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Rob Appleton

I first experienced the Kokoda track for the 70th anniversary in 2012 while working as a remote medic and outdoor guide. My late pop served as an aircraft mechanic in PNG during WWII.

I have wide-ranging experience, across a variety of industries. I grew up working on remote cattle stations throughout central Queensland; I have completed two trades as an auto electrician and builder; I did a stint in the Australian Army, and in close protection work; and I worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, just to name a few.

Currently, I work for Queensland Health as a Registered Nurse, specialising in mental health and forensics.

I am curious and passionate about the outdoors, expedition medicine, nature, and health and wellbeing. Working as a guide with Kokoda Spirit allows me to combine and share my biggest passions in life.

PNG is a special place for many reasons, some are drawn to its military history, while others seek to explore its incredible biodiversity and local culture. Whatever draws a person in, is guaranteed to change them forever. Every trip to this place is unique and one of the biggest highlights is witnessing each group’s transformation, from the first day to the last.