Walk in the steps of Diggers and stand in history, while raising funds to support the work of Bravery Trust.
Since 2019 we’ve been working with Aurora Adventures coordinating an Anzac Day visit to the Kokoda Trail – one of the world’s most spectacular and challenging treks. Stretching 96km it marks the course of one of the most important battles for Australians in the Second World War.
Positions are open for Anzac Day 2024, contact Aurora Adventures for all the details:
Phone 0410 608 800
Kokoda Trail Anzac Day 2024 Itinerary.
Day 1 – 20 April 2024- We leave Brisbane and fly directly to Port Moresby and are met by our ground transport at the airport and we are transported back to our hotel. Here we undertake an extensive in-country brief including what to expect, how to pack and other administration for your trek.
Day 2 – We transfer out to our flight to Popendetta and then travel via transport to Kokoda Station. Once on the ground we hear the history of the battles of Kokoda, visit the Australian monuments and small museum before hitting the Track and heading to our night location Deniki.
Day 3 – A bright and early start for our first full day on Track and we head toward post war village Isurava before continuing onto the Isurava Battleground – a moving and emotional monument built to remember those that fought on those hallowed ground during the battle of Isurava. From there we have a cheeky climb up and over toward the spectacular views of our night location, Alola village.
Day 4 – Your first big day! After a steep descent down from Alola and a river crossing we head toward Eora Creek the site of a Regimental Aid Post during the battle and the scene of some fierce fighting on both the fighting withdrawal and the Australian Advance. From here we climb out of the creek line and notice the many weapons pits still visible today. We head toward Templeton’s crossing, named in honour of Captain Sam Templeton and our night location at the base of Mt Bellamy.
Day 5 – We’re up early for a hill climb up to the amazing views of the Kokoda Gap. From here we reach the highest point of the range and then continue on to 1900 for morning tea and Naduri Village for lunch. The team then proceeds on to Efogi Village for our night location at which time we’re officially over half way!
Day 6 Anzac Day – This morning begins with an emotional climb up Mission Ridge and onto Brigade Hill the site of one the fiercest battles of the campaign for our ANZAC Day service. After taking some time to hear the history and pay our respects to those lost we continue down to Menari village and onward to Brown River for the night.
Day 7 – Today we start in the swamp and then slowly climb up through the village of Nauro and up over the Maguli Range. Here you will encounter the famous nine false peaks before heading down Jap Ladder and across the beautiful Offi Creek to our night location.
Day 8 – We have two big ridges to tackle today. We start with climbing the formidable Iroibaiwa Ridge, the furthermost point of the Japanese advance. We then move down through the stunningly beautiful Ua-Ule Creek where we spend our time crisscrossing through the river in this moss-covered forest. We reach the location of the “Golden Staircase’ and climb up Imita Ridge before arriving at our night location of Uberi.
Day 9 – This morning we walk for a few hours to the Goldie River where we cross and start our last climb up to the Kokoda
arches at Owers Corner and complete our trek. We then proceed on to pay our respects at the Bomana War Cemetery and back to the hotel to refresh ourselves for our dinner celebration.
Day 10 – 29 April 2024 – We rise early to transfer to the Airport and fly home to our family and friends with a lot of great memories, a fantastic group of friends and a new appreciation of the Kokoda campaign.
Trekkers will undertake a 12-week remote pre-adventure training program to prepare them for this adventure. States with more than 10 trekkers will undertake an 8-week supervised training program. Our Exercise Physiology, Strength & Conditioning Team has formulated these programs for each specific adventure to ensure that you meet your adventure goals and thoroughly enjoy your journey.
Your trek cost includes:
• 8 week training program.
• International flights Brisbane > PNG and domestic flights in PNG
• One night accommodation in PNG (5 star) on a twin share basis
• All transfers and transport in PNG
• Accommodation on the Kokoda Track (village hut, tent or bush camp)
• All food during the trek – rations are prepared in Australia
• Dedicated Australian guide & dedicated Australian wilderness medic
• Most personal camping and cooking equipment
• Local PNG guides and porters for group equipment
• Trekking shirt and cap
• A trip to Bomana War Cemetery
• Group first aid kit and group communications and safety equipment
Your trek excludes
• Personal expenses such as phone call costs & alcoholic beverages
• Boots and all personal trek clothing
• Personal porter/carrier charges if required ($860 per personal porter)
• PNG Visa
• Inoculations and anti-malarial medication
• Connecting domestic flights to and from Brisbane
• Personal travel insurance – mandatory (see T&Cs)
Trek dates: 20th – 29th April 2024 (10 participants minimum per group, 20 participants maximum per group.) Price: $6,090pp*
*single supplement available
If you are unable to participate but would like to show your support for the 2024 trekkers you can support them here.
Documentary from 2023
The following videos were created by the team at Field Mining Services (FMS) who trekked the Kokoda Trail in April 2023 as a staff culture initiative, alongside our Bravery Trust Director Simon Mathews.
2023 Anzac Day Kokoda Trail part 1
2023 Anzac Day Kokoda Trail part 2