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The Kokoda Day trek experience

Green trees, red soil and clear crystal waters.

That is what you will see when you take the Kokoda Day Trip but a word of caution: Do not go on this trip unless you are physically and mentally prepared for it.

The drive from Vision City Mega Mall up to Owens Corner takes about one hour and 30 minutes. When you drive through the country side, the green trees, towering mountains and plunging cliffsides are a dare-to-experience thing. When you arrive at Owens Corner, you are greeted by the arching pillars and where 25-pound Artillery gun had been relocated to this site.

The machine gun used to be at Imita Ridge and was used to fire over the Australian position onto the Japanese position on Iorabaiwa.

After unloading from the bus, there is a short warm up before the trek begins. If the weather has been hot and the ground is firm, the way down will be jarring but not slippery as opposite to the trek if the weather is wet. Its a steep climb downhill filled with dips and curves. Once you go under the cover of the tress, it all down mountain side from there.

The descent down into the forest is actually going to be jarring for you if you hadnt done the necessary training and warming up.

There are three little flowing creeks you will pass that look utterly magical and clean. You can actually fill your water bottle if you are thirsty. There are towering trees all around with vines, bamboos, and the sound of flowing water is heard the further you go down the mountain.

One landmark to keep an eye out for is a stone formation that looks something like out of a movie. It will remind you off a cliffside cave similar to the one in the 2018 movie Alpha where the character Kepa spends a night.

Evidence of someone using the rock formation was seen with a firepit right under it where the ashes looked like recent fire was made and then put out. It is quick a marvel to behold. As you move on, they are dips in the trek and at one point, you will climb down holding onto tree roots and even the soil.

Once you reach Goldie River, it is a matter of crossing over and then climbing up to the other side. The water is icy cold but the sensation is welcoming for your aching limbs. The climb back up is long and tiring as it will take a lot out of you as its all uphill climbing up the Ridge. As you walk, you remember that you may be doing this for a day and for the experience but in the days on World War 2, this trek was the life of the Australian soldiers.

You’ll pass by at least more than five creeks on the way and then youll have reached Inita Ridge. Youll rest for a while before the walk back as it will be another long trek. Going back now will be completing a 13-kilometer trek.

In the end, when you climb back up to Ower`s Corner, it will be like seeing daylight for the first time as the arch greets you like an old friend. Most people like to complete their trek by going straight under the arch and yelling, “I did it!”

You will have a moment to sit and enjoy the view before the entire tour group packs up for a long drive back to the city.