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To Mick O’Malley and his team at Australian Kokoda Tours,

I would like to thank you very much for one of the most enjoyable and sensational experiences in my life.

The trip had all I ever expected. The professionalism from your team was outstanding and everything was taken care of.

It was very well organised from all the training you gave us, to set us up for the Kokoda trip. Our guide Grant James was exceptional in his knowledge, mateship and encouragement. The food was more than was expected given the primitive conditions out on the track and the porters (Fuzzy Wuzzy) were exceptional in the care and friendship they displayed toward us and we were well lead by Mud Man.

The Kokoda trek was amazing with all that could be thrown at us; steep inclines, mud, water crossings, homemade bridges, tree roots to step over, rocks, steep descents, rain and fantastic village people who made you most welcome.

The history of the Kokoda Campaign was all along the track and you had time to take it all in as well as take fantastic photos. It was particularly moving hearing the recordings of returned soldiers at various historic battle sites.

From the minute I got to Kokoda, my dreams were met; the experience and mateship with my fellow trekkers will be life long memories. It has made me realise not to take life for granted. If you do the training, it will be most enjoyable and achievable.

A life changing experience. I can still remember the final day going through the arches with my fellow trekkers, it was simply an amazing feeling of achievement. It reminded me of winning a grand final in football – A great team effort!

I would highly recommend Australian Kokoda Tours and I can’t wait to do it again with them. A first class organisation.

Courage, Mateship, Endurance, Sacrifice

Fuzzy Wuzzy you bloody beauty

Many Thanks for the experience
— Michael Meesen

Hi,

I had a really positive experience with Australian Kokoda Tours. The tour is organised extremely well and even though things didn’t always go to plan, I felt that it would all work out. I think it is great that we are met at PNG airport and given an opportunity to meet with other trekkers. The whole experience was very positive. Our guide, Mick O’Malley, was enthusiastic and energetic. His ability to interact with all of the trekkers made for a great trip. Being a vegetarian, I was also very grateful that the porters were able to make me dinners that I could eat.

Overall, a fantastic company that I have recommended to my family and friends who are interested in doing Kokoda.

Thanks again.

Paige Deery
— Paige Deery

Hi,

Thanks for your email for feedback to our Kokoda experience. I had most fantastic time and will be doing it again with your company one day in the future. We had the most fantastic Guide in Grant James who made the experience a dream.

All the training we did was great and prepared us well for it and Katie was a fantastic instructor who always keep it entertaining.

I’m still soaking up the whole experience of it and loved every minute of my time there.

Regards
— Michael Meesen

Hi,

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The way you Nigel respected the track and paid respect to the history of the place was a highlight.

A big thanks to the crew for the training and the support staff who made the journey a place that you wanted to be. Good people, good food and a very special place, can’t ask for much more.

Thanks again.
— Victor Smith

Mick and the team at Australian Kokoda Tours run an amazing trip.

The Kokoda campaign comes to life with Mick’s powerful and thought-provoking tales of what out troops endured.

If you have ever contemplated doing Kokoda, you won’t regret making the commitment. My family has no connection to the war but we left touched by the experience.

Completing this with my brother and father will be an experience we can cherish for the rest of our days.

Many Thanks,
— Matthew Torney

The trek was very well organized and the training before we went prepared us for what lay ahead and made it possible for us to enjoy the trek. Grant was a great leader and the track commentary added to the educational aspect of the trip. It was a very emotional time for all our group on the track and well done to Australian Kokoda Tours.

Kind regards,
— Keith Primus

Hi Mick,

Thank you for an amazing trek. I cannot believe how both physically and mentally exhausted I have been all week!!!! It took a few days to kick in, but once it did it hit with advengance....

The porters are amazing and mudman should be congratulated on picking great people. The boys loved it and if in the future any of our younger boys are interested in going, you will be the first one I contact.

