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  • Adrian-Manikas

    Achievement

Adrian's story

June 15th, 2017

​For me, this trip was always going to be a milestone achievement, my 10th crossing of the Kokoda track. To make the trip even more special, I was lucky enough to be joined by my Mum (60), Dad (nearly 65) and younger sister. And to top it off, the…

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  • AJ

    Awesome

Andrew's story

June 15th, 2017

“​Small Groups Is Good” – September Trek AJ
As we began our trek, it was obvious that some of the competitors were maximizing their profit margin by having VERY large groups, anywhere from 28 to 46, on the track! Our thoughts were initially on river crossings where if it…

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  • Ryan

    Invigorating

Ryan's story

June 15th, 2017

​​Clearing the mind and invigorating the spirit is what Kokoda brings for many, and I saw this unfold for all the group that took on the track – the class of 2015.
This trip originally was put together by Colemans, celebrating Breanna’s 40th Birthday. There were five friends that…

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    Spectacular

Kayla 's story

June 15th, 2017

Doing the Kokoda track has always been on my bucket list so for my 30th birthday myself my husband and my parents went for the first trek of the season which was absolutely life changing and beyond all our expectations. Even after all the reading we had done nothing…

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    Amazing

Nathan's story

June 15th, 2017

My husband and son completed the Kokoda Trail in Sept 2016 with Australian Kokoda Tours and had an amazing experience. Leading up to the trek I was especially worried about my 15 year old son Zach being able to do the trek and must have phoned Mick or Nicole…

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    Fantastic

Sharon's story

June 15th, 2017

Fantastic experience and highly recommended. Well organised from start to finish. The porters are very easy going and professional at the same time. There is no pressure put on anyone and it was by far one of the best things I have ever done. I wold love to trek…

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    amazing

Sonja's story

June 15th, 2017

Walking the Kokoda Track was really one of the best experiences of my life. Not only because of the personal challenge it presents, but also because of the appreciation trekkers gain of the hardship, suffering, courage and ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Australian Diggers.
Australian Kokoda Tours is more…

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    amazing

Carol's story

June 15th, 2017

Words can not describe how amazing this experience is. It’s more of a feeling and emotions kind of thing. Micks passion for this beautiful place, its history and people is infectious, you leave feeling them same.. It’s the best thing I’ve done in my life, I still think about…

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    Brilliant

Claire's story

June 15th, 2017

Without a doubt one of the best things I’ve done in my life. I did Kokoda in August 2015 with my brother, and so glad we went with Australian Kokoda tours. The whole thing was so well organised, and Mick was a brilliant leader keeping the group motivated and…

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    appreciation

Sonja's story

June 15th, 2017

Walking the Kokoda Track was really one of the best experiences of my life. Not only because of the personal challenge it presents, but also because of the appreciation trekkers gain of the hardship, suffering, courage and ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Australian Diggers.
Australian Kokoda Tours is more…

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Carol's story

June 15th, 2017

Words can not describe how amazing this experience is. It’s more of a feeling and emotions kind of thing. Micks passion for this beautiful place, its history and people is infectious, you leave feeling them same.. It’s the best thing I’ve done in my life, I still think about…

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Claire's story

June 15th, 2017

Without a doubt one of the best things I’ve done in my life. I did Kokoda in August 2015 with my brother, and so glad we went with Australian Kokoda tours. The whole thing was so well organised, and Mick was a brilliant leader keeping the group motivated and…

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  • Bomana

    exhilarating

PAUL's story

June 15th, 2017

I went to Kokoda with the first group from St Joesphs College Geelong in 2013. I went, not only with my son, but also my father, so 3 generations. The trek was great to share with my family, but to share it with the other 30 boys, parents, teachers,…

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    Special

Peter's story

June 15th, 2017

A big congrats to you too, mick.. You made the trek worth doing, with the history and your knowledge lessons along the way, and the organisation of all the admin that you were responsible for, made the whole experience obtainable.. and special.
Keep up the great work, as Australian Kokoda…

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Lance's story

June 15th, 2017

Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved,…

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Mark's story

June 15th, 2017

Hello,
My name is Mark and I have wanted to trek the Kokoda trail, learn the history and engage in my own personal experience for some time. After researching the various operators online, I finally settled on ESCAPE TREKKING ADVENTURES (Shane and Tina). If you google them, read the…

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Dani's story

June 15th, 2017

I’ve wanted to walk The Kokoda Track my entire life, & after much research, I booked with Our Spirit.
With Our Spirit, every detail was executed with utter professionalism (as well as providing a sense of support, motivation & fun)….from my initial enquiry, to the assistance & guidance in preparation…

