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Join the exhilarating Kokoda adventure with CQ Rescue! Trek through history, forge lifelong bonds, and support life-saving missions. Are you ready to be part of something extraordinary?

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16th - 27th September 2025

Travel Dates

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$390 $240

Registration Fee

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$5,950

Trip Cost

Paid upfront or in instalments

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5/5

Challenge Grade

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$3,500

Fundraising Target

Early bird offer: sign up before 30th September 2024 and save $150 on your registration fee!

The Difference You'll Make

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Join CQ Rescue on an unforgettable journey along the historic Kokoda Trail in September 2025 and become part of a remarkable cause that saves lives every day. As a supporter, you'll embark on an adventure that pushes you physically and mentally, forging bonds with fellow trekkers while raising vital funds for our life-saving missions. 

Funds raised will contribute to ensuring that our rescue helicopters remain operational and ready to respond swiftly to emergencies across Central and North Queensland. The support assists us to cover the costs of flying at $11,900 an hour and assist in financing and operating the acquisition of two new AW139 helicopters for our community-funded rescue service. Every dollar raised helps to keep our helicopters flying and allows us to continue to save lives.

Join CQ Rescue on this transformative adventure and be a beacon of hope for countless individuals in their time of greatest need. Together, we can make a difference—one step, one donation, one life saved at a time.

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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Note: This adventure is delivered by a licensed operator, Peak Learning Adventures. 

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby

Upon arrival in Port Moresby, make your way to the motel. There will be a representative in the arrivals hall who will show you to the shutte bus. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and meet the guides and rest of the team.



Day 2, Wednesday, 17th September 2025: Preparation Day

In the morning, there will be a pre-trek briefing including an overview of the Kokoda campaign. This is followed by a demonstration of how to pack efficiently as well as a final gear check. There will be time to prepare ourselves for the days ahead, and then have the option of spending a relaxing afternoon sitting on the deck, or alternatively we have a swim in the beautiful Crystal Rapids.

Accommodation: Kokoda Trail Motel

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Thursday, 18th September 2025: Owers Corner to Iriobaiwa Ridge

We have an early morning start, leaving the Hotel at 7.30 am for our drive to Owers Corner, the start point of the Track. We begin one of the world’s toughest treks by dropping down from the memorial arches at Owers Corner into the Goldie River some 40-minutes walk. After fording the river and passing Dump 66 we begin the climb to Imita Ridge. This is when our training and preparation will be tested as there are no shortcuts to the top. After descending Imita Ridge we follow the Ua’ula Creek system for a couple of hours before a climb half-way up Iriobaiwa Ridge to our campsite. The sunsets from this campsite are extraordinary.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 14.8km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Friday, 19th September 2025: Iriobaiwa Ridge to Nauro

We climb onto the top of Iriobaiwa ridge where we quickly come across the remnant gun pits of the furthest forward positions of the Japanese advance. From the upper slopes of the ridge we can see the coastline and pause to reflect on how tempting it must have been for the Japanese to make a dash to Port Moresby. But they obeyed the orders they received here and retreated. We have lunch at Ofi Creek before tackling the biggest challenge of the southern section of track, Maguli Ridge, rising to 1,338m. Our overnight stop is at the village of Nauro.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 11.8km

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Saturday, 20th September 2025: Nauro to Menari 

We continue to descend to the ‘swamp’, a long walk through muddy and marshy terrain. This area was indefensible during the war so soldiers from both sides moved through here as quickly as possible. We will ford the Brown River and then make our way to the base of ‘the wall’, a tough climb of 400 vertical metres to Menari Gap. The grassy clearing at the top is a relief to the eyes. We are treated to great views of our track to Menari and Brigade Hill. A short descent takes us into the picturesque village of Menari. This was the location of the famous oration by LtCol Ralph Honner, the CO of the 39th Bn where he commended his men on their bravery at Isurava.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 9.7km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Sunday, 21st September 2025: Menari to Efogi Village

We commence our walk with a brief stop at the Menari Primary School next to the airstrip. We descend into the valley, cross a major stream and then climb solidly for over two hours onto Brigade Hill where we stop for lunch. Brigade Hill was the site of one of the major battles of the Kokoda campaign. The Japanese 42nd Regiment outsmarted the Australians in an audacious flanking manoeuvre. This threatened to overrun the Brigade Headquarters located to the rear of the three Infantry battalions. After paying our respects to the 99 fallen diggers, we trek on to Efogi Village, a wonderful overnight spot shaded by citrus trees, and a feast from our pre- arranged food drop and local fruit.

Trekking distance: 9.1km

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Monday, 22nd September 2025:Efogi Village to Bombers Camp

Today’s trekking takes us through the grassy Naduri village, the highest on the Kokoda Track. After lunch, we trek past vegetable gardens and take ins weeping views of the Efogi valley and Kagi village before we move back into the canopy and trek through a striking pristine forest of ferns, huge split pandanas and rare orchids. We enjoy a short side trip to the smaller of the two flat Myola grasslands where in WW2 the ‘biscuit bombers’ dropped some of their loads. We camp in a forest glade near a crashed Mitchell bomber, a beautiful and serene campsite next to a refreshing mountain stream. A special evening activity gives us a memorable experience of what it must have been like for the soldiers to be out here.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 11.9km