Thank you once again, Tammy.
— Tammy Duff

Hey Mick and Team,

The experience that the Geelong Grammar School students had with Australian Kokoda Tours was life-changing. Not only was the training and planning straight forward but well organised too. His ability to get to know the individuals on a personal level helped ensure the group bonded for each session and most importantly the trek.

During the trek the level of information he provided the group help paint the powerful imagery of what the campaign was like in 1942. He was well structured along the trek, had the best sites to rest on and as the students always comment upon; the food was amazing.

During the trek, he had little surprises along and knew exactly what to do to lift the spirits of the group. He managed the group in a safe manner and importantly his staff, porters and cooks were welcoming, inspiring and a great support. For me, it was just the experience of the trek, or the information but the overall package that Mick provided that will ensure we continue with this tour for years to come.
— Craig Durran, Geelong Grammar School, Head of Highton House. July 2016.

Hi Mick and the AKT team,

Thanks for making our recent trip to the Kokoda Track in PNG so memorable.

It began as an item on my bucket list, but when a bunch of my school friends decided to take on the challenge I jumped at the opportunity to share the experience.

The professionalism from your team both the guides and the porters was outstanding. Everything was taken care of with a minimum of fuss. Arrival,Catering, Safety, Accommodation, transfers, logistics and departures all flowed seamlessly.

The daily encouragement and advice on the tough days, the entertainment and tips around the campsite forged a strong bond amongst the whole team that can only come from challenging circumstances.

The best bit for me was the cultural and historical insights into the Kokoda campaign provided while passing significant points along the way. The various strategic pieces of the puzzle that allowed the Diggers to endure. The stories of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice that occurred truly gave me a greater appreciation of the significance of this campaign to the freedom we take for granted in Australia.

As a grandson of two Diggers that were stationed in PNG during the Second World War it brings home the enormous sacrifice that so many paid for the priveleges we Australians enjoy today.

The experience is one I will cherish for rest of my life. It has opened my eyes to what can be achieved and made me realise not to take life for granted as I have in the past.

Also I am now inspired to track down more details about both of my Grandfathers’ service in the Australian Army during WW II.

I would thoroughly recommend this trip with Australian Kokoda Tours to anyone thinking of experiencing Kokoda.

All the best Mick and the AKT team I will be back again.
— Lincoln Catton Grandson to, Private W.A Maher - VX89320 - 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion & Lance Corporal L. W Catton - VX141857 - 151 Australian General Transport

Hi,

In the near future I will write a longer note on my experience on the trek mainly to thank the team on our trip who were faultless in everything they did with a wonderful human touch, but mainly to thank the great man, in my humble opinion I truly believe Mick to be one of the finest Australians I have ever met, his passion for teaching Australians about the history of what happened on Kokoda was an 8 day education I shall never forget.

I can’t honestly really see any areas to improve on Mick really nailed it in every department, I guess after 50 plus treks he really knows his stuff, even the weather was spot on.

I must say the information pre-trek was superb and easy to follow which was of most help out on the track. Say hello to Mick for me please,I have an enormous amount of respect for him and what he has done and continues to do.
— Brendan Cleary

Hi Mick,

Kokoda.. Mud, sweat, history, tears, laughter, beauty. In November I was lucky enough to join the team from Australian Kokoda Tours for an incredible experience, walking the Kokoda Trail.

In the months leading up to the trek, the AKT crew helped settle any nerves by providing a comprehensive training program to prepare us for what come ahead. Any question was quickly answered and all of the logistics were taken care of. When we finally started the trek the AKT ground crew in PNG turned up the hospitality even further and helped us get underway.

The questions I keep getting asked after my return are “Was it hard?”, “Was it muddy?”, “Was it safe”. The answers; yes, yes and yes. The trek is hard but not impossible, prepare, train and you will have an absolute blast of a time. The mud is real but just another challenge to conquer. And the wonderful AKT team ensure your safety with their 100% completion rate for the trail.

In summary trekking, the trail with AKT was such a positive experience I will be back again! See you on the trail.

