Kokoda Adventure

Walking the historical Kokoda Trail is more than just a physical challenge. It is a mental, emotional and spiritual journey that provides a unique insight into an inspiring culture and our military history. People come back bolder, more courageous and more grateful for what they have. Life is never the same after you've walked the Kokoda Trail. It's a life changing wilderness experience.

For more information, please contact:wayne@freespiritadventures.com.au

To book for this year's 75th Anniversary Trek - please click here

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Our average group size is 10-15. We keep our groups small to minimise impact on the environment and villages and to maximise your experience and safety.                                                             

Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and remote area emergency response skills. 

We provide a comprehensive remote adventure preparation program. Your safety and enjoyment of the trip is our number 1 priority.

We also provide a thorough insight into the military history; visiting numerous battle sites and places of significance along the track where we take time out to pay our respects at these sacred places.

Our trek itinerary is 9days/8nights to give you plenty of time and flexibility to enjoy the journey, soak up the culture and scenery and to visit sites off the main track. We also add extra nights at the northern beaches, visiting Buna, Sanananda and Gona where the military campaign started and ended. This itinerary provides a more thorough experience of the history and culture.

Most of our treks are scheduled from July to September each year as this avoids the busy periods around Anzac week; it is a more favourable time of year weather wise and from a historical significance point of view, it coincides with the anniversary of most of the major battles between Kokoda, Isurava and Brigade Hill. Other dates can be arranged for exclusive groups on request

75th Anniversary TREK July 13th to 23rd, 2017

Please see additional information below for specific trek itinerary, prices and inclusions.

Please email: wayne@freespiritadventures.com.au if you would like to reserve a spot on any of next year's treks.

Having taken 100's of people ranging in age from 14 to 74yrs on the journey so far; we've come to understand that anyone can do it with the right preparation and enjoy the experience. The biggest lesson we've learnt is that our perceived limits are self-imposed. Our unique preparation program prepares you mentally, physically and emotionally so that you get the most out of the experience and take away valuable lessons that have a positive impact on your personal and professional life.

Our 'Remote Adventure Preparation' Program includes:

  • Planning Sessions
  • Kokoda Specific Conditioning Prescription
  • Group Preparation Walks
  • 2 Day Pre-trek Team Building Expedition

The program runs over six months and culminates with the team expedition weekend just before the Kokoda trip. Our trekkers often comment on how valuable this program is in terms of preparation for the Kokoda challenge and their own personal development.

"Last weekend was so incredible!  Can't find the accurate superlative to tell you how much I enjoyed it.    Thank you, thank you, thank you! "  Pam Beal 

Please scroll down to bottom of page for additional details re itinerary, inclusions & price

Poetry & Prose written on the Track

Sixty Two Simple Sticks - written by Paul Ashenden (Advertiser journo) on Brigade Hill

Beyond the Memory of War's Endless Reach - written by Wayne Enright at Buna

MEDIA

Radio Adelaide Interview - Giving Back on the Kokoda Trail

Click here to listen to an ABC Radio Interview with Free Spirit Adventures Guide - Wayne Enright

Click here to see news article in 'Adelaide Now' - ANZAC Day 2013

BLOG

For a detailed review of one of our Kokoda treks from a clients perspective, please visit Steve's Kokoda Trek Blog

Coffee Table Book

"Kokoda - A Journey of the Spirit'

An inspiring book with hundreds of the best photos we have taken on the Kokoda Track over the years. This beautifully finished book includes photos, information, inspiring quotes and poetic words that illustrate the journey, the history, the culture and the breathtaking scenery of the Kokoda Trail.

Please click here for a Preview

 

Corporate Programs

Corporate Team & Leadership Treks

We can also facilitate team & leadership development programs, incorporating a Kokoda trek. Please visit www.truenorthleadership.com.au for more information about our corporate programs.

Giving Back

Community Projects

Each year we like to give back to the communities along the Kokoda Trail and through to the coast by sponsoring children's education, donating solar lights to villages, medical supplies to village aid posts and contributing to larger projects in partnership with the Kokoda Track Foundation. If you'd like to join us for a trek and make a difference at the same time, we would be happy to have you on board.  See below for more details or visit our FSA Giving Back page.

Please see Additional Information below for Trek dates, inclusions, prices, itinerary, history, FAQs and Guide Profile.

 

Additonal Information

75th Anniversary Trek - July 13th - 23rd, 2017

This year marks 75 years since the battles were fought along the Kokoda Track and on the northern beaches of Papua New Guinea from July 1942 through to February 1943, when PNG was an Australian Territory. Awareness and recognition of the significance of this epic battle in the defense of Australia against a Japanese invasion during World War 2 has become more well known in the last 10years but still many Australian's no little of what transpired during the Kokoda campaign and for many Australians young and old it has become a pilgrimage walk and a life changing experience that will stay with them forever - Not only due to the significance of the history but also because of the enduring relationship we still have with the descendents of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who supported our forefathers during some of the most challenging of circumstances. Today the Kokoda Track is a place of peace and tranquility, beauty beyond measure and one of the most challenging yet awe inspiring bushwalks in the world. The heart of this land and its people beats strong, as you walk through the landscape and feel the emotion of the history and the connection to the mountains and the people who inhabit this sacred place. Join us in July to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign and to share in a life-changing experience that you will always remember.

To reserve a place on this trek please contact: gabrielle@freespiritadventures.com.au

'Kokoda & Beyond' - Cultural Trek - dates to be confirmed (usually August)

This trek is for those who have walked the Kokoda Trail before and would like to return and visit the other side of the Eora Creek Valley where the 53rd and 2/16th Battalions fought near the village of Abuari. This trek starts at the village of Kanandara near Kokoda on the east side of the Eora creek Valley. We walk up the east side of the valley via the villages of Pelai, Hagatawa to Abuari. We will visit the giant Mayoka Waterfall and Eora Creek battle sites before returning to Isurava for a dawn service. We then travel from Kokoda to the coastal villages of Gona, Sanananda and Buna for a more in depth experience of Orokaiva culture.

For more information about this trek, please contact wayne@freespiritadventures.com.au

Exclusive Groups

We have a number of exclusive groups who are organising treks with us. If you have a group of people and would like to organise an exclusive trek, please contact us.

If you would like to attend our next information night or would like to register interest for future treks, please contact us.

Forms

The following forms are needed to create a booking according to the instruction on the Bookings page;

Preparation

The following are checklists of training or gear you may need in preparation for you adventure. To learn more about our preparation services see here.

Kokoda Booking Conditions



For anything not covered above, Contact us for more information.