNG…..
Over many years we have talked to so many people who have completed the track, it soon became…
I walked the track for my son Dillon who tried to commit suicide late last year suffering a psychotic episode. He has since been diagnosed with schizophrenia and thankfully is still with us. I walked with 38 other Trekkers leaders and porters in September this year as part of…Read More >>