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Join an ex-Australian SAS veteran on a once in a lifetime trek to the historic battlefields of Kokoda. Adventure Bound Tours will provide you an authentic experience of this living World War II track. Olly is a modern-day Aussie infantry soldier who served in recent conflicts around the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq. He explains the battles from a diggers’ perspective and gives insights that only a soldier could! Olly also spent time as an instructor at Jungle Training Wing, where he taught Australian and international troops the skills of jungle warfare, which the defence force learnt from campaigns such as Kokoda! We stage our treks in and out of Cairns, a 1 1/2hr flight from Port Moresby! Cairns is a safe city to prepare for the trek and enables people to buy any last-minute equipment or supplies easily. You could also celebrate and enjoy a relaxing stay in Cairns or Port Douglas at the end of your trek! We realise that the history and personal stories of the Kokoda Track are what makes the trek so special, so we don’t skip over the history or walk past important sites, Olly gives relevant briefs at each significant site. We conduct two personal services along the Track, one at Brigade Hill, a major battlesite, and very emotional, as well as at a Dawn Service at the Isurava Memorial, the largest on the track. We are a family run company who are invested in each trekker to ensure you have the best possible experience, you are not just a number! And our local guides and porters are like family and will look out for your every need. They have a great respect and relationship with Olly which comes across throughout the trek. You will also form a strong bond amongst fellow trekkers, and we often have groups continue friendships for years to come. Adventure Bound Tours is known for its high standards and professionalism. Safety is our number one priority. With Olly’s military and emergency services experience, you are in expert hands! Many people trek with us because of a recommendation from past trekkers, which cannot be beaten! The quality of your trekking experience depends larging on your trek guide; Olly will ensure your experience is life changing!
Day 1 : Pre - Trek: Cairns ( aus).
You will arrive in Cairns by midday the day before your trek commences. We gather at our hotel, the Double Tree Hilton for a pre-trek briefing mid afternoon and a pre departure dinner at 6.30pm. We meet the other trekkers in our group and your trek leader. Before dinner your trek leader will give a short presentation covering safety, culture and expectations and do last-minute pack adjustments. We will then have dinner together before getting an early night ready for our morning departure.
Day 2 : Good Water Camp - Ofi Creek. 13km
After breakfast and a brief, we will say goodbye to the locals and continue our climb up the Golden Stairs to Imita Ridge where the gallant Australians were ordered to make their last stand against the Japanese. We can move a short distance along the ridge where there are still defensive positions visible after 75 years. From here we will descend down into Ua-Ule creek where we will criss-cross the creek a number of times before commencing the climb up Ioribaiwa Ridge where we find the furthest point of the Japanese advance. Here we can take a break and again discover some visible defences from both the Australians and Japanese. We will now descend into Ofi creek where a successful ambush was set and initiated by the Australians during their tactical withdrawal using food stores as bait for the starving Japanese for our night stop.
Day 3 : Ofi Creek - Agologo Village. 13km
Today is a long steep climb up the Maguli Range. We stop to have a look at the Japanese mountain gun position which they used to fire on the Australians at Ioribaiwa Ridge before the Japanese attack. There are several false crests until we reach the summit of the Maguli Range. We continue onto Nauro Village for lunch. After lunch we have a relatively easy walk through the Nauro Swamp before we cross the mighty Brown River, the biggest on the Track. We then head into the lovely village of Agulogo for the night.
Day 4 : Agulogo Village - Efogi 1 Village. 16km
Our day starts with a walk up ‘the wall’ which is an appropriate description of a steep climb which takes you to a lookout where you will experience views over Menari and Mt Victoria on a clear day. We now descend into the large village of Menari which is famous for the 39th Battalion parade where they were addressed by their Commander Lt Col Ralph Honner and congratulated on their efforts. Here we will have the opportunity to walk around the village and meet some of the locals and see some war time ordinance. We then have a steep incline up to the famous battle grounds of Brigade Hill. There is a memorial here and some stakes in the ground where Australians were buried and later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. We will stop here for a short time and pay our respects to the fallen with a simple service. We descend into present day Efogi Village for the night where we are about halfway through our journey.
