SPECIAL EVENTS


MND trek with Dale Vine  26 August 2018

More than 2,000 Australians suffer from MND; a progressive and terminal neurological disease for which there is currently no cure. In partnership with MND Victoria, Dale Vine (The Block) will join Australian Kokoda Tours to take on Kokoda in September of 2018. The money raised will go directly towards the care and support of those living with Motor Neuron Disease.

Image Courtesy: Bravo Management

Image Courtesy: Bravo Management


On the 1st October 2018, the infamous Honey Badger (Nick Cummins), alongside J-Train Athletic Performance and Personal Training will be trekking Kokoda for the Grass Skirt Project. The project and trek aim to reduce the gender-based violence through sports. Honey Badger and J-train will be collecting sporting apparel through donations and delivering to those of our PNG neighbours in need.

Image Courtesy: rugby.com.au

Image Courtesy: rugby.com.au


 

ANZAC Day Tour

There's no better way to spend Anzac Day then on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Join us and follow in the footsteps of courageous diggers. Visit battlesites and learn about the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers that was the determing factor in flushing out the Imperial Japanese Army during the Kokoda Campaign. Join our all-inclusive Kokoda ANZAC Day Trek and let us take you on a memorable Anzac journey from Kokoda - Owers Corner. Limited spaces available.

There's no better way to spend Anzac Day then on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Join us and follow in the footsteps of courageous diggers. Visit battlesites and learn about the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the diggers that was the determing factor in flushing out the Imperial Japanese Army during the Kokoda Campaign. Join our all-inclusive Kokoda ANZAC Day Trek and let us take you on a memorable Anzac journey from Kokoda - Owers Corner. Limited spaces available.
 

Victory in the Pacific

 

Victory in the Pacific marked the end of the biggest ever threat to Australian soil.

The War in the Pacific was the first time in Australia's history that people felt directly threatened by an external aggressor.

But on August 14 1945, Japan surrendered, and Australia erupted in celebrations on the streets as news broke that the long-gone troops would return home.

VP day is celebrated on August the 15th and our August trek coincides with this memorable date, providing this trek with a significance that should be experienced.

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Ali Island Project

The Ali Island Project aims to raise funds to improve the standard of living for the locals of Ali Island, neighbouring islands and mainland communities of Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea. 100% of funds raised go directly to programs improving local health and sanitation infrastructure, education, reliable food and safe drinking water.

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What the 75th Kokoda Campaign means to us.

2017 marks 75 years of Kokoda, where we remember the Campaign, in which Australian soldiers, merchant navy men, airmen - and members of the Papua and New Guinea local forces – fought & died defending an Australian territory.

In particular, I speak of the initial battles of the campaign where the Japanese and Australian forces met, the battles of Kokoda, Isurava, Mission Ridge, Brigade Hill.

Today Isurava is a beautiful, peaceful place where four pillars stand. “Courage -  Endurance – Mate-ship & Sacrifice” & I can think of no better words or qualities to describe the spirit of all the men and women who served our country in the Kokoda campaign.

However, 75 years ago it was a much-changed landscape, that of Mud, blood and luckily for us unwavering strength & patriotism.

Australian forces faced wave after wave of Japanese attacks and in fear of being over-run performed countless acts of heroism. Acts in which I’m sure many men of today would have cowered from.

I have walked the trail over 50 times and my mind constantly wanders of these men, these ragged bloody heroes.

The scorching, burning days and the freezing, wet nights. The torrential rain - The raging rivers - The plunging ravines of Eora Creek and near vertical ascents of Mission Ridge. Not to mention, the sinking, decomposing floor of the tree-strangled mud.

This is where our men, fought, ate, slept and died. Although starved and weakened their weary, bodies, gamely fought on.

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Not days or weeks but months of; dysentery and malarial fever, lack of sleep, lack of food, these men were physically destroyed, but, nothing could destroy their morale, or their raw courage and will for their country & mates.

The sick, the wounded, the dying kept going, one gamely step after another.

Even for those shot, would not be persuaded to be carried; they insisted on crawling, as not be a burden to their mates.

It is beyond extraordinary what these men were able to do in the most relentlessly, indiscriminating jungle.

The stories of the AIF & Militia are abundant regarding their bravery, their readiness to give everything, physically and mentally, to the defence of Australia and their mates.

In the past years, we have learnt much about the history of Kokoda, but one thing that resonates from story to story is the bond of mateship.

I am unbelievably privileged to be able to guide trekkers across the Kokoda trail and convey the astonishing stories of our diggers. I hope these stories of our men & women can continue to be told and even taught as part of our school history. 

As a nation, we must never forget the debt we owe to these fellow Australians and we must never forget the responsibility we have to their families. Unfortunately, I’m sure we will continue to ask our sons and daughters to risk everything for the sake of our country.

So as I walk the trail, with the amazing butterflies of stunning colours, flowing rivers & postcard waterfalls, I find it hard to comprehend one of the most brutal wars, was fought in this jungle.

I come back to the same thought every trek, thank god for the boys of 1942.

It would be an honour to have you Trek the Kokoda 75th year anniversary with me.

Don't wait any longer; the time is now!

Mick O’Malley