OUR TEAM


TREK LEADERS

 
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MICK O’MALLEY

Owner, Operator & Trek Leader

Mick has been leading expeditions across Kokoda since 2006 and is a keen student of the Kokoda campaign. Mick is a former 2 times Victorian, 3 times Australian and Commonwealth super featherweight boxing champion.

Mick is a qualified Fitness instructor holding an Advanced Diploma in Fitness and has trained over 400 clients to successfully complete Kokoda.

Mick has competed half marathons, full marathons and ultra marathons. He has extensively travelled having trekked in the Middle East, Europe, Pacific, Africa and as of March 2016 trekked Kokoda 45 times.

Mick’s passion for Kokoda is evident by the testimonials given and also being elected the inaugural secretary of the Kokoda Tours Operator’s Association. Mick is extremely keen to share his passion and knowledge for the people, culture and the amazing story of Kokoda.


NIGEL WINTERS

Trek Leader

Nigel has been working for Australian Kokoda Tours for 4 years having led School groups, Sporting groups and the general public alike. 

He has a passion for health and fitness, also working as a personal trainer at O'Malley Fitness

Nigel is passionate about the importance of trek preparation, training & overall fitness required to enjoy Kokoda. He has a unique relationship with the porters that work for Australian Kokoda Tours and enjoys relaying the stories of their family history.

 
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GRANT JAMES

Trek Leader

Grant first walked Kokoda in 2013 with Australian Kokoda Tours.

Grant wanted to walk in the footsteps of his great uncle who was part of the Kokoda campaign and who also wrote & published a book telling his experience on the track. 

After walking the track with his mates he became passionate about sharing the story of the Campaign with others.

Being a tour guide it enables Grant to do a job he loves while doing what he is best at – helping others, listening and talking to people about their stories.

Grant has built a respectful relationship with our team of local porters which helps ensure his treks run smoothly and the trekkers experience the trip of a lifetime.


IAN SMITH

Trek Leader

Ian first walked the Kokoda Track in 2014 with Australian Kokoda Tours.

His motivation to walk the Track was driven by a desire to honour his father who served his country for 18 months, in a support role for the RAAF, at Port Moresby and Milne Bay.

Ian was so moved by Kokoda, he returned a year later with his brother and two nephews with the objective of experiencing the spirituality of the venture with his close family. Ian is both humbled and thrilled to be provided the opportunity to lead treks with Australian Kokoda Tours.  

Ian has an enthusiasm for the history of the campaign and displays a genuine desire to ensure that his trekker’s experiences on their trek are enhanced by his knowledge of the history of the campaign, his comprehension of the terrain and its challenges and his relationships with our porters and the local villagers.

Ian deeply recognises the rewarding experience that a well led and organised trek will deliver to those trekkers who have made the life changing decision to undertake this journey. 

 
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CARL PEERS

Trek Leader

Carl is a recently retired Inspector with the Victorian Police Force. After 40 years in the Force he has a wealth of knowledge in health and safety and extensive experience in team leadership and risk management.

With a passion for the outdoors, Carl first trekked Kokoda in 2000 and he has since lead a number of public and youth treks. 

He is passionate about Papua New Guinea, the Kokoda campaign and its welcoming villagers along the track.   

Carl is keen to share his experiences, knowledge and stories with others, ensuring the sacrifices made by Australian soldiers in WWII are not forgotten. 

 

OUR PORTERS


We consider our porters in Papua New Guinea part of our family and truly believe our team of porters are some of the best on the trail. They go above and beyond to ensure your time at Kokoda is seamless. They are the new generation of Fuzzy Wuzzy angels and are naturally kind, thoughtful and extremely modest and polite.

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ntial equipment and supplies, they set up camp, cook the meals and wash and clean up after every meal. They support all trekkers on the difficult sections of the trail. Carrying a guitar to play and sing at night in camp is an initiative they have undertaken to entertain themselves and our trekkers.

We value our porters and express this to them by paying them above the standard rate, providing them with personal gear such as T-shirts, shorts, caps and nametags, along with their sleeping mats and sleeping bags.

We also have a scholarship program where we bring at least one of our porters out to Australia each year.