‘Kokoda’ is the complete adventure experience. It requires physical stamina and mental tenacity. The wartime history evokes strong emotions. The care and support of local PNG guides and villagers is humbling. The environment is rugged, remote and pristine.
On the 50th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign in 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating dropped to his knees to kiss the ground on the Kokoda plateau and proclaim its sacredness for our shared wartime heritage.
Until then a trek across the trail was generally restricted to a few small groups of hardy adventurers each year.
Keating ignited awareness of the campaign that had been overshadowed by Gallipoli until then.
‘Kokoda’ has since emerged as the complete adventure experience for Australian baby-boomers and young adventurers. It requires physical stamina and mental tenacity. The wartime history evokes strong emotions. The unconditional care and support of local PNG guides and villagers is humbling. The environment is rugged, remote and pristine.
The following selection of media articles provide first-hand recollections of their experiences.
GENERAL TREKKING ARTICLES
|Australian Geographic Magazine: ‘Walking Among Ghosts’|
|The Bulletin with Newsweek: ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’|
|The Canberra Times: ‘A Hard Slog to Kokoda’|
|Angry Anderson: Stars Rise and Fall on Kokoda|
|Sydney Swans Conquer Kokoda|
|Geo Magazine: ‘Trek to Hell and Back’|
|Sunday Life Magazine; ‘Lessons in Life’|
|Daily Telegraph: ‘Flag Burner on the Kokoda track’|
|Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Is this the Worlds meanest tour guide?’|
|GWP Magazine: ‘The Enshrinement of Kokoda’|
|Airlines PNG Magazine: ‘The King of Kokoda’|