Testimonials

It's hard to pick the best moment on the trail but I guess there were two: Meeting the old Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, and the feeling of finishing the trek. We felt abit sore by the end but it was worth the pain though.

If there's one thing I'll have to tell other Australians then it is the Kokoda Trail is one of the biggest challenges you'll have to face but to visit a very important place in our history makes it all worth it. Go and do it!

Kokoda Trail Expeditions guide and porters all stoodout, helped more than they needed and were always great entertainment.

I recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to others. We were well guided and looked after. Top tour group!

S.Morell
Perth
Western Australia
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 Physically and pshycologically demanding. Overall, enjoyed the experience made possible with the fantastic team.

I would trek again and recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to other Australians, as the it was suggested to me by a friend and I would do the same.

A. Smith
Newcastle
New South Wales
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The entire trip was an amazing challenge but meeting the old man, reaching Isurava and crossing under the three arches at the end was the best moment for me on the trail.

I tried not to but fell on my hip, was pleasant, but I put all that behind me and continued to enjoy the experience.

If there's one thing I'd tell other Australians planning on doing the Kokoda Track, it is 'just do it!' Everyone knows it is tough but all the pain is well worth it, plus it's an amazing country to see and lovely people.

The Kokoda Trail Expeditions team were great, were all fantastic but one person who kept us entertained was Max or 'Mad Max'. He's an awesome character and very funny. His barking like a dog was a standout. 

I would absolutely recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to other Australians, as long as they train thoroughly for it.

C. Moore (Col)
Perth
Western Australia
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The trek was an adventure of a lifetime, well organised by Kokoda Trail Expeditions made me feel very safe as a sole female trekker. I learnt so much about the history of the area, as well as about myself. I've walked out the other side with nothing but a stronger body and mind and some great memories.

I would trek again - maybe! I would only trek again if I were able to test myself and see how fast I could complete the trek in. Cost is a factor to me also.

Yes, I would recommend Arthur (my local guide) and the boys - they are so fantastic at what they do, cook good food and kept me from falling on my butt. Well organised and very helpful boys.

S. Chadwick
Palm Beach
Queensland
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The trek was fantastic - beautiful views, flora, fauna, rivers and streams. The trek was tough but certainly manageable. The team was really friendly and supportive, and the food was great. Kenny was a standout, always professional, great chef and very considerate when I became ill on day 8. Accommodation was great, tents were okay in the rain but the huts were a much better answer. Arthur allowed us to call home once which was sensational. Please allow this to happen in the future - it was inspiring!

I would definitely recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to other Australians. Kokoda was a sensational achievement for me personally and I'm sure other Australians would find Kokoda Trail Expeditions tour just as fullfilling. We didn't bring our cups, cutlery and plates and they let us use theirs which was greatly appreciated.

I always felt the team had a firm grip on the days schedule and always felt like I was safe and in good hands. A big thanks to Arthur, Ray, Tom and the team.

C. Jackett
Highett
Victoria
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 A tough but totally enjoyable wilderness experience. Much of the enjoyment came from the knowledge we were in safe hands with a friendly and capable trekking team. This became apparent when dealing with unexpected changes and conditions and was much appreciated. I felt the trekking guides Arthur, Danny and Kennett in particular went the extra mile ensuring we were kept safe and injury free in very difficult conditions. In hindsight, I would have prepared more thoroughly and allowed an extra day or two (ours was a 5 day trek).

I would trek again and recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to other Australians. Although challenging, this trek was well organised, safe and enjoyable. The scenery was spectacular, accommodation excellent, trekking campsites well maintained and friendly people. A unique trekking experience.

The trek is suitable for people with good prior knowledge of the history, but equally rewarding as a pure trekking experience.

J. Shatwell
Newcastle
New South Wales
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 I really enjoyed myself while spending time on the track. The guide and porters were welcoming, helpful and great company. Having a small group meant we could connect quickly. I loved getting to know the guys and their Papuan ways (including the food!) - Fantastic walking holiday!

I would definitely recommend this trek to people. It has been such a very good experience with the perfect balance of exercise and knowledge. The guide and porters gave us an insight into both the traditional ways of village life and the soldiers and natives experiences of 1942/43. Any questions we had were always answered with interesting detail.

R. Crittenden
Stirling
Australian Capital Territory
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 I visited Buna, Sanananda and Gona and was able to see may war time sites, equipment and artefacts. The local people were amazingly friendly, offering food, drink and information. Some small musuems provided insights into war time activities and procedures. The trip by boat from Oro Bay was excellent. I also visited Kokoda, proceeding by road from Popondetta. This allowed me to see all aspects of the country life of the local citizens as well as a wide variety of scenery. The visit to Kokoda was special and as I am an ex-servicmen, I found the various memorials to have quite an emotional effect on me. A really fantastic experience!

I was considering doing another tour and would certainly recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions to other people. Every booking including six aircraft flights, accommodation and meals worked without a problem. The guide and tour representatives in Popondetta were the most caring and concerned people and made my visit an experience to remember. Wonderful people!