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Cassidy's story

June 15th, 2017

A shrill cry sounds from a Bird-Of-Paradise, piercing an eerily quite, phenomenally pristine jungle. A jungle, that 75 years previously, had seen some of the bloodiest warfare in World War 11.
Trekking the Kokoda Trail In Papua New Guinea for 8 days, allowed me to briefly understand the sacrifice our…

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Robert's story

June 15th, 2017

I’ve always had an understanding of the Kokoda campaign and what the Australian soldiers achieved on the track, but it wasn’t until I was physically there that I could actually appreciate the hardships of what the soldiers went through. Standing at Eora Creek looking up at the vertical escarpment…

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Nikki's story

June 15th, 2017

Sometimes you go through events or experiences in life that have a massive impact or resonate with you for the rest of your life. For me, April 2017, Kokoda did just that.
Trekking Kokoda through Australian Kokoda Tours for the 75th Anniversary was a dream come true. Its something I…

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Robyn's story

June 15th, 2017

​Each day brought new challenges – the first, a long walk over tough terrain to reach the Isurava battlesite – a timely reminder as we finished ANZAC day reflecting on the four words carved into the pillars: Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice. Words that forged the legend of Kokoda -…

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Andrew's story

June 15th, 2017

There are so many interesting and challenging things happening this year in support of the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign. Our journey across the Owen Stanley Range to be present at the Dawn Service was just a small part, but so very special to all.
In all, 14…

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Hadyn's story

June 15th, 2017

So… doing a 6 day Fast Kokoda (as opposed to the standard 8 or 9 day) seemed a good idea at the time! Now that we were in Port Moresby’s Holiday Inn at our pre-trek briefing, with Track reports coming in of swollen rivers, bridges washed away , knee…

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Paul's story

June 15th, 2017

I did the trek in July 2016 with Mick O’Malley and his company, Australian Kokoda Tours. The information, preparation and planning for the trip was outstanding. The trek itself was seamless despite the many challenges that PNG and in particular the trek, presents. What made the…

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    Mateship

Robyn's story

January 12th, 2017

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…

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  • Al Grasby

    BLOODYAWESOME

Al's story

December 21st, 2016

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…

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  • Shane Flag Kokoda

    MATESHIP

Shane's story

December 21st, 2016

‘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…

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Matthew's story

December 21st, 2016

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…

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    SUCCESS

Justin's story

December 21st, 2016

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…

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  • Peter Ranasinghe Jumping People

    UNFORGETTABLE

Peter's story

December 21st, 2016

​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…

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  • Hadyn Kokoda

    THANKS

Hadyn's story

December 21st, 2016

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…

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David's story

December 19th, 2016

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….

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  • Barry Jenks Menari

    Awesome

Barry's story

December 19th, 2016

We were just a small group of 4 trekkers plus myself and the porters. We did have the pleasure of spending the first couple of days with fast trekker, Rufus. Rufus joined us pre-trek at the Holiday Inn and stayed with us until Deniki…

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  • School Dan Hogarth

    Inspirational

Dan's story

December 19th, 2016

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…

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Stewart's story

December 19th, 2016

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…

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    WOW

Andrew's story

December 19th, 2016

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…

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  • Ruth Ramplin Kokoda

    PROUD

Ruth's story

December 19th, 2016

​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…

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James's story

December 19th, 2016

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…

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Mark's story

November 24th, 2016

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…

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Kylie's story

November 24th, 2016

I was feeling all sorts of emotions, good and bad, when I signed up to hike the Kokoda Track. I had no idea what to expect and was wondering if my legs would actually get me to the finishing arches. The week before my departure my Dad…

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Liam 's story

November 24th, 2016

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…

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Stephanie's story

November 21st, 2016

On the 16th of September in 2016 I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime with 12 of the best people you will ever meet. Ever since I came to the school in 2013 and heard about the Kokoda Trip that our school runs it has been my goal…

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Jay's story

November 21st, 2016

Kokoda was an eye opening experience for me, not only was it an amazing walk, it was also a history lesson and a bonding experience, the people, the culture and the lifestyle was something new that I had never experienced before.

