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Black Cat Track 70th Anniversary

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Departure Dates-See our online calendar for details

 

PNG's Black Cat Track

 

The Black Cat Track is regarded as one of the toughest tracks in PNG, if not the world. If you have walked the Kokoda Track, and are up for another challenge or are looking for a shorter military history based adventure over a track that is more technical and not as established as its counterpart, then this trek is for you.

In World War II many Australian soldiers and Papuan carriers lost their lives in the fierce battles of Wau and Salamaua. This memorable and moving trek takes you along the track from Wau down to Salamaua on the Huon Coast.  While walking through thick jungle, negotiating moss-covered rocks and crossing fast flowing rivers you will see weapons pits, ammunitions and enormous bomb craters. You will meet the villagers and be welcomed to their lands by traditional dancing and ‘sing sings’ as you retrace the soldiers’ footsteps over this incredibly dense, rugged jungle.  As you trek through to the base of Mt Tambu you will be in awe of the Australian troops that were able to fight and succeed in such intense terrain and  trying circumstances. To complete our trek we float down the Francisco river on our bamboo rafts built by our friends in Komiatum to reach the white sands of the spectacular Salamaua beach.

If you are interested in joining us on this unforgettable journey and would like to make a difference to the lives of the families of our troops lost in recent battles by raising funds for the Commando Welfare Trust  then make an enquiry today.

 

Our Itinerary

DAY 1 - Today we fly from Brisbane to Port Moresby for a comprehensive trek briefing before heading off on our adventure.

DAY 2 - Today we connect with our domestic flight through to Bulolo. Here we are met by the Vincents and transported to our guesthouse accommodation in their home grounds via some local spots of interest. From these grounds we can make out Wandumi Ridge a significant spot in the Battle for Wau and the site of some heroic Australia spirit. After some packing we are treated to a home cooked dinner and conversation before turning in for some sleep to prepare for the days to follow.

DAY 3 - We start early to get to our start point just past Beiaweng around an hour away. We “go bush” as we trek toward the Grey Ghost B17 bomber wreck for a look before heading back to the track through the Kunai into the rainforest. We then pass Banis Donkey where we stop for lunch and onto our night location at Charlie’s Rest.

DAY 4 - Today the trekking gets taken up a notch getting a little more technical as we follow the hill contours toward our night location. We overnight in the beautiful village of Skindiwai.

DAY 5 - A big day requiring concentration and care as the terrain becomes more demanding. Our night location of Gaudagasul is a welcome site when we enter and stay in the village guesthouse. The views from here are truly breathtaking.

DAY 6 - Today is the day of many creek crossings. The magnificent Bitoi leads up along the track as we climb up and over into Mubo village and our night location. Here traditional singers welcome us and we visit the school and hang out with the local kids. This is a shorter day to allow us to fully explore Mubo and the history surrounding this location.

DAY 7 - We start the day back in the river system with numerous crossings before a steep climb up the Nui Camp. From here we slowly make our way down to the river village of Komiatum where again we experience a traditional welcome and an opportunity to visit the local museum.

DAY 8 - Today we elect either a leisurely start to the day while our hosts build us some bamboo rafts to drift down the Francisco river toward Salamaua beach or to tackle an assault up Charley Hill the site of action that won an Australian Medic the Military Cross for his actions. On our arrival at Salamaua we find our night location in readiness for our 70th Anniversary Dawn service the following day.

DAY 9 - After an early start and an emotional service we explore Salamaua then board our boat and head to Lae International hotel for our celebration dinner.

DAY 10 -Today we transfer to Lae Airport to connect with our return flight to Brisbane via Port Moresby.

 

Price

$5350

 

Inclusions:

□Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program for interstate trekkers.

□International flights Brisbane - Port Moresby - Bulolo and Lae - Port Moresby - Brisbane return.

□Two nights accommodation in PNG (3.5 – 4 star) on a twin share basis*..

□Personal travel insurance.

□All transfers and transport in PNG.

□Accommodation on the Black Cat Track in a village hut, tent or bush camp..

□All food during the trek—ration packs are prepared in Australia.

□Most personal camping and cooking equipment.

□Local PNG porters for group equipment.

□Trek gear including trekking shirt, and cap.

□A trip to Lae War Cemetery.

 

Exclusions:

□Personal expenses such as phone call costs, beverages at the hotel.

□Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing.

□Personal porter/carrier charges if required ($650 per personal porter).

□PNG Visa.

□Inoculations and anti-malarial medication.

□Connecting flights to and from Brisbane.

 

*Trekkers also have the option of staying in a single room which in Port Moresby

 

 

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