Completing the Kokoda Track with my oldest daughter Erica (15) this September with Getaway Trekking was a fantastic experience. Organising the trek was effortless, with Getaway kept us informed every step of the way. It was the small details that made me comfortable with our choice of company for our great adventure. Getaway checking to see if Erica was confident enough to complete the 96 km walk, and arranging training walks in the Adelaide Hills.
Once in Papua New Guinea our confidence with Getaway increased. Our Australian guide (Julie) set the stage for a great walk with briefings each evening to let us know what to expect during the following days walk. She also provided a historical perspective, which allowed us to understand what happened at various points of interest along the track in 1942.
The boys were wonderful . . . they made every effort to make the Kokoda experience memorable. The boys looked out for us, assisting us both up and down the mountainous track. In camp, our tents were set up, meals cooked and served . . . nothing was too much to ask for. Erica and I can’t be more grateful.
I would thoroughly recommend Getaway Trekking to anyone who wants to experience the Kokoda Track.Dr Christopher Greet, Manager Metallurgy – Mineral Processing Research, Magotteaux Australia (Pty) Ltd
Having been back for a few days, and having the opportunity to reflect on our achievements of the past 10 or so days I can genuinely say I could never imagined actually doing the the trail let alone completing it. I still cannot believe what I have just done and am so grateful for the experience and am also equally grateful for being able to share it with my new 12 lifelong friends.
From the very outset of getting the show on the road with respect to gear purchasing, flight details and training and assessing the physical strengths of the group – you cared from the outset to ensure the whole experience was a enjoyable one for not only me but for the group.
You made what was at times a physically trying and emotional experience into an uplifting and enjoyable experience. Your intimate knowledge of Papuan customs and procedures only enhanced both mine and the groups experience. You kept repeating ” expect the unexpected” and I can now understand why. Nothing is what it seems in Papua New Guinea and our environment changed rapidly, whether it was the unpredictable weather patterns or falling a day or so behind due to the weather, you took it all in your stride and moved onto the plan b,c, and d.
Unlike alot of comparative trekking companies who take away groups of up to a 120, by you capping group sizes to 20 ( and in our case 13 ) really made our team a team. We were all in it together and having a group so personal in size made us all work and live together as one tuned unit.
Wayne, you made the group “click” with your easy going attitude and put everyone in the group at ease with the conditions, there at times physical state and were often the counselor for the emotional roller coaster we were all on. Your local knowledge on Wartime history relating to battles, artifacts was also great in enhancing the overall feel of the trip and just added to the already high level of respect for the fallen and the sacrifices made on the track.
Our trip was highlighted by the moving Dawn Service at Isurava on Anzac Day and was a great time to reflect on the sacrifices our forefathers made for our freedoms of today. Then of course we commenced our final 7 hours of walking to Kokoda to finish.
Having the opportunity to visit the village of Buna was also a highlight.
Being able to float in the warm waters of the Coral Sea and reflect on our achievements as a group was fantastic. This trip to Buna also gave us the opportunity to meet our Carriers families and friends. It was particularly evident as to the level of respect you have ( and now we have ) for the national carriers. What magnificent human beings they are, so caring and prepared to put their own safety second to that of ours. Always encouraging and caring to the very end. Absolutely fantastic !
Once again Wayne, thank you for making my Kokoda experience one that will be with me the rest of my life. i would have no hesitation in recommending Getaway Trekking for anyone or group considering embarking on the spiritual journey of the Kokoda Trail.
Kindest regards,Scotty Wendt,
Words can not really describe the time I had in PNG walking the Kokoda trail with you and all the team. I can not thank you enough for what was one of the most memorable weeks of my life. I am so proud to call myself an Australian and this experience is life changing for me. Thank you for the assistance in training and preparation so that I could actually enjoy the time walking.
Again thanks for everything and I will be recommending all that if you want to walk Kokoda see Getaway!
Warmest regards,Craig Schwerdt, General Manager / Sales & Marketing Stafford Group Pty Ltd
“What an experience”
Physically and mentally demanding, and equally as satisfying. A personal highlight for me was Kevin’s thorough knowledge of the war history and the significance of certain areas i.e. battle fields etc. That made the trek a living history lesson.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience (even the food and accommodation – but not the toilets).
We had a fantastic group, and the small size (16) allowed us to walk together as a group which helped create a great support base – for those times when it was needed (and there were plenty of those.) The size of the group also made it a lot easier to get to know each other and that helped pass the time, and added to the total experience.
Kevin’s patience, experience and strong leadership provided a level of comfort that is hard to find in remote, hostile environments.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience
Regards,Tony Kenna, National Client Service Director