ANZAC Day 2018 Milne Bay, Kokoda & Northern Beachheads Tour
$4,355 9 Day Fully Australian Led Tour – Visiting all the WWII key Battlefields in Papua!
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 top Papua like no other.
We have over a decade of experience in touring 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.
At Kokoda Historical we appreciate that the physical challenge of trekking in Papua New Guinea is not suitable for everyone. Therefore we have come up with a tour that allows people to visit the key Second World War Australian battlefields in Papua without the need to trek through the jungle.
This ANZAC Day, join historian and owner of Kokoda Historical, David Howell as he accompanies you on a pilgrimage to Kokoda, Milne Bay and the Northern Beachheads. Through a unique blend of adventure, master story telling and living history, David will bring to life the events of 1942.
This tour will see you attend the official Anzac Day Dawn Service at Bomana War Cemetery before touring the key battlefields of Papua. These areas include Port Moresby, Owers’ & McDonalds Corners, Sogeri, Koitaki Showgrounds, Kokoda Station (village) and visiting the Northern Beachheads of Buna, Gona and Sanananda before heading over to Milne Bay.
Don’t just visit Papua — live the history.
Depart Australia for Port Moresby. On arrival we will be greeted by David Howell (Kokoda Historian), who will meet us at the airport for transfer to the Hotel.
We will take a 4WD out of Port Moresby heading towards Sogeri. along the Sogeri Highway stopping off at Hombrom Bluff & Rouna Falls as we make our way to McDonald’s and Owers’ Corners. After visiting the start of the Kokoda Track we will make our way up to Sogeri and to Koitaki show grounds (the site of the infamous rabbit that runs speech). We then will return to the hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s Anzac Day commemorations. (Overnight Port Moresby)(D)
Up nice and early as we make our way to attend the official Anzac Day dawn service. The service will see many people gather in the tranquil surrounds of Bomana War Cemetery, the final resting place of many of the brave soldiers who will feature in the many stories during our tour. There will not be a dry eye as the Last Post is sounded and words of the Ode are recited. After the service we will attend the Gunfire Breakfast before returning to the hotel for a short break.
At lunchtime we will enjoy lunch and a game of ‘Two Up' at the Royal Port Moresby Yacht Club. The activities will continue late into the afternoon. We will then return back to our hotel for a light dinner and well earned rest. (Overnight Port Moresby) (B,L)
We will transfer to Jackson’s Airport and fly to Popondetta. After being picked up by 4WD we will start driving towards Kokoda. Along the way we will stop at places of significance such as; Awala, Kumusi River (Wairopi) and Oivi-Gorari. Upon arrival at Kokoda we will visit the Kokoda Memorials on the Plateau, the Bert Kienzle Memorial, the Kokoda Airstrip and the surrounding area. Your historian and master story teller will bring to life the events of 1942. Tonight we will be treated to local village hospitality and a banquet. (Overnight Kokoda). (B,L,D)
Up nice and early as we take the 4WD to Gona. Along the way we will stop off at the Popondetta supermarket and take on supplies for our adventure at the Beachheads. Arriving at Gona we will tour the surrounding area including ‘Small Creek’, the Memorial and the beach itself. We will then board our boat for a short trip down to Haddy’s Village. After touring the area we will then take another short boat ride up to Sanananda.
On arrival we will be welcomed by a traditional ‘Sing Sing’ and enjoy a drink from a fresh coconut as we experience the hospitality of the Sanananda villagers. After lunch we will tour the original Sanananda beachhead including the 55/53 Battalion Memorial, before making our way up the Sanananda road and on to Huggin’s Road Block. Then return back to the Sanananda Guest House for a swim and refreshment. In the evening we will watch the sun go down across the warm waters of the Solomon Sea. (Overnight in Sanananda)(B,L,D)
Awakening to the sound of waves rolling over the dark volcanic sand, breakfast will be served in the mess hall located only a few meters from the ocean. This morning we will take a boat ride up to Buna. Here we will see the Buna airstrip, the scene of much fighting during the Second World War. We will see many war relics at the Buna museum and walk along the same area as George "Dick" Whittington, aided by Papuan orderly Raphael Oimbari was photograph. We will also visit the well preserved Japanese bunker complex before returning back to Sanananda for a leisurely lunch and swim. (Overnight in Sanananda)(B,L,D)
Up very early as we make our way back to Popondetta for the flight to Milne Bay (transferring back through Port Moresby).
On arrival in Milne Bay we will tour the township before visiting the beaches of Ahioma, here you will be able to view the remnants of the Japanese landing barges. A magnificent view of the town and the surrounding area is made available from the lookout. After which we will take in the Milne Bay War Memorial and the Alotau market.
Today we will also take in Rabe Village, here the customs and traditions of Milne Bay culture will come alive. You will also have the chance buy some great traditional souvenirs such as carved wooden figurines & bowls, traditional grass skirts from the Trobriand Islands along with clay pots, woven baskets and jewellery. Return to the hotel for the evening meal. (Overnight Milne Bay)(B,L,D)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will set off to visit the many Second World War sites pertaining to the battles of Milne Bay. Our first stop is Wahuhuba Bay where we will hear about the Japanese landing, the first of such to happen on this site at the start of the campaign. We will then visit the John French VC Memorial in Goilanai River. Here your historian will recall the heroic feats of men like John French before we move out to Gilli Gilli and the KB mission, both areas which were the scene of some of the first fighting. On the way back we will stop in to the Turnbull War Memorial were we will see many relics and hear about the United States contribution. After which we will return to the hotel for the evening meal. (Overnight Milne Bay)(B,L,D)
Saying goodbye to Milne Bay we will board our plane to return to Port Moresby. We will then check in to our original hotel before setting out on our sightseeing trip around the PNG capital. We will visit the old gun emplacements at Paga Hill, look out at the wreck of the MV Macdhui, the PNG Wildlife Park, gardens, Parliament House and War Museum. We will then return to our hotel before making our way in our Sunday best to the Royal Port Moresby Yacht Club. This will be the perfect way finish your PNG experience. (Overnight Port Moresby)(B,D)
Depart Port Moresby for return to Australia.
Note: While our accommodation in Port Moresby and Alotau is hotel style, our accommodation in Kokoda and Sanananda is guest house style. This means you will need to bring a sleeping bag to keep you warm. We will supply mosquito nets for both locations.(B)
- Kokoda Historian David Howell
- Experienced Local Guides
- Return airfare Port Moresby to Alotau and Port Moresby to Popondetta
- 4 nights twin-share hotel accommodation at Port Moresby
- 1 night at Kokoda guest house
- 2 nights twin share guest house accommodation in Sanananda
- 2 nights twin-share hotel accommodation at Alotau
- Transfers to all sites including Bomana, Owers Corner and Kokoda
- Transfers from all airports
- Visit to Milne Bay Memorial
- Communications and safety equipment inc. Satellite phone
- Public liability insurance
- Travel visa to PNG (free)
- Hotel meals, drinks, phone calls or any other personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Australian domestic airfare from all capital cities
- Personal travel insurance
- Single supplement surcharge