Kokoda is nowhere near Rabaul but I wanted to post some photos this week taken by Guy, who with his family walked the trail last year. His stunning photos aren’t in chronological order but are posted to basically give you a sense of the place. I have taken information from a number of sources on the web but this one in particular is good for extra information about the history and how to do the trek. This site has a great map and is where the top map came from.
The narrow, jungle-enclosed 96 km Kokoda Track, that crosses the unforgiving Owen Stanley Range, is one of the world’s great trails and is extremely popular with Australian trekkers, many whose grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought along the rugged mountainous trail. The track starts at Owen's Corner in Central Province, 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby, and then crosses rugged and isolated terrain, which is only passable on foot, to the village of Kokoda in Oro Province. It reaches a height of 2,190 metres (7,185 ft) as it passes around the peak of Mount Bellamy. Despite the challenge posed it is a popular hike that takes between five and 12 days (depending on fitness). Locals have been known to hike the route in three days.
It was arguably
These were the darkest and most desperate days in Australian history.