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Liam's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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Marie's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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Flynn's story

November 21st, 2016

My story began in late March where a paragraph on our online news feed was read out to the home group for students from year 10 to 12 to express interest for a possibility to walk the Kokoda Track. I jumped to the occasion and quickly did the sign…

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Aidan's story

November 21st, 2016

As we walked out the main doors of the Port Moresby airport. We all knew, this was actually it. For the 6 months prior, we had been training for this day, and it was finally here.
As soon as I set foot in Papua New Guinea, I was in…

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Luke's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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    WOW

Jenny's story

November 21st, 2016

From the first time I spoke to Aidan Grimes at Our Spirit I knew I had mad the right choice. My father was in New Guinea during WW2 and although he didn’t fight on the Kokada Track plenty of his mates did. I remembered meeting some of them as…

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    Unforgettable

Cam's story

November 21st, 2016

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….

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    Incredible

Luke's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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David's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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    Leadership

Rob's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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    Unforgettable

Janine's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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Jess 's story

November 21st, 2016

My trip to Kokoda will always be one of the best highlights of my life. We left from Melbourne in the early hours of the morning on the 16th of September, boarded our plane and arrived in Brisbane. Shortly after we landed we took off again for PNG. We…

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Francesca's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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    Gratifying

Jenna's story

November 21st, 2016

My advise to anyone – 100% #TotesAchievable #KokodaKeen
I just got back to Australia 2 days ago after finishing one of the best bush hike adventures I have ever done, the Kokoda Trail. I was fortunate enough to complete the trail through a reputable company called BackTrack Adventures.
Now, before I…

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Catherine's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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Sally's story

November 21st, 2016

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…

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    Stunning

Tony's story

November 21st, 2016

Being in my mid fifties I decided I needed a challenge in my life and wanted to pay my respect to our Australian diggers so I signed up to do the Kokoda Track with Back Track Adventures. I was lucky to do the trek with 15 friends including my…

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Brent's story

November 9th, 2016

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…

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Bradley's story

November 9th, 2016

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…

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    Indescribable

Kim's story

November 9th, 2016

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…

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Bailey's story

November 9th, 2016

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…

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Jack's story

November 9th, 2016

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…

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    Sensational

Michael's story

October 3rd, 2016

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…

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Anne Maree's story

October 3rd, 2016

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…

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    Spiritual

Bernard's story

September 15th, 2016

As part of our training for Kokoda, myself and the others in our group joined a local bush walking club as well as organising a two day overnight hike from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba. This was a great asset so as to do a shake down camp to test…

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    Amazing

Stuart's story

September 12th, 2016

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…

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    Fantastic

Barry's story

September 9th, 2016

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. …

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    Amazing

Peter's story

September 9th, 2016

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…

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    faultless

Brendan 's story

September 9th, 2016

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…

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    Fantastic

Paige 's story

September 9th, 2016

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…

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    Thankyou

Adrian's story

September 9th, 2016

Walking with the South Sea Horizons crew was a dream come true. I found the track tough, and very hard but the boys from South Sea Horizons pushed me the entire way and got me to the end.
The level of care that the team at South Sea Horizons…

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    Fantastic

Michael 's story

September 9th, 2016

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…

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Marty's story

September 7th, 2016

Kokoda was the experience of a life time. And it isn’t the trek itself, or the group I went with, or experiencing my first overseas trip that I am most grateful for, it is the people of Papua New Guinea, our porters, that I am most grateful for. These…

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    Unforgettable

Dannica's story

September 7th, 2016

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…

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    Awesome

Ben 's story

September 7th, 2016

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…

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Karla 's story

September 7th, 2016

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…

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    Physical

Brad 's story

September 7th, 2016

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…

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    AMAZING

Trousseau 's story

September 7th, 2016

kokoda for me.
I decided I wanted to walk the kokoda track because,well many many reasons but most of all because it is part of our history and because it is an experience of a lifetime.
It would be nothing but stupid to say no to a once in a…

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    Exceptional

Samantha's story

September 7th, 2016

I was very fortunate to be ask to be a Supervisor on this amazing experience through the Police & Community Youth Club where we took a group of young teens from Huonville and Bridgewater for a 7day trek at first it was a big shock I had no idea…

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    Memorable

Roslyn's story

August 25th, 2016

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,…

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    Inspirational

Kerri's story

August 18th, 2016

I was lucky enough to recently trek Kokoda with my daughter and a friend. It was a remarkable and inspirational experience and I would advise anyone who has the chance to do it. After a lot of research I chose No Roads to go with. I couldn’t…

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    Amazing

Kathryn's story

August 18th, 2016

There was no one reason for wanting to do the Kokoda Trail, but it was something that my son and I had talked about for a long time. He is now 18 and the timing was right. We looked into many different trekking companies and decided to go with…

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Judith 's story

August 12th, 2016

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…

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simone's story

August 12th, 2016

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…

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    Amazing

George 's story

August 3rd, 2016

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…

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Alyce 's story

August 3rd, 2016

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…

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Michelle 's story

August 3rd, 2016

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…

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Hayden 's story

July 14th, 2016

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…

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    Amazing

Brett 's story

June 8th, 2016

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…

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Taz's story

June 3rd, 2016

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…

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Scott's story

June 2nd, 2016

With no direct military history in our family for over 100 years, around ANZAC day 2014, I was being drawn to talk about Kokoda, but I could not fathom why. To the extent, that I had to make the decision to ‘Do Kokoda’ on the next ANZAC day. 2015….

