Kokoda Without Trekking
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 historian David Howell as we visit the key points of the Kokoda campaign. Through a unique blend of adventure, master story telling and living history, David will bring to life the events of the Kokoda campaign as he accompanies you on 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.
Day 1- 18 September 2018
On arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by historian David Howell before driving to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The group will meet in the hotel lobby at 6pm before moving to dinner in the main conference room. Over dinner David will give a presentation on the battles fought in Papua in 1942.
Day 2- 19 September 2018
After a buffet breakfast, we will muster in the main foyer before boarding our air-conditioned bus. We will then head to Bomana War Cemetery, the last resting place of many who fought and died in the Papuan campaigns of 1942.Bomana is the also the last resting place of John French VC who was killed in action at Milne Bay and to Bruce Kingsbury VC who fell at Isurava. After our visit to Bomana we will then return to the hotel for lunch, stopping along the way at the area where Australia’s worst aviation disaster took place at the 7-Mile aerodrome. Lunch will be served back at the hotel and in the afternoon, we will take a sightseeing tour around Port Moresby stopping to view the wreck of the M.V. Macdhui. We will also visit both the PNG National War Memorial and the PNG National Museum. We will then return to our hotel for our evening meal.
(B, L, D)
Day 3- 20 September 2018
Early breakfast this morning as we head to the start of the Kokoda Track. Our tour bus will take us along the Sogeri Hwy, stopping at Hombrom Bluff & Rouna Falls along the way. Arriving at McDonald’s Corner (the original start of the Kokoda Track) we will stop outside the homestead of P.J. McDonald before continuing on to Owers’ Corner. Here you will be able to look out into the Owen Stanley Range as your historian brings to life the events of 1942. For those feeling up to it you may also like to join David and take a short stroll along part of the famous Kokoda Track. We will then make our way up to Koitaki show grounds (the site of the infamous rabbit that runs speech). As we head back down towards Port Moresby we will stop in at the Sogeri Lodge and enjoy a buffet lunch and visit the small museum. We will then return to the hotel. For those who would like to buy some souvenirs, there will be opportunity to visit the local arts and craft market. Dinner will be served in the main dining room.
(B, L, D)
Day 4- 21 September 2018
Early breakfast at the hotel, then we board our charter flight to Kokoda. With just over thirty minutes flying time we will see some magnificent views of the Owen Stanley Range, including Lake Myola, as we fly almost directly above the famous Kokoda Track. Landing at Kokoda we will be picked up by 4WD and make our way to the Kokoda Plateau. At Kokoda we will visit the memorials and the Herbert Kienzle museum. Your historian will detail the desperate struggle by the 39 Australian Infantry Battalion who fought two battles in the vicinity at the start of the Kokoda campaign. The 4WD will then take us on a sightseeing tour as we drive along part of the northern end of the Kokoda Track and arrive at the village of Kovello. Here we will have a chance to see a traditional village setting. The Track is reality flat in this area and you will have a chance to walk part of the northern end of the famous Kokoda Track. After our visit to Kokoda, we will then reboard our charter flight and fly back along the Kokoda Track, another opportunity to see the jungle below. We will then return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon and our evening meal.
(B, L, D)
Day 5- 22 September 2018
Sadly, our Kokoda Tour comes to and end after breakfast. We will transfer to the airport for our return trip home.
- Kokoda Historian David Howell
- Experienced Local Guides
- Charter airfare Port Moresby to Kokoda return
- 4 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 T- Shirt
- International return airfare (we can arrange or you can book your own)
- Hotel extras, drinks, laundry etc.
- Single room supplement
$4397 ex Port Moresby
7 day tour
22-29 October 2018