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    Kokoda Trail  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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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 Range 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 Range over steep ridges and deep valleys to Ower's Corner in Central Province north of Port Moresby. During the Pacific War and in Australian references known as the Kokoda Track.

Wartime History
During July 21-22, 1942 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.

   Kokoda Trail
McDonald's Corner
  Starting point of the Kokoda Trail
  Jeep track ends and trail begins
  First staging camp along the Kokoda Trail
Imita Ridge
  Site of the "Golden Stairs"
  Furthest point of Japanese advance September 16, 1942
Menari
  Village at the junction of two creeks
  village on the southern slope, fourth staging post
  Village in the mountains
  Landing area during Kokoda campaign
Templeton’s Crossing
  Steepest and highest sections on the Kokoda Track
Eora
  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

References
The Kokoda Track - An Historical Account Sequence of Events

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Last Updated
September 9, 2018

 

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