Information for Trekkers
If you are trekking the Kokoda Track we recommend you book with a Tour Operator that is licensed by the Kokoda Track Authority. If you are visiting or volunteering in the catchment area you should register with either the Kokoda Track Foundation or the KTA for up to date travel advice. Weather conditions and other events can occur rapidly causing significant impacts along the Kokoda Track and in the catchment area. The Kokoda Track Foundation can offer practical advice and suggestions.
Guidebook for Trekkers
Would you like to know more about the people of the Kokoda Track, the Track's history, or trekking information? University of Technology Sydney student, Amy Whenam, produced this guidebook for us that contains useful information about walking the Kokoda Track. The guide will provide information that will assist you, no matter what your motivation is, to prepare you for the Track. View the Guidebook for Trekkers here
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track
After years of painstaking research, and with the aid of the fast-thinning ranks of both Australian and Japanese veterans, Bill James has released a new book for those wishing to fully understand the history of the Kokoda Track and to undertake a trek. The 512 page book also includes a waterproof trek map. Bill is a wonderful supporter of the Foundation and is a Gold Corporate Partner. To order a copy of Bill's book visit this website: www.kokodapress.com.au
Guidelines for Educational Donations by Trekkers
A frequently asked question is what would be appropriate to take to children living along the Kokoda Track as a gift. It can be difficult to send gifts via post because of the remote locations of some of the villages and the expense involved (if indeed there is a postal service). The Kokoda Track Foundation recommends trekkers bring gifts with an educational focus for children living along the Track.
View the Guidelines for Educational Donations here
Guidelines for Drug and Medical Donations by Trekkers
Trekkers often feel it is a kind gesture to donate excess or spare medication to people along the Track. However, this is not always beneficial to the recipients and can be potentially dangerous. Medicines donated by trekkers to porters or villagers along the track should fit safe practice guidelines. The Kokoda Track Foundation has developed these guidelines which can be accessed here.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
The Australian government provides travel advisory information for all Australians planning a trip abroad. You should visit and register your details with their website whenever you are planning a trip to Papua New Guinea.
Click here access DFAT's website
Kokoda Track Authority
All trekkers must purchase a trek permit from the Kokoda Track Authority to walk the Kokoda Track. Make sure that the trek company you are trekking with has made arrangements to purchase these permits on your behalf. Trek permits for 2012 cost K300 for adults and K150 for students/children. The trek company you choose to trek with should also be a Licensed Tour Operator with the Kokoda Track Authority. Click here to see a list of licensed tour operators. Contact your trek operator or the Kokoda Track Authority for more information.
PNG Tourism has an internet resource for people planning to trek the Kokoda Track. They keep their website up to date with the latest travel information about Papua New Guinea and who knows - you may be inspired to see more of the country after your trek!