Take care,
— Tim Mulholland

Dear Australian Kokoda Tours,

In 2013, St Joseph’s College undertook its inaugural trip to PNG to walk the Kokoda Track. Michael O’Malley and Australian Kokoda Tours worked closely with the school to ensure all aspects of the trip were fully prepared.

The 2013 trip was an enormous success and provided life-long memories for the students, parents and staff who attended. The College ran its second trip in 2015 which was equally successful.

I cannot recommend Australian Kokoda Tours highly enough. Their attention to detail was outstanding. The safety of those on the trip was paramount and all participants were provided with the necessary training and equipment to ensure they enjoyed their experience.

Michael O’Malley’s knowledge of the Kokoda Campaign also ensures participants to fully immerse themselves in the history of Australia’s involvement in WWII at Kokoda. The school has also been able to develop a relationship with the village of Kagi and have raised funds to support the people of this village which adds a social justice component to the trip.

I fully endorse Michael O’Malley and Australian Kokoda Tours as a professional organisation highly suitable for running school trips to Kokoda and am willing to be a contact for any school who is considering undertaking this worthwhile trip, a trip that is certain to positively impact on the lives of all those who attend.
— Paul Clohesy- Deputy Principal of St Joseph’s College Geelong

Hey,

I trekked Kokoda with Australian Kokoda Tours not once but twice.

Kokoda was an amazing experience and undoubtedly helped me during pre-season training for the AFL season. I found Australian Kokoda Tours very passionate about not only Kokoda and the history but they had a great understanding of what my fitness needed and when to push & when to pull back.

I had obviously had a lot of foot injuries in the past and needed to gain fitness without having the stress through my body. Mick had a great understanding of this and the safety of not only us AFL guys but the rest of the group was outstanding.

Trekking was tough and the food to replace our energy stores was fantastic, fresh and plenty of it.

I can highly recommend Australian Kokoda Tours as a friendly, professional and first class tour operator.
— Steve Johnson

Dear Australian Kokoda Tours,

Mick and his team have been an outstanding organisation to work with. His team’s ability to be clear, organised and willing to make our School experience a rewarding one is exceptional. He has worked with our School throughout the entire planning stage and we look forward to being involved with Australian Kokoda Tours for many years to come.
— Craig Durran- Geelong Grammar

Hey Australian Kokoda Tours,

Mick and his team at Australian Kokoda Tours far exceeded my expectations when it came to our tour!

What began as a group of mates embarking on a “holiday with a difference” quickly turned into an informative tour about the battles for our countries freedom which was masterfully conducted.

The tour was run with the utmost professionalism.

From the in depth description and details relayed to us at certain battle points along the track, to the meals provided that ensured we had plenty of energy for the strains of the day’s trekking.

Whether your doing the Kokoda Track for the historical significance or for a fitness holiday, I am sure Mick, with his abundance of knowledge and extensive experience in the fitness scene, coupled with his expert knowledge of history of the track, can deliver a program to exceed expectations in both scenarios.

I could not recommend Australian Kokoda Tours highly enough.

It was a trip of a lifetime and one that will remain with me forever.
— Josh Hunt & his Team- Geelong Football Player

I trekked Kokoda with Mick O’Malley – Australian Kokoda tours in September 2014. This is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have always had an interest in the history of Australia at war and to be able to walk the same track in which our soldiers did to protect our country and give us the freedom and lives we have today is just absolutely incredible.

Days were tough but in my mind I tried to imagine myself in their footsteps. What they achieved was absolutely heroic. We had laughs, tears, falls, rolls, slips and slides.

The battle of Isurava and seeing those four pillars was one of my highlights of the trip. Courage endurance mateship sacrifice. We played the last post and had a minute silence in respect of those that had fallen. And I cannot forget the moment I met the fuzzy wuzzy’s. What they done for our soldiers was absolutely selfless and I was honoured to be able to meet them.

One of the toughest days on my trip was day 6. We walked for 12 hours. The last 6 hours we did not stop. Rain fell down, the track was slippery and we arrived in camp just before nightfall. This is was still nothing compared to what our soldiers experienced and that is what I reminded myself of.

