7-16 NOVEMBER, 2023

Black Dog Institute

In November 2023, Team Black Dog will be deep in the jungle, trekking to help create a mentally healthier world and support people living with mental illness.

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Fast Facts

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7-16 November 2023

10 day trip, 8 day challenge

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Fundraising Target


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Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels, comfortable camping and village hut stays




The Challenge

A 2021 study into mental health and wellbeing found more than one in five Australians aged 16 to 85 had experienced a mental health disorder in the past 12 months. Nearly half of us will experience it in our lifetime. Helping those people is behind everything the Black Dog Institute does.

When you take on the Black Dog Kokoda Track challenge in November 2023 you’ll be supporting them and their vision to create a mentally healthier world. People like you are the reason they can make a real difference to those living with mental illness.

But it won’t be easy. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 165 kilometres (historically 96km) of rocky mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and remote villages. You’ll challenge yourself as you trek for nine days, following the track through mountain streams, up rugged jungle trails and under a thick canopy, retracing the steps of the Anzac soldiers.

As you walk side by side with fellow supporters of the Black Dog Institute you’ll be helping Australians with mental illness.

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The Difference You'll Make

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The funds you raise will go towards ground-breaking research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness; the development of clinical treatments; provision of e-mental health tools; and the expansion of education programs. All help people better understand mental health and know how to seek help when they need it.

  • $50 can help fund a school and community mental health awareness presentation
  • $70 can support online tools and apps that help people manage symptoms of mental illness
  • $100 can help improve the positive psychology website BiteBack, which is designed for teenagers
  • $200 can help develop technologies to help identify young people most at risk

Pricing & Itinerary

Weekend Sale! Take $150 off when your register before 21 August.

Secure your place for only $240* (usually $390)!


Registration Fee


Travel package†

excludes airfares *non-refundable

Your travel package is paid in instalments. To register, pay just $240 upfront. For further details, see our FAQs.

Enter your details to receive the info pack, including the full itinerary, FAQs and more.

Includes: Flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta as per itinerary • All land transfers as per itinerary in private vehicles • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels (Port Moresby) and solo tents at comfortable campsites • Multi-share village huts • Professional trek leader • Local head guide and trekking crew • All camping gear (excluding sleeping bag), including tents, sleeping matts (individual) • Emergency equipment, VHF radios and satellite phone linked 24 hours to Port Moresby • All meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • All entrance fees and permits as per itinerary • Personal guide

Doesn’t include: International airfares (can be arranged at additional cost) • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visa • Vaccinations • Meals and drinks (excluding water) not mentioned in itinerary • Services, excursions or activities not mentioned in itinerary • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature • Tips and gratuities

Arrive Port Moresby

After making your own way to Papua New Guinea, you will be met on arrival at Port Moresby Airport and transferred to our accommodation. A team briefing is held this afternoon to discuss final preparations before your first welcome dinner as a team.

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Our Climate Commitment

When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in Western Australia. You'll be supporting Carbon Neutral as they replant native plant species to create a green corridor for native wildlife, assisting in the recovery of entire ecosystems. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, download the information pack by filling in the form.