Anzac Day – Kokoda To Owers Corner

Anzac Day Dawn Service Bomana War Cemetery Kokoda To Owers Corner

Anzac Day morning we awake early for our 4.00 am departure from our Hotel. (You can arrange with the Reception staff at the Hotel for your wake up call).

Our buses depart for the 30 minute drive to Bomana War Cemetery.

On arrival we receive our Anzac Day program and take our positions around the Memorial Cenotaph. The service is organised by the Port Moresby RSL and jointly hosted by the Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Governments.

The service at Bomana is a comprehensive Anzac Day service and a moving tribute to the men and woman of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea that made the ultimate sacrifice and for those that served their country in all the Military Services.

Overview

Anzac Day morning we awake early for our 4.00 am departure from our Hotel. (You can arrange with the Reception staff at the Hotel for your wake up call).

Our buses depart for the 30 minute drive to Bomana War Cemetery.

On arrival we receive our Anzac Day program and take our positions around the Memorial Cenotaph. The service is organised by the Port Moresby RSL and jointly hosted by the Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Governments.

The service at Bomana is a comprehensive Anzac Day service and a moving tribute to the men and woman of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea that made the ultimate sacrifice and for those that served their country in all the Military Services.

As the dawn breaks over Bomana and the early morning sun drapes its rays over the granite headstones the traditional wreath laying service is held. The lone piper plays his tribute and the bugler plays the haunting last post. We turn towards the graves of the 3,300 Australian soldiers that lay buried at Bomana and recite the Ode of Remembrance.

At the conclusion of the service we wander through the graves and pay our individual respects. We then re join our buses to drive to the Australian High Commission for a shot gun breakfast.

At approximately 10.00 am we return to the Hotel.
Note: Accommodation along the Kokoda Track is camping in tents
Kokoda Spirit reserves the right to vary the trek itinerary/schedule in the event of unforeseen circumstances

Day 01

– Kokoda to 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 the Japanese 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.
Overnight Deniki

Day 02

– Deniki to 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.
Overnight Alola

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.
Overnight Templeton’s

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 or Naduri Village.
Overnight Kagi or Naduri Village

Day 05

– Brigade Hill (approx. 6 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 then up to Brigade Hill.
Overnight Brigade Hill

Day 06

– Agulogo Village (approx. 6 hours)
Dawn Service on Brigade Hill
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 down the “Wall” before arriving at Camp at Agulogo.
Overnight Agulogo Camp

Day 07

– Ioribaiwa Village (approx. 8 hours)
Today we 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.
Overnight Ioribaiwa village

Day 08

– Goldie River (approx. 6 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.
Overnight 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.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.
Overnight Gateway Hotel

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16/04/2020
25/04/2020
9 Days
Anzac Day Dawn Service Bomana War Cemetery Kokoda To Owers Corner
Australian Led
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$3,985

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20/04/2020
28/04/2020
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Anzac Day Dawn Service At Brigade Hill Kokoda To Owers Corner
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$3,085

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23/04/2020
01/05/2020
9 Days
Anzac Day Dawn Service At Isurava Memorial Kokoda To Owers Corner
Australian Led
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$3,985

Trek Booking

Pay Only Deposit: $500.00 Per Person

Minimum Persons
Total Deposit: $500
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