Articles posted on Mar 15, 2012
Interest in the trekking Kokoda during the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign in 2012 is growing. As a result there is much interest about ‘lost’ battlefields along the Kokoda Trail.
Whilst the Kokoda Trail has been a neglected shrine since the end of the war in 1945 none of the battlefields have ever been ‘lost’. Some had been reclaimed by the jungle and others had been bypassed with the relocation of wartime villages to their current locations.
Official Royal Australian Army Survey Corps maps published in 1978 identify the wartime routes of the Kokoda Trail and the wartime village locations. The battlesites of Brigade Hill and Isurava were confirmed using GPS devices and cross-checking the data with the official Royal Australian Army Survey Corps Maps.
There has been much ...
Seventy years after the war in the Pacific the Kokoda Trail has become a gateway for a wartime tourism industry in Papua New Guinea.
Over the past decade 30,000 Australians from all walks of life have taken up the challenge of trekking across the arduous trail that connects remote mountain villages between the north and south coast of the island nation. Their reasons for trekking are varied. Most have an interest in the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign, some want to experience the rawness of village cultures and the pristine jungle environment while others do it simply ‘because it’s there’!
Whatever the reason the journey dispels many of the myths of travel to Papua New Guinea and opens eyes to opportunities for adventure travel within the land of a thousand cultures. Over ...