The last uphill to owers corner and through those Kokoda arches with my friends and fellow Trekkers was truly truly amazing. It was a proud moment for us all and quite emotional. We had finally made it.

The history learnt along the track is like no other experience. To stand where they stood and hear their stories will stay with me forever.

I was lucky enough to be asked to read the ode at the Bomana War Cemetery. This was such an honour. I read as tears streamed down my face. I could not contain them. All the bodies buried were there to give us the lives we live today.

I also want to mention the porters that were with us every step of the way. They were a godsend. I would have fallen over many more times if it weren’t for them. And the food was fantastic.

The Kokoda trek was honestly life changing for me. I have so much more appreciation for those who fought for our country and those who still are. I also appreciate those little things in life a little more and am grateful for the life I have today. I will always have the memory of the Kokoda track and am so lucky to have experienced it with my friends. I will cherish it forever.

Lest we forget.
— Stacey

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for sharing the ‘mystique’ of the Kokoda story and making the experience what I believe to be one of my greatest achievements.Thank you so much for sharing the ‘mystique’ of the Kokoda story and making the experience what I believe to be one of my greatest achievements.

I sincerely hope we can maintain contact into the future and the fact I can now consider you a friend.

I am proud to advocate your business in anyway I can and would ask you to give some thought as to how this could be best provided.

Thanks and best wishes.
— Dean Talbot

Hi Mick and the team from Australian Kokoda Tours.

Thanks for your efforts in organising the trip. The logistical challenge of providing safety, nutrition, hydration, personel, transport, accomodation and significant psychological support, (not to mention a sensational pharmaceutical supply) for all of us was second to none. I hope you have had a couple of nights solid sleep and been to your favourite steak house, but most of all I hope you have put the lid on the jar of HTFU and left it in the fridge. Your girls will be needing a soft and malleable bloke in the house.

Coming home was much more emotional than I expected “crying tired” I guess. My thoughts are consumed by the people we met, the amazing environment we traveled through and the contrast between the track and Moresby. I think there are lots of things we could do to keep these people living happily and productively in their villages and will continue to ponder the merits and feasibility of these.

I have been using a compression cuff from the footy club, which has really helped reduce the swelling of my ankle and i think that and a few days of not trekking will sort it out - probably psycho.

Once again thank you Mick, the enormity of the experience is still sinking in.

Regards,
— Loretta FitzGerald

Hi Mick,

I had an amazing time. It was harder than I thought, at times lonelier than I thought, but definitely more amazing than I thought. I genuinely did not think that I would love it as much as I did, laugh as much as I did or feel so empowered at the end.

You and your support had an enormous impact on me. Without wanting to sound over the top, I truly find you inspirational. Someone asked me yesterday whether I would do it again, and I have to admit my answer was yes! Who would have thougth.

Just wanted to say, thank you so much. It was so well organised, the porters were amazing and the history along the way was fabulous.

Thank you so much Mick for the most amazing experience of my life.
— Kim

Hello Australian Kokoda Tours,

I want to express my enormous gratitude to each and every fantastic friend I have just had the privilege of sharing one of my life’s most amazing experiences with. To all 11 of you, you will have a special place in my thoughts and hopefully much more a part of my life from here on. The incredible tapestry of experiences is beyond words and the emotional roller coaster everything and more than I could ever have imagined or expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Packs On, let’s rock and roll up and down. Fuzzy Wuzzy, you bloody beauty. I love you all to Owers Corner and back. Talk soon my good friends. I want to express my enormous gratitude to each and every fantastic friend I have just had the privilege of sharing one of my life’s most amazing experiences with. To all 11 of you, you will have a special place in my thoughts and hopefully much more a part of my life from here on. The incredible tapestry of experiences is beyond words and the emotional roller coaster everything and more than I could ever have imagined or expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Packs On, let’s rock and roll up and down. Fuzzy Wuzzy, you bloody beauty. I love you all to Owers Corner and back. Talk soon my good friends.
— Peter

Dear Mick,

Thank you so much for the trek. I think everyone in the team did an amazing job, struggling with their own issues at times but overall making a seemingly impossible walk possible.

