The Kokoda Track is a journey that will take you to one of Australia’s most important WWII battle sites and immerse you that history. Walking the Kokoda Track will transport you to another time, when Australia was in danger of being invaded by the seemingly unstoppable Imperial Japanese Army. You will gain a great appreciation of the conditions endured by Australian Diggers as well as gain an understanding of local living conditions and cultures as well as the natural wonders of the Owen Stanley Ranges.
Walking the Kokoda Track involves 50 hours of hiking over 96km of sharp, timbered ridges, steep-sided valleys and fast flowing rivers. Vantage points along the Track reveal magnificent mountain landscapes, and a wide variety of flora and fauna is encountered. Trekkers pass through local villages where descendants of the wartime “fuzzy wuzzy angels” continue to live simple traditional lifestyles while providing a warm welcome to passing trekkers.
The best time to walk the Kokoda Track is in the dry season, April to October. It is definitely a drier time to go and the Track is in a good condition. You can trek in February, March, but it will very muddy and conditions are a lot tougher. If you are up for a challenge, the wetter time of the year may be for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
2020 Trek costs are $3980.00 AUS. This includes pre and post trek accomodation at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby, an Australian Guide, transfers, all meals on the track, tents, sleeping mats, full porter team, flight to Popendetta and transfer to Kokoda to begin the trek. Flights to Port Moresby are not included.
Can I hire a Personal Porter?
Definitely! Personal Porters can be hire for an additional $720. Your porter will support you by carrying your big pack that includes your sleeping bag, clothing etc. All you will need to carry will be a day pack that will have your water, snacks and wet weather gear. Your personal porter will also be on hand to support you when the terrain gets tricky.
How do I get to Port Moresby?
Flights to Port Moresby leave from Brisbane and Cairns on a regular basis. You will need a current passport that does not expire within 6 months of departure.
Arrive Port Moresby.
Fly to Popondetta and drive to Kokoda for the start of the trek. Trek to Deniki.
Trek Deniki to Alola via Isurava Battlefield. Visit Con’s Rock along the way.
Trek Alola to Templeton’s Crossing. Visit Japanese artillery placement at Eora Creek
Trek Templeton’s Crossing to Kagi via Kagi Gap or Myola Lakes.
A full day in the village of Kagi to interact with the locals.
Trek Kagi to Menari via Brigade Hill
Trek Menari to Nauro crossing through the swamps and Browns River
Trek Nauro to Va-ule Creek. Today we will pass through Ioribaiwa and Ofi Creek.
Trek Vu-ule Creek to Owers’ Corner. Drive to Port Moresby. Visit Bomana War Cemetry along the way. Relax and enjoy a celebratory Dinner with the Porters.
Fly out from Port Moresby to Home or onto another PNG destination.