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Kylie's story

June 2nd, 2016

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…

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    Moving

Nicole 's story

June 2nd, 2016

I walked the track with my sister to honour the steps of my grandfather. He was in the 2/31st he came home after his 3rd bout of malaria after we had reached the beachheads. He lost every loved one he enlisted with including his best mate Archie who was…

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Christine's story

May 31st, 2016

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…

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Dean's story

May 31st, 2016

I was walking up an enormous hill to Brigade Hill, behind the slowest person in the group that I was helping this day. And then the heavens opened up, and it pissed rain on us for 4 hours up this never ending hill. This walker was the slowest person…

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    Transcendent

Rebecca's story

May 31st, 2016

My father grew up in PNG, so it had always been on my radar as a place to visit. In 2011 I was mugged after finishing a volunteer shift at Lifeline one night. I was attacked by an ice addict and dragged down the street. I lost a lot…

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Katelyn's story

May 27th, 2016

I trekked Kokoda in 2011 as a 16 year old as a part of a youth mentoring program. Originally I was told that I couldn’t travel to Papua New Guinea that year as there was an overflow of eager young adults wanting to participate. But I continued to…

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Kimberley's story

May 27th, 2016

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…

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    Rewarding

Sarah's story

May 27th, 2016

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…

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Joe's story

May 27th, 2016

I shared an amazing 12 days trekking Kokoda with Back Track. Jim is a wealth of knowledge as well as a kind caring soul for not only his trekkers welfare but also the porters and support crew. The work that has been put into these villages by Jim and…

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    Inspiring

Kim's story

May 27th, 2016

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…

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    Unreal!

Bec's story

May 27th, 2016

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…

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Kimberley's story

May 13th, 2016

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…

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Paul's story

May 4th, 2016

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…

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    Fantastic

Mike's story

May 3rd, 2016

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. …

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    Unforgettable!

Kelly's story

May 2nd, 2016

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…

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Kris's story

May 2nd, 2016

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,…

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Alyce's story

May 2nd, 2016

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…

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Nicole 's story

April 18th, 2016

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…

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    Memorable

Lisa's story

April 11th, 2016

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…

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    Life-changing

Anna-Liza's story

April 11th, 2016

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…

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    Rewarding

Travis's story

April 11th, 2016

Walking the track with my Uncle was something I always have looked forward to doing. The porters and guides at South Sea Horizons are like my uncles.

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Lincoln 's story

April 11th, 2016

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…

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Maz's story

December 11th, 2015

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…

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    Incredible

Tim 's story

December 11th, 2015

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…

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    Spiritual

Michael (Ubique)'s story

May 11th, 2015

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…

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greg's story

May 7th, 2015

April 2015 will always be an experience that I will continue to look back on with wonder, excitement, perspective and awe. To be able to sit with my family and friends and tell them in every detail of the amazing adventure I had and the great people I was…

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Kristy's story

May 4th, 2015

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…

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Stacey's story

April 27th, 2015

I trekked Kokoda with Mick O’Malley – Australian Kokoda tours in September 2014. This is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have always had an interest in the history of Australia at war and to be able to walk the same track in which our…

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    Unforgettable

Charlotte's story

January 27th, 2015

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…

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Lindsay's story

January 26th, 2015

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…

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Glenn's story

January 19th, 2015

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…

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Amanda's story

October 22nd, 2014

My Grandfather fought with the 2/27th Battalion along the Kokoda Track, he never spoke much of his time in the war yet for me, being an Aussie digger was a big part of his identity and a part that as an Australian makes my heart swell with pride. My…

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Simon 's story

October 17th, 2014

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…

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Mark's story

October 14th, 2014

When my wife and I decided after our 2012 trek that we wanted to go back again we decided we wanted to do something for the people along the track so we founded Trek 4 Education. This was my 4th time back and my wife’s 3rd.
So again on September…

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Jacqueline's story

October 14th, 2014

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…

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