Kokoda occupies my mind most of the time since we have returned. I wish I could go back and do it all again tomorrow, I am really really sad that it is over and that I may never see Mudman and Anouk again! I just loved their kind, gentle and very funny natures. And this of course goes for all of the other porters too. Their natures are so gentle (without exception). They were always grateful when I would buy them bananas, coke or mandarines and it was always my absolute pleasure to do this for them as they deserved every kindness in my opinion. They were always there with an arm/hand/foot ready to catch us when we were sliding or struggling. They were always up for a laugh and friendly and smiling. They were so polite and shy at the same time. I will really never forget them and treasure my memories so much, I never want them to fade.

I am going to save up this year and next and come on another Kokoda trip with you next year. If I can rally up a few people I know to come along I will do this as i think half the trick is getting a good group of like minded people together.

I am still laughing at all the funny things that happened. The porters no doubt think I am one of the biggest half wits they have even encountered on the track but c’est la vie!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make possible an amazing dream, a fantastic self achievement, an incredible life experience and really for me, the absolute trip of a life time.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make possible an amazing dream, a fantastic self achievement, an incredible life experience and really for me, the absolute trip of a life time.

Thanks Mick. Great leader, great enthusiasm and encouragement at all times for those that needed it. Great laughs, great chats, hideous stretches. The fines were such a great idea. I think it made it so so fantastic to be able to regroup and laugh and laugh each night after long days, particularly for those who were struggling. Keeping spirits high is no doubt one of the most important components to a successful trip and this was ‘fines’ game very conducive to it.
— Ros

Hi Mick,

The trip was an amazing experience and honestly the best thing I have ever done. I got so much out of it and the hard moments are the ones I look back on now and find the most rewarding and worthwhile.

I want to say a big thank you to you again for running such a fantastic trip, your experience and professionalism made the trip such an enjoyable one and your choice of porters was awesome - they were all so friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and lovely. Freddy in particular was amazing and so attentive and helpful (I probably drove him nuts with my lack of coordination!) and I couldn’t have made it without him.

It is remarkable to look back like you said and think about the diggers who managed to do kokoda whilst been shot at and carrying huge amounts of supplies - it just beggars belief how they did that and how brave they must have been when we’re struggling with porters to help us up the hills! I found the historical part of the trek really interesting and informative actually and learned a lot during the 8 days - I definitely think having the historical context made the experience so much more valuable, so thank you for that too.

I will definitely pass on your details to any of my friends who are interested in doing kokoda in the future!

Take care and thanks again for everything,
— Cath

Hi Mick,

My experience with Australian Kokoda Tours is something - even after 2 years after completing it - that I hold very close to my heart, and something that I treasure daily.My experience with Mick & Australian Kokoda Tours is something - even after 2 years after completing it - that I hold very close to my heart, and something that I treasure daily.

I had come to the realisation a couple of years ago that time is not everyone’s friend, and on that a long held ‘I’ll do it one day’ list was Kokoda. My family has a lot of history a long that track, and I wanted to pay homage to that, and the other men who fought there. I signed on to do it with Australian Kokoda Tours knowing no one – not a single person – and I have never felt more part of a group. The words ‘ experience of a lifetime’ do not do it justice.I had come to the realisation a couple of years ago that time is not everyone’s friend, and on that a long held ‘I’ll do it one day’ list was Kokoda. My family has a lot of history a long that track, and I wanted to pay homage to that, and the other men who fought there. I signed on to do it with Australian Kokoda Tours knowing no one – not a single person – and I have never felt more part of a group. The words ‘ experience of a lifetime’ do not do it justice.

