About Kokoda Historical
Welcome to Kokoda Historical, my name is David Howell and along with my good friend Kila Jons from Kokoda, I am the co-founder of Kokoda Historical. History and in particular Australian military history, is a passion of mine along with the great outdoors.
I look forward to sharing in a great adventure with you to one of the many destinations that Kokoda Historical has on offer. Perhaps your next adventure is in Papua New Guinea, one of the most pristine and beautiful places on our planet, or the shores of Anzac Cove in Turkey. Perhaps it may be touring the French and Belgium countryside as we take a pilgrimage to where Australians fought on the Western Front or to the English countryside to watch Spitfires and Hurricanes fly past as we take in the atmosphere of Goodwood Revival.
My company specialise in small-sized historical guided tours to First and Second World War battlefields and places of cultural significance in Papua New Guinea, Europe and Turkey.
We have been conducting guided tours across the Kokoda Track / Kokoda Trail, Black Cat Track, Shaggy Ridge, Lark Force Track (Rabaul-Tol Plantation), Milne Bay, Wewak and Aitape to name a few, since 2005 and have enjoyed many successful treks and tours. To read testimonials from our previous satisfied customers please visit our page: Client Testimonials section.
In more recent times we have expanded to visiting other places all around the world. Keeping in mind that the places we visit are of an Historical nature and mainly deal with the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers, sailors and airman in times of war.
Kokoda Historical provide a complete living history experience; we focus not only on the exciting adventure of treks/tours themselves, but also on the historical events as they happened. We offer a wide range of competitively priced tour packages and safety is our number one priority.
We rely on a combination of local knowledge with meticulous research carried out by some of the industries top guides and historians. Our tour groups are always small in number enabling us to give that personal touch to each of our clients. If you contact Kokoda Historical then you are speaking to the owner directly.
In 2007, we had the honour of being the very first company to take a group of young Aboriginal students across the Kokoda Track in a symbolic gesture acknowledging the importance and much overlooked role Aboriginal people played during the Second World War. This initiative was part of the Kokoda Dreaming project and this trek featured on the ABC show, Message Stick. A thirty minute episode entitled 'Going the Distance' followed the group of Aboriginal students on our trek. Click the link to read more about this: Kokoda Historical Message Stick
Since 2008, we have been conducting the annual Harold Bould Memorial Tour, an initiative of the 39th Battalion Association. The Association organises an annual competition inviting students from across the Cardinia Shire in Victoria to submit an essay outlining what Kokoda means to Australians. With the assistance of organisations such as the Cardinia Shire Council, Pakenham and Parklea Racing Club and Kokoda Historical which have sponsored the initiative for the last 7 years, we have already brought several young students on the adventure of a lifetime. Each June, the winners get to experience the adventure and history of the Kokoda Track in this Harold Bould Memorial Tour.
In 2010, Kokoda Historical successfully merged with the renowned Komplete Kokoda. The company was ran by Soc Kienzle - the son of famous Captain Bert Kienzle who was himself involved in the Kokoda campaign. Soc has since retired from full time trekking however he passed on many of his father's stories to David Howell, while the two of them were on location at the various points of interest in the Oro Province.
In 2012, the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign, Kokoda Historical were approved by the Australian Defence Force as a supplier for Adventure Training. In the same year we took the 39th Operational Support Battalion over the Kokoda Track. This current Australian Army Unit (now 39th Operational Support Battalion) walked in the footsteps of those who served in the now famous militia unit, the 39 Australian Infantry Battalion.
This year, 2015 marks the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and the subsequent birth of the ANZAC tradition, we are proud to have been selected by the charitable organisation Solider On to accompany a group of wounded veterans from the Australian Defence Force across the Kokoda Track.
We look forwarded to taking you on your next adventure.
Kokoda Historical Co-Founder Dave Howell