Anzac Day Non-Trekking 2018
It is one thing to simply tick the Kokoda Track off of a bucket list but it is quite another to undertake a pilgrimage that immerses you in our proud wartime history. The backdrop of the beautiful, rugged and sometimes harsh terrain of the PNG jungle, the very ground upon which the events of 1942 took place, sets the scene for our master story tellers to bring the voices of our ancestors to life.
The physical challenge of trekking in Papua New Guinea is not for everyone. Therefore, we have created a special non-trekking tour that will allow you to visit the key areas of the campaign without having to trek.
Join Kokoda Historical as we visit the key points of the Kokoda campaign. Through a unique blend of adventure, master story telling and living history, we will bring to life the events of the Kokoda campaign as you undertake this once in a lifetime pilgrimage.
This tour will visit Port Moresby, Owers’ & McDonalds Corners, Sogeri, Koitaki Showgrounds, Kokoda Station (village) and drive part way up the famous Kokoda Track.
Visit Kokoda in comfort and without trekking and remember those who gave their tomorrow for our today.
Dates: 18-26 April 2018
Day 1: 18 April 2018 Today we will travel to PNG. On arrival you will be met by your Kokoda Historical guide and taken to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our group will gather in the main function room and over dinner your guide will give a detailed presentation on the battle fought in Papua during 1942. (D)
Day 2: 19 April 2018 Afternoon a buffet breakfast we will begin our tour of Port Moresby. We will visit the PNG National Memorial, PNG National Museum, PNG Parliament and the wreck of the MacDhui. Lunch will be served back in the hotel. In the afternoon we will travel out to Bomana War Cemetery, the last resting place of many who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the hard-fought battles in Papua. We will then return to the hotel for free me, relax by the pool before dinner. (B , L, D)
Day 3: 20 April 2018 Today we will travel up to the Sogeri Highway to Owers' Corner via McDonald's Corner, the start of the Kokoda Track. Your historian will bring to life the story of Kokoda. We will look out into the Owen Stanley Range to Imita Ridge and beyond. We will then travel to the Koitaki Showgrounds the site of the infamous 'Rabbit that Runs Speech' before making our way back to the Sogeri Lodge for a buffet lunch. Aer lunch we will visit the PNG Flora & Fauna Park, a great chance to get up and close to the unique plants and animals PNG has to offer. Dinner will be back in the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4: 21 April 2018 Today we will fly out to Kokoda. An early continental breakfast will be served before going down to the Domestic Airport. We will fly over the Kokoda Track and be able to look down at the very ground upon which the fighting took place. Lake Myola, Brigade Hill & Isurava can all be seen from the air. We will land on the same war time strip at Kokoda before making our way to the Kokoda Plataea. From here we will see the Bert Kienzle Museum and the Kokoda Memorials. Aer lunch we will take a short 4WD ride up the Kokoda Track. Those who are able may wish to accompany the Australian guide for a short walk along the actual Track before we make our way back to Kokoda and our night's rest. (B, L, D)
Day 5: 22 April 2018 Today we will say goodbye to Kokoda as we make our way north to Popondetta and on to the Beachheads. We will stop along the way to see Oivi & Gorari, the mighty Kumsi River and the place where the first contacts happened between the Japanese and the Papuan Infantry Battalion. We will then call in to Popondetta Motel for a nice relaxing lunch as our staff take on supplies. We will also see the Popondetta War memorial before heading to Gona. On Gona beach your historian will bring to life the fierce fighting that took place in the area as the bale of the Beachheads began. Boarding our boat we will take a short ride down to Haddy's Village before continuing by boat to Sanananda. On arrival in Sanananda we will be treated to a traditional welcome dance before checking into the Sanananda Guest House. You may swim in the warm waters of the Solomon Sea before our evening meal. (B, L,D,).
Day 6: 23 April 2018 Today we will wake up to the sound of waves as we make our way to the mess hut. Pancakes anyone? This morning we will take a ride up to Buna where your historian will take you on a guided tour of the village. In Buna we will see the both the Australian and US memorials, walk along the same road depicted in the famous George Silk photograph and visit the Japanese gun emplacement at New Strip. We will also see the only example of the last known Japanese bunker complex before returning to Sanananda for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Sanananda Village taking in the 55/53 Battalion memorial, the Wirraway wreck and the Japanese hospital. Those who are feeling up to it will walk along the road to view Huggins Roadblock. A craft market will be on in the village before dinner. (B, L,D)
Day 7: 24 April 2018 Up early as we make our way by road to the Girua airport. We will check out the B-25 wreck before returning to Port Moresby. We will then return to the comforts of the hotel to relax and have free me, along with the opportunity to get the shirt ironed and medals prepared for the service in the morning. We will have an early dinner before preparing for a very early start the next day. (B, L, D).
Day 8: 25 April 2018 Up early as we board our bus to take us to the Anzac Dawn Service. There will not be a dry eye on our tour as the sun rises over the Cross of Remembrance and the bugle sounds the Last Post. Aer the service we will return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest. At 1230 we will depart to the Royal Port Moresby Yacht club where your guide will host a special Anzac Day luncheon. We will have the chance to meet members of the Port Moresby RSL and enjoy a game of Two Up! The bus will return people to the hotel at their leisure throughout the afternoon. If you have room the hotel buffet dinner will be available. (B, L, D).
Day 9: 26 April 2018 Sadly our tour comes to an end. We will transfer to the Port Moresby International Airport for our return to Australia
- Australian Historian
- Experienced Local Guides
- Charter airfare Port Moresby to Kokoda return
- 5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation at the Crowne Plaza with transfer to/from airport
- Communications and safety equipment Inc. Satellite phone
- Public liability insurance
- Kokoda Historical Shirt