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Phil Bradley 2009

Location
The Kokoda Trail is a prewar walking track linking the village of Kokoda on the eastern side of the Owen Stanley Mountains to Ower's Corner to the northeast of Port Moresby. The track spans from Oro Province (Northern Province) starting at Kokoda over the Owen Stanley Mountains over steep ridges and deep valleys to Ower's Corner in Central Province north of Port Moresby.

Wartime History
During July 21-22 the Japanese Army 144th Infantry Regiment commanded by General Horii landed on the north coast of New Guinea and advanced inland to Kokoda. Defending were Australian soldiers that succeeded in hauling the Japanese advance over the Kokoda Trail. Suffering from casualties and lacking of supplies, the Japanese began to fall back towards Kokoda then back to the north coast.

Today
This historical trail is walked by those interested in history or challenging treks.  Most trekkers are Australian, but the track is becoming more popular every year for visitors of all nationalities and also Papua New Guineans. The route takes several days to walk at a reasonable pace. Occasional landowner disputes occur over the trail, but a 'trek permit' spread fees between all villages.

  Starting point of the Kokoda Trail  Jeep track ends and trail begins  First staging camp along the Kokoda Trail  Site of the "Golden Stairs"   Furthest point of Japanese advance September 16, 1942  Village at the junction of two creeks  village on the southern slope, fourth staging post  Village in the mountains  Landing area during Kokoda campaign  Steepest and highest sections on the Kokoda Track  Halfway between Port Moresby and Buna  Village to the northeast of Isurava  Village along Kokoda Trail with war memorial   Village located about 8km south of Kokoda   Village located outside Kokoda   Located at the start of the Kokoda Trail  Located at the end of the Kokoda Trail, Kokoda Airfield and Station
   Kokoda Trail
McDonald's Corner
Uberi
Imita Ridge
Menari
Templeton’s Crossing
Eora

References
The Kokoda Track - An Historical Account Sequence of Events

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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