Adventure Kokoda Blog
Protecting our heritage
Kokoda is much more than a trek. It is almost a spiritual journey for those who wish to connect to the historical significance of the Kokoda campaign. It is also an empathetic bridge for Australians and Papua New Guineans to better understand each other.
All you need to know! We specialise on the Kokoda Trail and do not trek to any other location. This section contains general information regarding a trek across the Kokoda Trail.
Inspiring personal reflections and trekker feedback from Adventure Kokoda programs and experience.
Much has been written on the Kokoda campaign. This section comprises general speeches and papers on our wartime heritage by our Adventure Kokoda trek leaders and our associates.
We have established Network Kokoda as a Not-For-Profit company to honour the legacy of the wartime carriers by helping to meet their needs in agriculture, health, education and a sustainable economic future.
Adventure Kokoda are strong advocates of the need to protect our shared Kokoda military heritage with local villagers across the trail. This section contains issues relating to commemoration and management of the Kokoda trekking industry.
General interest articles on the ‘land of a thousand cultures’ – our former territory, closest neighbour, wartime ally and fellow Commonwealth neighbours. It remains a ‘land of the unexpected’ and the world’s last adventure
‘Kokoda Day’ has the potential to rival the commemorative status of Anzac Day in Australia. Most importantly it provides a status of recognition for the Papuan and New Guinea wartime carriers – the unsung heroes of the Pacific War campaigns in Papua and New Guinea from 1942 – 1945.
‘For those who command a desk in distant bureaucratic empires and academia the care and compassion of a Papuan in a remote jungle is something they will never comprehend.
‘But for those who have been carried to safety on a stretcher over that inhospitable terrain, as I have been on two occasions over the past 29 years, their unconditional care and compassion will never be forgotten.‘
We are proud to support a Kokoda Day initiative to bring the book ‘Roses At Eora Creek’ to the children along the Kokoda Trail and surrounding communities on 3 November. Our goal is to deliver 500 books to young readers along the Trail and surrounding communities. Every copy of Roses At Eora Creek purchased at $25 will have the respective donors name inside; Adventure Kokoda will facilitate the delivery.
Prior to the 50th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign in 1992 tourists rarely trekked across the Kokoda Trail. An Anzac trek led by Major Charlie Lynn on the 50th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign reawakened Australia’s interest and generated some rare positive publicity for Papua New Guinea. Over the next few years Charlie’s Kokoda treks featured positive stories in every major television and media network throughout Australia – this led to a surge in interest in trekking across the Trail.
‘A memorial master plan for the trail is needed to enable new generations to understand, appreciate and honour the sacrifices of our diggers as they walk the trail’ – Prime Minister Scott Morrison
A book review of ‘100 Treks Across The Kokoda Trail’ by PNG author, Rashmii Bell, who was invited to trek with Adventure Kokoda in August 2018 to interpret the experience through the eyes of a Papua New Guinean.