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Kokoda Trail

Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Trail is a world-class coast-to-coast trek through isolated muntains and humid jungles.

The track was first established as part of the Japanese military campaigns against Australia during World War Two. Stretching from Port Moresby in the south to Gona Buna in the north,
this 96km trail passes through several significant battlefields, as well as many fascinating ecosystems and environments. This trail is all about the experience of wilderness hiking. It can be followed at your own pace, although the average hiker takes around ten days.

  1. Port Moresby
    Papua New Guinea’s capital city is the main entry-point on to the island. Although it has a reputation for being confrontational, the Botanic Gardens, Ela Beach Craft Market and nearby Moitaka Wildlife Sanctuary are all tourist-friendly destinations.
  2. Ower's Corner
    Named after Lieutenant N. Owers, Ower’s corner marks the end of the jeep track. On foot from here on in!
  3. Efogi
    This former village, built on the foothills of the Owen Stanley Mountain range, marks the halfway point along the trek.
  4. Eora
    The Eora Creek runs through a deep and scenic gorge. Get your cameras out!
  5. Kokoda
    Kokoda is the major battlefield after which the trail is named. Battle sites such as this are still marked in the jungle by the empty weapon pits.
  6. Oivi
    At Oivi, the trail passes between a series of steep wooded hills, which proved to be advantageous for the Japanese during combat. Today this is an excellent spot for  limbers.
  7. Buna Gona
    The former town of Buna Gona at the end of the trail is today a ghostly ruin, hidden by the encroaching jungle creepers.