Mick, Ben & the team instilled a calm confidence in their ability from the start; there was always encouragement when it got hard, and a well deserved ‘harden up’ when it was well and truly needed. They were always there to answer questions, push us hard (sometimes to our very limits), but we knew without a shadow of a doubt that with their leadership our group would all be able to do this, and it would be the most amazing, worthwhile & hardest times of our life.Mick, Ben & the team instilled a calm confidence in their ability from the start; there was always encouragement when it got hard, and a well deserved ‘harden up’ when it was well and truly needed. They were always there to answer questions, push us hard (sometimes to our very limits), but we knew without a shadow of a doubt that with their leadership our group would all be able to do this, and it would be the most amazing, worthwhile & hardest times of our life.

The time spent on the track was the as hard as it was rewarding. Papua New Guinea is one of the most magnificent places on this earth, even considering what the country has been through and her people are just as beautiful. I still keep in touch with my amazing porter Peter. Whilst we walking, Peter & I would talk about our lives & our families, he would sing to me & he’d keep me vertical & laughing when times got tough. Not only was Peter my protector, carer & educator - I was lucky enough to be called his friend. He made the hours of walking just as beautiful as the scenery.The time spent on the track was the as hard as it was rewarding. Papua New Guinea is one of the most magnificent places on this earth, even considering what the country has been through and her people are just as beautiful. I still keep in touch with my amazing porter Peter. Whilst we walking, Peter & I would talk about our lives & our families, he would sing to me & he’d keep me vertical & laughing when times got tough. Not only was Peter my protector, carer & educator - I was lucky enough to be called his friend. He made the hours of walking just as beautiful as the scenery.

When things get hard over here, I find myself thinking back, reminiscing and my troubles lessen. Life lessons learnt over there as well as Mick’s influence I carry with me. Mick’s organisation skills, knowledge of Kokoda’s history, safety measures and his team of porters was beyond reproach. His innate ability to know when to lead & when to guide I have not seen before. The people that I walked with, be it friends I made here or on the trek are some of the greatest treasures in my life.When things get hard over here, I find myself thinking back, reminiscing and my troubles lessen. Life lessons learnt over there as well as Mick’s influence I carry with me. Mick’s organisation skills, knowledge of Kokoda’s history, safety measures and his team of porters was beyond reproach. His innate ability to know when to lead & when to guide I have not seen before. The people that I walked with, be it friends I made here or on the trek are some of the greatest treasures in my life.

I can’t recommend Mick & Australian Kokoda Tours highly enough, and I feel so lucky & blessed to have been lead on one of my life’s turning points by him. I will be forever grateful.I can’t recommend Mick & Australian Kokoda Tours highly enough, and I feel so lucky & blessed to have been lead on one of my life’s turning points by him. I will be forever grateful.
— Brooke Stafford

Dear Mick,

Thank you so much for organising Kokoda. All the training, all the emails, information, planning & attention to details was all fantastic and made our trip fit perfect in every way. I loved your honest comments about the group we went with - That it was different from other tours being mostly female and how you were presently surprised. As you know i adored (nearly) every step and I just loved every single experience. The track was so extremely breathtaking, I still can’t believe it. The porters were absolutely amazing, Mudman, Anouk, Scotty, Danny, Junior... all so beautiful. I will definitely be coming on another Kokoda trip with you, hopefully next year & hopefully with the same crew of porters. Thank you so much for organising Kokoda. All the training, all the emails, information, planning & attention to details was all fantastic and made our trip fit perfect in every way. I loved your honest comments about the group we went with - That it was different from other tours being mostly female and how you were presently surprised. As you know i adored (nearly) every step and I just loved every single experience. The track was so extremely breathtaking, I still can’t believe it. The porters were absolutely amazing, Mudman, Anouk, Scotty, Danny, Junior... all so beautiful. I will definitely be coming on another Kokoda trip with you, hopefully next year & hopefully with the same crew of porters.

