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Kokoda ANZAC 100th Anniversary

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Departure Dates-See our online calendar for details

 

Raise funds for the families of our modern day heroes.

 

Join us as we pay our respects to our wartime heroes of old and raise valuable funds for the families of those who have lost their lives fighting for our country in recent times. Each trek will hold commemorative ceremonies at the battle sites to pay our respects to our Australian troops and will attend an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Isurava memorial.

The Kokoda Track stretches 96 kilometres through what is arguably some of the most rugged and wild jungle in the world. This track holds an extremely important place in Australia's history. From July 1942, the route over the Owen Stanley Range witnessed the battle hardened Japanese war machine, encounter young, unprepared, untrained, unproven and hopelessly outnumbered Australian soldiers. It was on the Kokoda Track that these young Australians learnt on the ground, under duress and with little support other than their mates, to be able to hold off the enemy and then mount an assault worthy of legend. It as here that the Aussie legend, born at Gallipolli was forged to be part of our psyche. Many men fought and many men died to protect Australia on this small island country to the north with their only thought at 18 - 21 years of age being to protect their home and their family at the cost of themselves.

 

Our Itinerary

Day 1 – We leave Brisbane and fly directly to Port Moresby and are met by our ground transport at the airport and are transported back to our hotel. Here we undertake an extensive in-country brief including what to expect, how to pack and other administration for your trek.

Day 2 – We transfer by road out to Owers Corner and the official start of the Track. From here we head down and over the Goldie River and then walk to our night location of Uberi.

Day 3 – A bright and early start for our first full day on Track as we head up and over Imitia Ridge and then down through the stunningly beautiful Ua-ale Creek where we spend out time crisscrossing through the river in this moss covered forest. After a stop at Iroibaiwa Village we tackle the formidable Ioribaiwa ridge, the furthermost point of the Japanese advance before coming into our night location at Offi Creek.

Day 4 – After a steep ascent from Offi Creek we start a steady climb up to Japanese camp before climbing Japs Ladder. From here we slowly tacakle the 9 false crests of the Maguli range and head down into the beautiful village of Nauro. After meeting the children and a well-earned break we desend down into the Brown River basin and to our night location of Agulogo on the banks of Brown River.

Day 5 - We're up early for a hill climb to the top of Menari Gap for some amazing views out over Menar and the valley. We head down and through this beautiful village before starting our climb to Brigade Hill the site of one of the fiercest battles of the campaign. After paying our respects we move on for an emotional briefing on Mission Ridge before heading into Efogi to reach the half way point of our journey.

Day 6 - This morning begins with a climb up to Efogi 2. From here we continue on to Naduri Village for morning tea. Here we meet one of the last remaining Papuan Carriers and hear his war stories - a truly memorable experience. The team then proceeds on to 1900 creek and then we climb steadily to reach the highest point of the track and Kokoda Gap. We spend the night at Templeton's One at the base of Mt Bellamy.

Day 7 - Today we head toward Templeton's Crossing named in honour of Captain Sam Templeton. From here we make our way along the creek line then up the ridgeline and down into Eora Creek the site of the Regimental Aid Post during the battle of Isurava and the scene of some fierce fighting on both the fighting withdrawal and the Australian Advance. As we climb down to the creek line we can notice the many weapons pits still visible today. We then take our time as we make our way toward Alola Village and down and into the Isurava Battleround site - a moving and emotional monument built to remember those that fought on those hallowed ground during the battle of Isurava. Here we overnight on ANZAC eve to ready for the dawn service the following morning.

Day 8 - ANZAC DAY - Today we pay homage to our fallen heroes during the dawn service at the Isurava memorial. After the service we head to Isurava village and then onto Deniki. From Deniki we take our final descent down through the picturesque creek village of Hoi and then on to our finish point at Kokoda Station.

Day 9 - This morning we look around the Kokoda plateau and then board our charter flight back to Port Moresby. On arrival we then proceed on to pay our respects at the Bomana War Cemetery and back to the hotel to refresh ourselves for our dinner celebration.

Day 10 - We rise early to transfer to the Airport and fly home to our family and friends with a lot of great memories, a new group of friends and a new appreciation of those that took part int he Kokoda campaign.

Price

$5850pp - minimum participants 8 pax

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
- Two nights accomodation in Port Moresby (4-start) on a twin share basis*
- Personal travel insurance
- Restaurant meals in Port Moresby
- Charter flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda
- All transfers and transport in Port Moresby
- Accomodation on the Kokoda 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, night shirt and cap
- A trip to Bomana War Cemetery

EXCLUSIONS:

- Personal expenses such as phone call costs, beverages at the hotel
- Return economy airfare from Brisbane to Port Moresby
- 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 upgrading flights or staying in a single room in Port Moresby. We can advise the extra costs associated with these options at the time of booking.

 

Contact us for more information

 

 

 

The Kokoda Track Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.kokodatrackfoundation.org/

 

 

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