Monday, April 16th, 2012
ANZAC Day is the time of year where we honour the Australian diggers for serving our country. Every town across Australia will hold a dawn service, followed by a parade. Most will finish off the day by playing Two Up at the pub.

While these scenes play out at home, thousands of adventure seeking Australians travel to important military sites to honour the diggers at their place of battle.

Gallipolli in Turkey is without a doubt the most popular Anzac Day travel destination, closely followed by those wanting to tackle the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.

The Kokoda Trail, also called the Kokoda Track is a gruelling 10 day jungle trek crossing the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea's Central Province. During World War II, thousands of brave Australian soldiers fought here against Japanese troops. Over 5000 trekkers, most of them Australian, come to Papua New Guinea each year to follow in the foot steps of these brave soldiers and to experience their own adventure. However, ANZAC Day is without a doubt the busiest time of year.

Most ANZAC Day treks will depart around 18th April at Ower’s Corner, holding a dawn service at Isurava Memorial on the morning of the 25th of April and finishing in Kokoda on 26th April. For those on tight schedules or not physically fit enough, some tour operators offer the opportunity to attend the memorial service without having to complete the entire gruelling track. These groups trek only one day from Kokoda to Isurava and then return the same day.

ANZAC Day treks are typically booked out at least 6 months in advance even though most of the bigger tour operators would run 2-3 groups during this time. Many smaller operators also guide private tours to commemorate ANZAC Day at Isurava.

Adam Nicholson, who reviews Kokoda Tour operators and shares his personal experience of walking the Kokoda Track on his blog says tour operators are advising to book now for ANZAC Day treks in 2013. “Not only do you ensure that you have a spot, it also gives you plenty of time to start training and preparing. Plus many tour operators let you lock in prices for 2013 at today’s rates.”

For more information on walking the Kokda Track, including photos and personal experiences visit

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Kokoda Trekking Reviews is a website dedicated to sharing the experience of walking the Kokoda Track. The website shares the experience of the gruelling jungle hike, as well as photos and tips for preparation and training. Lastly, it reviews tour operators to help you make the best decision for your holiday.
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