There is no easy way to trek Kokoda! Both directions have their challenges. Trekking north to south from Kokoda to Owers’ Corner follows the direction of the Japanese invasion and the Australians fighting withdrawal along the Kokoda Trail.
This is the direction of the famous 39th Battalions courageous delaying tactics and the brilliant fighting withdrawal of the 2/16th, 2/14th and the 2/27th Battalions during the Battle of Isurava and Brigade Hill back to Imita Ridge.
Trekking Owers’ Corner to Kokoda also follows the original direction that the Australian 39th Battalion originally walked in early July 1942 to engage the Japanese near Awala north of Kokoda.
Trekking south to north from Owers’ Corner to Kokoda is the direction of the Australian offensive as we chased and fought to clear the Japanese from their defensive positions along the Kokoda Trail. This phase of the campaign took place from mid to late September through to mid-November.
There is something pretty special walking into Kokoda after completing your trek knowing that you have just walked the same way as the Australians as they raised the Australian flag again in Kokoda after defeating the Japanese.
Whichever way you choose to walk the Kokoda Trail you will be walking in the footsteps of heroes.