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The Kokoda Trail

Listed under Trekking in Papua New Guinea.

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The Kokoda Trail holds a special place in the hearts of the Australian nation. In the steep jungle area surrounding the Kokoda plateau the Australia forces desperately held back Japanese forces during WW2 as they came as close as they would to reaching Australia via Port Moresby.

The trail is and always was very steep, especially for people carrying packs similar to those the troops would have carried, and there is a certain authenticity to trekking the route, now kept in much better repair despite the damp monsoon conditions, with your full pack, feeling the history of what happened here.

The trail links the south and northern coast of Papua New Guinea and can be traversed from either end, Owen’s Corner, where there is a memorial to fallen Australian troops, near Port Moresby to Kokoda, through the Owen Stanley Mountain Range or beginning at Kokoda which is the more historically correct choice. The jungle is still dense and rugged here and the trek, though only covering 96kms in an almost straight line, takes around ten days to complete depending on fitness, there are campsites along the way and several small, remote villages which walkers are welcomed into.

Due to the humidity the best time to trek is between May and October.

Written by  Tom Newarque.

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“Kokoda Track”

The Kokoda Track holds a legendary place in the history of PNG, Australia & the Pacific. It was here in 1942 that a ragged bunch of Australian soldiers supported by the local tribes halted the advance of the Japanese Imperial Army. The war history i… Read more...

Written by  Chris Buykx.

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