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Kokoda


The Kokoda Track

75 Years On from the Battle of Kokoda

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The Kokoda Track

75 Years On from the Battle of Kokoda

From July to November 1942, the Kokoda Track area was the scene for bitter fighting between the Japanese and the Allied - primarily Australians. Today, walking the track has become a pilgrimage for many Australians, and those honouring the ANZAC spirit. One of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rugged mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and unspoiled villages.

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Taken on this journey by trusted Australian Kokoda trekking company, On Track Expeditions, the group will experience the rugged terrain and tropical rainforest and weather conditions of Papua New Guinea whilst learning of the soldiers who fought on the very ground in which they will stand 75 year after the Battle of Kokoda. Respect and tribute will be paid to the ANZACs who went before us with our hearts their for the future of our own that lay ahead of us, the Indigenous Australians.

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SEED FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA

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SEED FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA PROVIDES HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION AND WRAP AROUND SUPPORT SERVICES TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLE.

Seed Foundation Australia works with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander youth from rural and remote communities providing pathways into higher education and employment.

The work of the Foundation is designed to dramatically change trajectories for each young person, whilst also realising the potential for their success to ultimately relieve the endemic poverty and destitution that pervades many remote Indigenous communities. To achieve this, the Foundation has decided to initially focus on increasing Indigenous representation throughout the health sector workforce.

Ben and Amy from Challenge on Purpose, along with Andrew Morello, Business Development Manager of Yellow Brick Road, The Entourages jack Delosa plus many more are taking on the Kokoda Track in an effort to raise money for Seed Foundation Australia and not just a small amount of money either. Collectively, the group aims to raise $500 000!

This money will be used to improve the social, emotional and general wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  It will also make adequate support structure accessible for them to complete secondary school, gain health literacy and transition towards meaningful employment. Not for the faint-hearted, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with every step taken, will help Seed Foundation Australia achieve its vision of 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students completing a health program. It really is A Trek Towards 1000!

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Itinerary


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20 Trekkers. !0 Days. 1 Cause.

Itinerary


Itinerary

20 Trekkers. !0 Days. 1 Cause.

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DAY ONE PORT MORESBY

TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Upon arrival at the airport we will be transferred to the Kokoda Trail Hotel on the picturesque Sogeri Plateau, just outside Port Moresby. A trek briefing will take place before a group dinner. 


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DAY TWO OWERS CORNER

WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2017

We make an early start and travel by bus to Owers’ Corner, the start point of the trek. We descend to the Goldie River and then climb Imita, the first ridgeline of the Range. It was at this point where the Australians, camped on the ridge, turned the tide in the battle and forced the Japanese, on the opposing ridgeline at Ioribaiwa, to retreat. We descend into the
Ua-Ule creek valley and make camp for the night.


DAY THREE NAURO VILLAGE

THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

We climb to the top of Ioribaiwa Ridge. It was here that the Japanese were forced to retreat through exhaustion and starvation, despite being within sight of the ocean and the lights of Port Moresby, their ultimate goal. After crossing Ofi Creek we make camp at the village of Nauro, perched on a hillside in the Maguli Range.


DAY FOUR 'THE WALL'

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

We make our way through the Brown River Valley, where the main crossing provides the most pleasant swimming hole on the track. We then climb up and over ‘the Wall’ to Menari, one of the largest villages in the Range.


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DAY FIVE BRIGADE HILL

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2017

We ascend Brigade Hill, the site of one of the most famous battles of the campaign. It was here that a night-time Japanese flanking manoeuvre saw Brigadier Potts cut off from the three Battalions under his command. The 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions managed to regain the Australian lines, but the 2/27th Battalion, having been in the battle for only one day, became lost in the jungle for three arduous weeks before finally re-emerging in the foothills near Port Moresby. We pass through the village of Efogi before making camp at Naduri.


DAY SIX MOUNT BELLAMY

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017

We make our way up and over Mount Bellamy, the highest part of the track with an altitude of 2100 meters. In this area we see some of the track’s more interesting geographical features: the high altitude ‘moss forests’ and the Myola Lakes, huge dry lakebeds that served as important dropping grounds for Australian supplies. We make camp at Templeton’s Crossing, named after ‘Uncle’ Sam Templeton, Captain of B Company 39th Battalion, a popular and courageous officer who lost his life in the early stages of the battle.


DAY SEVEN EORA CREEK

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017

We pass through Eora Creek village. Now abandoned, the wartime village was a regimental aid post during the Australian withdrawal, made famous by footage from Damien Parer’s Academy-Award winning documentary ‘Kokoda Front Line’. Several months later, during the Australian advance, Eora Creek was the site of a fierce battle that marked the Japanese last stand in the ranges. In the afternoon we cross Eora Creek, pass through the village of Alola and make camp at the Isurava Memorial Site.


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DAY EIGHT ISURAVA MEMORIAL

TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Dawn service at the Isurava Memorial. At Isurava we will hear how the 2/14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF joined the beleaguered 39th in the fight against the Japanese, just at the point when all hope seemed lost. Bruce Kingsbury won his Victoria Cross in this battle. We then descend the western ridge of the Eora Creek valley, passing through the fields of choko vines to the village of Deniki. From here it is just a short descent into the Yodda Valley, though the rubber plantations to the village of Kokoda and the end of the track. Kokoda station is the site of the heroic stand of the 39th Battalion, the ‘Ragged Bloody Heroes,’ several hundred young and exhausted soldiers who faced the initial brunt of the powerful Japanese South Seas force. We spend the night at Kokoda.


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DAY NINE BOMANA WAR CEMETERY

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2017

We fly back to Port Moresby on a morning charter flight from Kokoda. We visit the Bomana War Cemetery and have a final group dinner at our hotel in the Port Moresby CBD.


DAY TEN HOME BOUND

We'll say our goodbyes and eagerly await home, sleeping our entire flight from Port Moresby to Australia.