9 Days – Kokoda To Owers Corner

9 Days - Kokoda To Owers Corner

An epic journey and inspirational story.
Achieve something extraordinary.
Walking Kokoda is Empowering and Life Changing.

Kokoda Spirit is Australia’s and PNG’s most respected and professional company trekking across the original War Time Kokoda Trail.

We have been operating in PNG since 2004 escorting over 7500 trekkers safely in the footsteps of heroes across Kokoda

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An epic journey and inspirational story.
Achieve something extraordinary.
Walking Kokoda is Empowering and Life Changing.

Kokoda Spirit is Australia’s and PNG’s most respected and professional company trekking across the original War Time Kokoda Trail.

We have been operating in PNG since 2004 escorting over 7500 trekkers safely in the footsteps of heroes across Kokoda

Day 01

– Deniki (approx. 3 hours)

Morning flight to Kokoda, inspect monuments, memorials, museum and the Australian defensive position on the Kokoda plateau where the gallant 39th Militia Battalion first met theJapanese army on 27 July 1942 – battle site briefing by your trek leader – trek to Kovello and Hoi for lunch. Begin the climb over the awesome Owen Stanley Range. Trek through abandoned village sites to Deniki where the first battle after the Australian withdrawal from Kokoda took place.

Day 02

– Alola Village (approx. 7 hours)

Today we continue to Isurava village – trek to the magnificent and solemn Isurava Memorial which was opened by Prime Ministers’ Sir Michael Somare and The Hon John Howard on the 60th Anniversary of the battle – battle site briefing on the site. Inspect the Isurava battle site – examine weapon pits and discarded armaments – descend to the rear of the position at Back Creek – trek to the spectacular Alola village and admire the spectacular views back down in the Kokoda Valley.

Day 03

– Templeton’s Crossing Camp Site (approx. 7 hours)

Trek to Iora Creek this was the final obstacle in the Australian advance and the scene of one of the most dramatic situations during the withdrawal from Isurava – savage fighting and bitter memories for those involved – continue on up the spur via the Australian delaying defensive positions – inspect the weapon pits as you proceed – examine one of the key Japanese defensive positions at the top of the ridge – continue trekking to the Templeton’s Crossing campsite.

Day 04

– Kagi Village (approx. 7 hours)

Depart the Templeton’s Crossing campsite and trek to the crossing area where the Australians fought a bloody campaign over a 17 day period in October 1942 – the desperation was so great that the Japanese defenders turned to cannibalism for survival. Climb to the Kokoda Gap – enjoy panoramic views back down the Yodda Valley beyond the Kokoda plateau – strategic briefing at the Gap – continue climb to Mt Bellamy -the highest point of the track – enter the enchanted moss forest. Continue trek through the moss forest to Tovovo lookout over the Efogi valley – spectacular views of Naduri, Kagi, Efogi and Brigade Hill – this is the most populated area of the track. Continue to Kagi Village.

Day 05

– Efogi Village (approx. 4 hours)

Follow wartime track to Efogi Creek then climb to Launumu village – battle site briefing in the forming-up place for the Japanese attack on Brigade Hill – 6000 fanatical Japanese soldiers attacked 1000 Australian defenders in what was to be the biggest battle of the Kokoda campaign – the Japanese referred to it as the battle of the Owen Stanley Range – The Australians refer to it as ‘the battle for Brigade Hill’ – trek down to Efogi Village to guest house for the night.

Day 06

– Naoro Village (approx. 7 hours)

Today we climb to the crest of Brigade Hill – inspect positions held by the 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions during the battle of Brigade Hill. Inspect a former Australian gravesite – haunting – battle site briefing – follow track down ridge to Vabuyavi River then climb to Menari village. From Menari climb to the crest of Ladavi saddle to the Menari Gap – follow track to the Nauro swamp area – cross the Nauro River.

The village of Naoro has been moved to the current location on the Maguli Range. It was previously on the Nauro River with a good airfield but some say fear of sorcery caused the villagers to move up the mountain. and make camp in Naoro Village.

