Kokoda Track & Northern Beachheads Trek
$4,345 13 Day Fully Australian Led Tour
Staying at all the Key Locations on the Battlefields
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.
Kokoda Historical wants you to get excited about Australian history! We aim to bring to life the many number of ordinary people that became extraordinary heroes of our proud nation. We are talking about the soldiers, civilians and Papuans that were embroiled in the Second World War in the jungles of the Owen Stanley Ranges. They are true Australian heroes that stood between tyranny and freedom and-we will remember them.
So pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and immerse yourself in the past as you join us on a pilgrimage over the Kokoda Track and then on to the Northern Beachheads, like no other. We will follow the route of the Australian advance to Kokoda and beyond to Buna, Gona and Sanananda. We have over a decade of experience in trekking the battlefields of PNG, studying our proud history, interviewing the veterans, serving in the Australian Defence Force and bringing the history to life through innovative methods.
We tailor every trek to ensure where possible that we stay at the key locations on the battlefields. Our standard Kokoda & Beachheads Tour is 13 days which includes the return travel to and from PNG. This allows enough time to fully appreciate the history of Kokoda and to make side-trips along the way. If you have a group booking of 6 or more people we can adjust the length and the departure/return dates to suit.
Our Kokoda & Northern Beachheads pilgrimage will have you laughing, crying, leave you wet and muddy but safe & sound and with a lasting legacy of what it really means to be an Australian.
From 2016, the Koiari and Orokaiva people that live along the Kokoda Track who are predominantly Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), have decided to be more rigid with the observance of their Sabbath. The Sabbath begins every Friday evening and continues all day Saturday. As a consequence all stakeholders have agreed not to undertake any work during this period, including trekking. This will allow our team of porters to rest and attend church if they desire. This new requirement will also allowing you the trekker to spend a day of rest & relaxation.
We have ensured that on Saturday all of our treks end up in one of the larger villages such as Menrai or Efogi, both offer a great swimming hole and the chance to spend time with local villagers.
Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby-hotel accommodation
Day 2: Bomana Cemetery, start Owers’ Corner, Goldie River, sleep Goodwater (actual Dump 66).
Day 3: Ua-Ule Creek, Imita Ridge, ‘Golden Staircase’, sleep Ioribaiwa.
Day 4: Ioribaiwa Ridge-furthest most point of Japanese advance, Ofi Creek, sleep Nauro.
Day 5: Maguli Range, Old Nauro, Brown River, Menari, sleep Brigade Hill.
Day 6: Brigade Hill, Efogi, Kagi, Moss Forest, sleep Lake Myola.
Day 7: Mt Bellamy, Dump 1, Templeton’s Crossing, sleep Eora Creek.
Day 8: Eora Japanese mountain gun position, Alola, Con’s Rock, sleep Isurava Battlefield.
Day 9: Dawn service Isurava Battlefield, Deniki, finish Kokoda Plateau.
Day 10: Oivi, Goari, Wairopi, Awala, Popondetta-Gona, boat to Haddy’s Village & Sanananda.
Day 11: Boat to Buna, Sanananda-Huggin’s Road Block, stay Sanananda Point
Day 12: Popondetta fly Port Moresby, return hotel.
Day 13: Return to Australia.
Kokoda Track & Beachheads Map
- Experienced Australian Historian
- Welcome pack at time of booking
- Local Guides and Support Staff
- Airfare Port Moresby to Popondetta (or Popondetta to Port Moresby)
- Vehicle transfer between Popondetta and Kokoda
- Airport transfers to hotel
- Two nights, twin-share hotel accommodation in Port Moresby (breakfast & dinner included).
- Guest house accommodation on the Track
- Kokoda Track permit (issued by the Kokoda Track Authority, KTA)
- Transport to/from Owers' Corner
- Tour of Bomana Cemetery
- All food while trekking
- Tents and cooking equipment
- Safety and medical equipment
- Communications equipment including Satellite phone & VHF radio
- Pre-trip advice and training
- Kokoda Historical Trekking Shirt
- Certificate of Completion & Commemorative Medallion
- Public Liability Insurance
- International return flight from Australia to Port Moresby
- Extra meals*, drinks, laundry and phone calls (*breakfasts and dinners are included)
- Personal porter to carry your pack during the trek
- Additional fresh local fruit and vegetables can be purchased along the way.
- Personal travel insurance
- Entry Visa to Papua New Guinea
- Personal Porter
- Single Supplement Hotel Accommodation
- Gear Package
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
More information about these optional extras available in our Online Store.