This unique tour gives you the opportunity to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track, without the need to join a gruelling trek. During our 5-day tour we will see the sites where Australian troops forged a legend in 1942, including Port Moresby, Kokoda, Owers’ Corner, Bomana Cemetery and many more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay your respects to the 2000 Australians who were killed or wounded in this pivotal WWII campaign, and to walk the ground where they sacrificed so much.
FROM: Port Moresby return
DURATION: 5 Days
DATES: 18-22 Sep, 2018
PRICE: $3,494* pp, twin share
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Kokoda – Without Trekking!
Day 1, 18 September Port Moresby
On arrival in Port Moresby we will be met by a Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours representative who will assist with our transfer to our hotel. After checking in, we will enjoy time to rest before meeting in the hotel lobby at 6pm for dinner. Over dinner our Historian will give a presentation on the battles fought in Papua in 1942. (D)
Day 2, 19 September Port Moresby Sightseeing
After a buffet breakfast, we will muster in the main foyer before boarding our air-conditioned bus. We will then head to Bomana War Cemetery, the last resting place of many who fought and died in the Papuan campaigns of 1942. Bomana is the also the last resting place of two Australian Victoria Cross winners, John French VC, who was killed in action at Milne Bay, and Bruce Kingsbury VC, who fell at Isurava. After our visit to Bomana we will then return to the hotel for lunch, stopping along the way at the area where Australia’s worst aviation disaster took place at the 7-Mile Aerodrome. In the afternoon we will take a sightseeing tour around Port Moresby, stopping to view the wreck of the M.V. Macdhui, which was sunk by Japanese aircraft in 1942. We will also visit the PNG National War Memorial and the PNG National Museum. We will then return to our hotel for our evening meal. (B, L, D)
Day 3, 20 September Owers’ Corner – The Start of the Kokoda Track
After an early breakfast we will head to the start of the Kokoda Track. Our tour bus will take us along the Sogeri Hwy, stopping at Hombrom Bluff and Rouna Falls along the way. Arriving at McDonald’s Corner (the original start of the Kokoda Track) we will stop outside the homestead of P.J. McDonald before continuing on to Owers’ Corner. Here you will be able to look out into the Owen Stanley Range as your Historian brings to life the events of 1942. For those feeling fit you may like to join your Historian on a short stroll along part of the famous Kokoda Track. We will then drive up to Koitaki showgrounds (the site of the infamous ‘rabbit that runs’ speech). As we head back down towards Port Moresby we will stop in at the Sogeri Lodge and enjoy a buffet lunch and visit the small museum. We will then return to the hotel. For those who would like to buy some souvenirs, there will be opportunity to visit the local arts and craft market. Dinner will be served in the main dining room. (B, L, D)
Day 4, 21 September Port Moresby-Kokoda-Port Moresby
After an early breakfast we will travel to the airport and board our charter flight to Kokoda village. With just over thirty minutes flying time we will see some magnificent views of the Owen Stanley Range, including Lake Myola, as we fly almost directly above the famous Kokoda Track. Landing at Kokoda we will be picked up by 4WD and make our way to the Kokoda Plateau. At Kokoda we will visit the memorials and the Herbert Kienzle museum. Our Historian will detail the desperate struggle by the 39th Australian Infantry Battalion who fought two battles in the vicinity at the start of the Kokoda campaign. The 4WD will then take us on a sightseeing tour as we drive along part of the northern end of the Kokoda Track and arrive at the village of Kovello. Here we will have a chance to see a traditional village setting. The ground is relatively flat in this area and we will have a chance to walk part of the northern end of the famous Track. In the afternoon we will reboard our charter flight and fly back along the Kokoda Track, another opportunity to see the Owen Stanley range from above. We will then return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon and our evening meal. (B, L, D)
Day 5, 22 September Farewell
Sadly, our tour in the footsteps of the heroes of Kokoda comes to and end after breakfast. We will transfer to the airport for our return trip home. (B)
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Kokoda Anniversary – Without Trekking!
- Services of our expert Historian
- Extensive touring of the battlefield sites
- All excursions, scenic drives, and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- All entrance fees as per itinerary
- 4 nights’ 4-star hotel in Port Moresby
- Breakfast daily, three lunches and four dinners
- Travel by air-conditioned touring vehicle
- Services of a Tour Manager, Historian, Driver and experienced Local Guides
- Flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda return
- Tips to your Tour Manager, Historian and Driver
- Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag
Kokoda – Without Trekking!
HOW TO BOOK: Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click enquiry button below and leave your details. Deposit is $1000 per person.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions.
*Per person, twin share, land only. Single supplement: $795