Day 5 : Efogi 1 Village - Bombers Camp. 13km
Leaving Efogi Village we have a climb up to Efogi 2 Village. Here we will stop for a short break and inspect the memorial constructed by Nishimura for his Japanese comrades he left behind during the Brigade Hill battle. We once again descend down into Efogi River then back up into the village of Naduri where the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel was living prior to his death in 2013. We can inspect his memorial and also have a look at a traditional tree house built by the locals. We will then continue on until we reach Bombers camp, our stop for the night. We will leave our packs at the camp for a nice easy walk to Myola lakes which was a vital supply drop zone during the Kokoda campaign, then back to Bombers for the evening. Put on the warm and woollies for a cool night sleep..
Day 6 : Bombers Camp - Templetons Crossing. 10km
Leaving Bombers Camp, we will head through the Moss forest making our way up to the highest point of the track. We then continue onto the Kokoda Gap and then down to Dump 1 where we are refreshed by a swim and some smoko before continuing to our Campsite at Templeton's Crossing named after Captain Sam Templeton who was one of the first to be killed during the early stages of the Kokoda Campaign. Here we will find the graves of the 31 Australians who fell during the battle of Templeton’s Crossing during the Australian advance. The fallen were later relocated to Bomana War Cemetery. Our campsite tonight is beside the raging Eora Creek.
Day 7 : Templeton’s Crossing - Alola Village. 11.5km
Today we leave Templeton’s crossing and make our way to the Eora Creek spur. This is one of the positions where the battle of Eora creek was conducted. There are still visible signs of the Australians defensive positions, the most predominant being a possible Australian mortar position where we will find a recently dug up cache of mortars and grenades. We will continue down the spur into Eora creek where we can inspect some remaining remnants of Australian and Japanese equipment left after the battle. Leaving Eora Creek, we start climbing again and have a short stop to inspect the Japanese positions on the opposing side of Eora Creek. Here we will find some well-preserved Japanese trenches and the site of the Japanese mountain gun and mortar positions which caused havoc amongst the Australians while they were trying to cross Eora Creek. We will then continue on to the village of Alola for the night.
Day 8 : Alola Village - Hoi Village. 13km
From Alola we head towards the famous Isurava Battlegrounds. Here we will learn about the battle and we will have the time to inspect the site where Bruce Kingsbury won the Victoria Cross, the only one awarded during the campaign. After a service at the Isurava monument, we will continue on to Isurava Village and on a downhill stretch where we will walk through many native gardens and into the village of Deniki. Here we can stop and look out over Kokoda and its’ airstrip. We continue down and into the beautiful village of Hoi for the night.
Day 9 : Hoi Village - Kokoda - Soputa. 6km
Today is the day you will walk through the arches of Kokoda, marking the completion of your 96km journey of the Kokoda Track. Once at the Kokoda Village we will conduct a tour of the plateau where the first major engagement was conducted by the 39th Battalion. We will then sit down for some celebratory snacks and drinks and tell stories, and contemplate the past 9 days. This is where we will have the opportunity to thank our local hosts and exchange gifts and say a few words to thank them for their great work. We will board our PMV for a four hour ride, passing through the areas of Oivi, Gorari, and Wairopi on the Kumusi River and then on to the village of Soputa, where we will receive a traditional welcome.
Day 10 : Soputa - Popendetta - Port Moresby - Cairns.
We will say our farewells to the beautiful people of Soputa and make our way to the Popendetta airport to board our flight back to Port Moresby. On reaching Port Moresby we will travel by private bus to the Bomana War Cemetery where your trek guide will take you on a tour. We then make our way to the Port Moresby Yacht Club for lunch and some well-earned drinks! Mid-afternoon we head to the airport for our return to Cairns and our last nights’ accommodation at the Double Tree Hilton.
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