I should also mention how impressed I was with my short association with Arthur in Port Moresby. A great gentlemen!

R. Bassett
Helensvale
Queensland
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The trek was a hard walk but very rewarding in many ways. I learnt about the efforts made by both natives and Australian troops in the war and how close the Japanese actually got.

I learnt how native village life is and we sampled the local food. The guide and porters were extremely helpful and were very knowledgable about the Kokoda Trail. I would recommend this company to everyone I know as I really enjoyed myself.

J. Crittenden
Cooma
New South Wales
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The Kokoda Trail is a living monument to the courage displayed by Australian troops and the people of Papua New Guinea in World War II. To stand where Kingsbury died resisting a fierce Japanese attack and earning himself a VC; or to stop at a rock so flat that the surgeon conducted emergency battlefield operations on it, is a truly sobering experience. The memorial at Isurava is a beautiful and fitting reminder of this history.

The people of Papua New Guinea that you meet along the Track are amazingly hospitable. Kokoda Trail Expeditions guides and porters are invaluable with their strength and local knowledge. They are especially good for a laugh and a song around the campfire at night. The people in the villages welcome you into their homes as if you were a long lost relative. The children flock to greet you and there is nothing like the joys of children laughing and playing to ease the burden of a tough day on the Track.

T. Davey
Brisbane
Queensland
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The trek was an amazing experience.

A challenge both mentally and physically from start to finish. It was tough but manageable. Ray, my personal porter was a huge help - I would recommend a personal porter. At times, I didn't think I could have completed the trek without Ray's help.

All the guides and porters help were fantastic. They made me feel safe and entertained us the whole time. Kenny was a star - great chef! The food was very good - different meals everyday. The only dissapointing part was we left our own cups and plates behind but the porters let us use theirs which was greatly appreciated. Overall, it was a fantastic trek - the experience made better by the great group of porters we had. A huge thanks to Arthur, Kenny, Ray, Tom and the boys.

I would have no problems recommending Kokoda Trail Expeditions to any friends or family in Australia. I felt safe and enjoyed the trek - it was a great experience for myself and one I'll remember for a lifetime.

You cannot go wrong with using Arthur, Kenny, Ray and the boys as porters - they were brilliant!

D. Skinner
Rowville
Victoria
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We thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the companion of all. We were well led, well carried, well guided, well fed and well cared for. Kokoda Trail Expeditions were very proffessional and provided good toktok (briefs in Tok Pidgin). The locals were very welcoming along the way and sold us good fruit and vegetables. The trek staff were especially good and are to be commended.

I would very much recommend Kokoda Trail Expeditions. It provided a balanced approach to the trail, its origins, its history and the Kokoda Campaign of 1942/43. It gave an insight to the Papuan, Koiari, Motu Koitabu and Oro Kaiva way of life along the trail before and since the Campaign. Walking the trail emphasized to me the special relationship between PNG and Australia.

Dr R. Crittenden
Bovey Tracey / Newtown Abbot
Devon
United Kingdom
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I have always had a keen interest in Australia's involvement in WWII. With the events in Papua New Guinea and particularly the Kokoda Track, the opportunity to walk the trail and try to obtain an understanding of the environment and situation that the soldiers of the 2nd AIF were placed in, was the chance of a lifetime.

There is a need to build up your fitness to be able to walk the 96km from Kokoda Village to Owers Corner. To walk the track with the guides and meet some local people from the villages was an experience I will never forget. The ability to wage war in this terrain, in places where the track may have been only 2 to 3 meters wide before dropping off steeply on both sides, would have been a harrowing experience. To actually be there on the track and see the remnants of the fighting pits, the relics in some of the villages, including helmets, rifle barrels, and used ammunition casings places a perspective of what occurred along this.
 
I recommend that any Australian who has the opportunity to complete this trek with Kokoda Trail Expeditions, grasp the chance eagerly and you will fully understand and acknowledge what the men of both Australia and Papua New Guinea sacrificed.

G. Rodgers
Brisbane
Queensland
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Kokoda Trail Expeditions provided for a truly memorable trekking experience. Not only did their experienced guides offer great insight into the World War Two battles that took place along the track, they also exchanged their dynamic understanding of the cultures that make up Papua New Guinea today.


The staff were understanding and helpful in allowing me to conduct research for my history thesis while trekking the track. The guides big smiles every morning and continued warm hospitality, provided a crucial distraction from both the physical and mental rigors of walking the Kokoda track.

I would encourage anyone considering the trek to use the services of Kokoda Trail Expeditions. The Papua New Guinean roots of the company gives the trekker a unique and timely perspective on what was once termed a “mere native pad.” The trekker comes away with not only an appreciation of the efforts of those involved in the 1942 conflict, but also a unique insight into present day Papua New Guinea. All this in the grand theatre of the Owen Stanley Ranges

T. Reddington
University of Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria
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