Kokoda Tribute

Testimonials

We have received some great feedback from our fellow trekkers. We're proud to share it with you here.

 

"When researching for our Kokoda trek, we decided it was important that we have a small personal group; get the maximum trip inclusions for the price; and have an Australian leader who knew the history of the Kokoda campaign. Kokoda Tribute ticked all our boxes and having a Melbourne-based trek leader to assist our training was an added bonus.

What we couldn't appreciate until we were in PNG was the extent of Marty's passion for and knowledge of the Kokoda war history; and the extent to which Kokoda Tribute contribute to the local villagers."



Ross Lamont - Oct 2010 trek.

 

 

"There is no denying you need to have trained hard before you get to Kokoda. Marty, our tour leader, made sure we were ready and the 6 months leading into the trip were a part of what was a great journey. The organization of every detail was so amazing you felt like you were in good hands at all times and at the same time it was a relaxed atmosphere like a “Holiday” should be.

Apart from the fact that this trek tests you physically and mentally, all my memories are of the great company and many special moments; Our porters amazing ability to be there every time the track became difficult to make sure we came through unscathed, waking up to “Dubai Numina” at 5am, the many side trips off the track to special sites, the amazing amount of Kokoda history Marty was able to impart, a dinner of freshly caught trout, custard and jelly beans, the porters playing the ukulele and singing in harmonies around the camp fire, the dawn service at Isurava, the dinner supplied by the villagers of Abuari, the views, the river crossings and the gentle traverses out of each crossing!!, the Bomana War Cemetery and without a doubt the great sense of achievement and a deeper understanding of what our soldiers faced and sacrificed for us and the memories of a fantastic trip that can be shared with our trek mates forever."



Damian Bibby - July 2010 trek.

 

 

 

As a group we discussed the idea of going to Kokoda as a thought to improve our fitness as well as a chance to understand a little bit more about the track; little did we know how humble those initial goals were.  We started training with Marty in January all knowing we had a long way to go to get on the plane in July.  Right from day one Marty impressed us with his knowledge of the preparation required and also some insights into some of the history of the track.  Over the coming months we toiled up the Glasgow track as well as some other great locations most of us never knew existed.  The training was tough but rewarding and we all had a sense of achievement that we earned a seat on the plane.

 

That being said with all the training and research nothing could prepare us for the experience once we were on the track.  The stories we heard every day about some of the soldiers of the 39th as well as seeing the terrain they fought in created the closest thing to a living history any of us have experienced.  My lasting memory will be standing at the memorial at Isurava during our dawn service, this was one of the most moving moments of my life.

 

For anyone thinking of going to Kokoda I could not recommend Kokoda Tribute more highly.  Marty’s mix of history, humour and encouragement kept us all in great spirits, and his care not just for us but also for our team of carriers ensured well all enjoyed ourselves.  PNG is a special place and the track itself holds a great piece of Australian wartime history; one that should be shared widely.

Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice. 

 

Paul Barry - July 2017