Thank you for sharing all your knowledge about the brutal war, tips about staying well & healthy, encouraging those who needed a little help at times, laughing at my jokes, being great company and taking on all the responsibility. I’ll never forget my trip & I feel very, very lucky to have had such an opportunity. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge about the brutal war, tips about staying well & healthy, encouraging those who needed a little help at times, laughing at my jokes, being great company and taking on all the responsibility. I’ll never forget my trip & I feel very, very lucky to have had such an opportunity.
— Ros

Dear Mick,

I can’t thank you enough for the most amazing time of my life! I can’t thank you enough for the most amazing time of my life!

You have given us all a wonderful experience & I love every moment of it (in reflection anyway) You have given us all a wonderful experience & I love every moment of it (in reflection anyway)

My life has changed, I shall never be the same, I am sure and I am a much stronger person for it. My life has changed, I shall never be the same, I am sure and I am a much stronger person for it.

There is no hiding who you are when you take all the comforts away and I found that I can survive “just fine”.There is no hiding who you are when you take all the comforts away and I found that I can survive “just fine”.

Thank you for the friends I have made and the memories that I will never forget.Thank you for the friends I have made and the memories that I will never forget.
— Donna

I trekked Kokoda with Mick O’Malley – Australian Kokoda tours in September 2014. This is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have always had an interest in the history of Australia at war and to be able to walk the same track in which our soldiers did to protect our country and give us the freedom and lives we have today is just absolutely incredible.

Days were tough but in my mind I tried to imagine myself in their footsteps. What they achieved was absolutely heroic. We had laughs, tears, falls, rolls, slips and slides.

The battle of Isurava and seeing those four pillars was one of my highlights of the trip. Courage endurance mateship sacrifice. We played the last post and had a minute silence in respect of those that had fallen. And I cannot forget the moment I met the fuzzy wuzzy’s. What they done for our soldiers was absolutely selfless and I was honoured to be able to meet them.

One of the toughest days on my trip was day 6. We walked for 12 hours. The last 6 hours we did not stop. Rain fell down, the track was slippery and we arrived in camp just before nightfall. This is was still nothing compared to what our soldiers experienced and that is what I reminded myself of.

The last uphill to owers corner and through those Kokoda arches with my friends and fellow Trekkers was truly truly amazing. It was a proud moment for us all and quite emotional. We had finally made it.

The history learnt along the track is like no other experience. To stand where they stood and hear their stories will stay with me forever.

I was lucky enough to be asked to read the ode at the Bomana War Cemetery. This was such an honour. I read as tears streamed down my face. I could not contain them. All the bodies buried were there to give us the lives we live today.

I also want to mention the porters that were with us every step of the way. They were a godsend. I would have fallen over many more times if it weren’t for them. And the food was fantastic.

The Kokoda trek was honestly life changing for me. I have so much more appreciation for those who fought for our country and those who still are. I also appreciate those little things in life a little more and am grateful for the life I have today. I will always have the memory of the Kokoda track and am so lucky to have experienced it with my friends. I will cherish it forever.

Lest we forget.
— Stacey

Hi Mick,

Thank you for an amazing trek. I cannot believe how both physically and mentally exhausted I have been all week!!!! It took a few days to kick in, but once it did it hit with advengance....

The porters are amazing and mudman should be congratulated on picking great people. The boys loved it and if in the future any of our younger boys are interested in going, you will be the first one I contact.

Thank you once again, Tammy.
— Tammy Duff

Hey Mick and Team,

The experience that the Geelong Grammar School students had with Australian Kokoda Tours was life-changing. Not only was the training and planning straight forward but well organised too. His ability to get to know the individuals on a personal level helped ensure the group bonded for each session and most importantly the trek.

During the trek the level of information he provided the group help paint the powerful imagery of what the campaign was like in 1942. He was well structured along the trek, had the best sites to rest on and as the students always comment upon; the food was amazing.

During the trek, he had little surprises along and knew exactly what to do to lift the spirits of the group. He managed the group in a safe manner and importantly his staff, porters and cooks were welcoming, inspiring and a great support. For me, it was just the experience of the trek, or the information but the overall package that Mick provided that will ensure we continue with this tour for years to come.
— Craig Durran, Geelong Grammar School, Head of Highton House. July 2016.