Meals: B L D

Day 8, Tuesday, 23rd September 2025: Bombers Camp to Eora Creek

We head out from Bombers Camp for a side trip to the larger Myola 2 Lake. This extinct volcano was used as a makeshift airstrip, logistics dump and medical evacuation point. We then trek to Tin Shed and climb gently to the stunning forest clearing at Kokoda Gap, the high point of the track at 2,250m above sea level. We descend to Dump No 1 (also known as Templeton’s 1) for lunch. After lunch we trek to Templeton’s Crossing, then climb up a steep ridge before descending steadily past many Australian weapon pits to Eora Creek. Our campsite is located next to the thundering Eora Creek. This area has a fascinating wartime history with the first and second battles of Eora Creek. In the first battle, the Australians fought a rear-guard action during the withdrawal from Isurava. The second battle saw the Japanese resist the Australian advance for more than a week in late October 1942.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 18.2km

Meals: B L D

Day 9, Wednesday, 24th September 2025: Eora Creek to Isurava Battlefield

The section we trek today is the location of four major battles between the Japanese and Australians, so we take time out to explore the terrain and the history. We visit the site of the Japanese gun position perched high above Eora Creek. Immediately we can see why it took the advancing Australians one week to take the position. We then traverse through Alola Village (with possibly the best passionfruit in the world), and on to Isurava Battlefield. Having walked the majority of the Kokoda Track, our respect for the efforts of the soldiers is much magnified by the time we get to the beautiful and atmospheric Isurava Battlefield. This was the scene of Private Bruce Kingsbury’s brave actions in 1942, for which he was awarded a Victoria Cross.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 8.9km

Meals: B L D

Day 10, Thursday, 25th September 2025: Isurava Battlefield to Kokoda Station

We commemorate the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of those who fought and died on the Kokoda Track with a dawn service at the Kokoda Track Memorial at Isurava Battlefield. After breakfast we begin the last day, walking down through abandoned village gardens slowly reverting to jungle and overrun by choko vines. We have lunch at the picturesque village of Hoi (often full of flowers and fluttering butterflies) before walking on the wide flat track through cocoa, palm oil and rubber plantations to the large village of Kokoda. This marks the end of one of the world’s toughest treks. We will have climbed and descended over 6,500 metres. A terrific effort! A celebratory cool drink, pizzas and shower might be in order as we spend our last night at the track’s end.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 16.3km

Meals: B L D

Day 11, Friday, 26th September 2025: Fly to Port Moresby

Our charter plane flies out of Kokoda at about mid-morning (as the weather and lifting cloud permit) and takes about 30 minutes to re-cross the Owen Stanley Ranges that has cost us all sweat and effort. It’s a great experience to spot the ridges and valleys of the Kokoda campaign and our own adventures on the track. Back in Port Moresby we pay a visit to Bomana War Cemetery where many of the Kokoda diggers are buried. After paying our last respects we transfer back to the tranquillity of Kokoda Trail Motel in good time for a shower and lunch. In the afternoon you may wish to spend some time relaxing, in the garden enjoying a cool drink or adding finishing touches to your diary before our celebration dinner.

Accommodation: Kokoda Trail Motel

Meals: B L D

Day 12: Depart Port Moresby

Transfer to the airport and depart Port Moresby to head home. When booking your return flight, avoid the early morning flight out of Port Moresby and aim for the early afternoon departure. The motel is located in the Hinterland and is a 45- minute drive to the airport and an early morning departure may require a 4 am wake-up plus the cost of a security escort (this is standard policy when driving at night with most hotels in PNG).

Meals: B



Package Inclusions: Transfers as per itinerary and private domestic charter flights • Accommodation in motels based on twin-share and camping • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Professional, experienced Australian leader and an assistant guide, local crew including a PNG guide and cook • Personal porter (1:1) and group porters • Individual tent with mosquito net, a foam insulating mat, inflatable Thermarest sleeping mat, sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner • 2 x polo trek shirts (rapid wicking fabric) • Water purification system i.e. tablets and hand pump water filter • Large 75L backpack and waterproof liner • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Package Exclusions: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities • Medical evacuation costs

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Walk in the footsteps of heroes on this iconic World War II trail, immersing yourself in rich history and profound legacy.
  • Experience breathtaking landscapes, from lush jungles to rugged mountains, offering stunning views and a unique adventure.
  • Raise vital funds for CQ Rescue, directly supporting emergency missions and saving lives in your community.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 5/5. The Kokoda Track is a very physically demanding challenge, involving trekking 97 kms as the crow flies, through dense jungle over 8 days. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy the experience. 

You'll be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You’re free to move at your own pace and we’ll take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we’ll connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You'll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

CQ Rescue has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $48 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and CQ Rescue, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

How do I train for this adventure? 

Training for the Kokoda Track should not be taken lightly. We have prepared a special training guide specifically for Kokoda adventures with detailed suggestions. Our best training advice is the same for all adventures: start early, increase gradually and be consistent. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 7+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in a 3-star motel in Port Moresby. While camping, you'll have a twin size tent for individual use.

The hotel will have western amenities with water and flushing toilets. While trekking, toilets are primarily basic squat-style or in the bush. When using these toilets, toilet paper should be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag to be disposed of later. You should bring hand sanitiser and your own toilet roll. 

Bathing will typically mean a cold shower or a wash in the river near the village.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share in Port Moresby, and you'll have your own tent while trekking. You'll be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we’ll pair you together.

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You'll have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we’ll also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we’re looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you'll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for CQ Rescue are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is a $390 registration fee and a $5,950 trip cost (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for CQ Rescue.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you'll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Do I need a visa to travel to Papua New Guinea?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Papua New Guinea. 

Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Testimonials

“Thanks so much for supporting me to go on this once in a lifetime adventure. I appreciate everything you've done to help our community fundraisers feel valued, supported and heard throughout this experience.”

– Iris, Black Dog Institute Kokoda 2023

“It was an amazing experience and something that I will remember fondly for a long time.”

– Peter, Black Dog Institute Kokoda 2023

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