Day 07

– Ioribaiwa Village (approx. 8 hours)

Climb the Maguli Range to the top at Mogolonumu – follow track south – inspect Japanese delaying defensive position with weapon pits and communication trenches. We climb Ioribaiwa Ridge – battle site briefing at the point where the Japanese were finally stopped – inspect weapon pits on the position – descend to Ioribaiwa village.

Day 08

– Goldie River (approx. 5 hours)

Today we climb Imita Ridge – battle site briefing – descends in the area of the ‘golden staircase’ – trek through the abandoned village site of Uberi – to our last night camp at the Goldie River.

Day 09

– Goldie River – Owers’ Corner (approx. 45 minute)

Owers’ Corner – Port Moresby (approx. 2 hour bus ride to Port Moresby)

Today is our last climb on the Track as we climb from Goldie River to Owers’ Corner.

Sometimes it almost seems anti climatic in those first few minutes of arrival. Somehow you expect a mayoral reception or a band welcome… then, slowly it sinks in. You HAVE walked the Kokoda Track and the sense of personal achievement grows, along with appreciation of the endeavours and sufferings of those before have truly walked in the footsteps of heroes.

We depart Owers’ Corner for Port Moresby via the Bomana War Cemetery where we pay our respects to the fallen Soldiers. Return to the Hotel.

April

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01/04/2020
09/04/2020
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07/04/2020
15/04/2020
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May

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28/05/2020
05/06/2020
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June

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07/06/2020
15/06/2020
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09/06/2020
17/06/2020
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17/06/2020
25/06/2020
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24/06/2020
02/07/2020
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July

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July 7 1942 39th Battalion walks past Mc Donald’s Corner on route to Kokoda, led by Captain Sam Templeton and guided by Bert Kienzle.

July 15 39th Battalion arrive in Kokoda

July 21 Japanese land in Buna

July 23 39th Battalion engages Japanese in fight at Awala north of Kokoda.

July 24 Australian withdraw to Kokoda

July 29 first battle of Kokoda is lost, Australians withdraw to Deniki. Lt Col Owen Killed.

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04/07/2020
12/07/2020
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15/07/2020
23/07/2020
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23/07/2020
31/07/2020
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August

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August 8 Australians retake Kokoda unopposed.

August 10 Japanese retake Kokoda and withdraw to Deniki and onto Isurava.

August 16 Lt Col Ralph Honner arrives in Isurava to replace Owen’s

August 26 Forward elements of 21st Brigade led by 2/14 battalion arrive at Isurava

August 26 Battle of Isurava commences.

August 29 Bruce Kingsbury wins VC, Charlie McCallum holds off Japanese and kills 20 plus Japanese firing Bren gun and Tommy gun alternatively from hip while wounded three times, while his mates withdraw. Awarded DSM.

August 29 Battle of Isurava ends with withdrawal back through Alola.

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13/08/2020
21/08/2020
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20/08/2020
28/08/2020
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27/08/2020
04/09/2020
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September

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August 30 – September 2 Withdrawal to Eora creek. Eora creek defence.

September 2-3 Templeton’s crossing defence

September 5 Withdrawal to Efogi

September 6-8 Battle of Mission Ridge/Brigade Hill

September 17 Australians dig in at Iorabaiwa

September 17 Australians withdraw to Imita Ridge.

September 21 53rd Battery of the 14th Australian Field Regiment fire first rounds on Japanese at Iorabaiwa from Ower’s Corner. From Ower’s Corner to Iorabaiwa Ridge is 10km. It takes 25 seconds for rounds to hit their mark. Over the next few days 700 high explosive rounds are fired.

September 24 Japanese begin their withdrawal. Japanese have no word for retreats so are ordered to advance to the rear.

September 28 Australian troops attack Iorabaiwa but find Japanese have already withdrawn.

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06/09/2020
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10/09/2020
18/09/2020
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01/10/2020
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29/09/2020
07/10/2020
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October

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October 12-17 Japanese dig in at Templeton’s crossing.

October 21-29 Japanese dig in at Eora Creek

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02/10/2020
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23/10/2020
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November

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November 2 Kokoda recaptured unopposed

November 5-11 Oivi-Goiari Battle

November 17, 16th and 25th Brigades cross the Kumusi River. The battle of Kokoda is over.

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03/11/2020
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