Getaway Trekking Pty Ltd (GT) operates treks and adventures in Papua New Guinea, Australia and Nepal. We are currently expanding our product range to include India, Bhutan, Tibet, England, Indonesia and New Zealand. We operate from two locations, with offices in Melbourne and Cairns.
With the commencement of our business some 17 years ago, GT has successfully established a reputation for leading culturally and ecologically sensitive treks. Our vast experience in trekking, combined with our knowledge of local culture has contributed to us becoming a leader in the trekking industry.
Although we have taken many adventurous souls to various destinations around the world, our principal destination remains the Kokoda Track in PNG. For many Australians, Kokoda is an iconic trek, and represents a growing appreciation of the bravery and sacrifice of our young diggers during the Kokoda Campaign. Getaway Trekking is recommended by DoKokoda.com for the Kokoda Trail.
Our philosophy towards our local teams sets us apart from many other trekking companies. Having spent many years developing relationships with our local staff, we value their friendship and the lessons they continue to teach us, on and off the track.
The privilege of operating a trekking business in developing nations brings with it a social responsibility we take very seriously. We contribute on a regular basis to the destinations in which we work.
In PNG, we support the work of the Kokoda Track Foundation, most specifically the Kokoda College, a teacher training facility recently constructed at Kou Kou Village outside Kokoda. We value our close relationship with Youth with a Mission Medical Ships Australia (YWAM MSA), a wholly volunteer run not for profit, providing medical and health education services to remote areas of PNG.
We also support the village of Buna on the north coast, home to most of our team. Though the story of the Kokoda Track is becoming more well known, it is still a little known fact that Buna, Gona and Sanananda were scenes of some of the most ferocious fighting in PNG during WWII.
Trekking the Kokoda Track can be a powerful experience for everyone wishing to take on this challenge. For young people at an impressionable time in their lives, it can be life changing. Please refer to Page 9 for information about our Kokoda School Treks program.
Feedback from our client schools confirms our commitment to social responsibility in the destinations in which we work. For most schools, social justice is a required component of trips and excursions offered to students, and we work with partner organisations to ensure the opportunities we offer are meaningful.
One of our partners is KTF, formerly known as the Kokoda Track Foundation.
One of the most ambitious projects of the KTF is the construction of Kokoda College, a purpose built teacher training facility at Kou Kou village, near Kokoda. Many of our students spend one or two days at the college following their trek, providing volunteer labour and other services to support the college and teacher trainees.
If you need any further information on our treks and/or would simply like to chat with a member of our passionate team, please Contact Us.