Kokoda Now What?

In just over 15 weeks the first group of us will be boarding a plane for Port Moresby. Fitness, Fundraising, Gear and Paperwork now need to be brought into sharper focus.

To help that process along we are offering:

Meeting in Fennescey House, 33 Wakefield Street Adelaide.

Starting at 6pm on June 6th with Beer and Pizza (or gluten free alternatives).

Over two hours we will:

  • Update the itinerary and associated logistics
  • Check travel plans
  • Review payment schedules
  • Discuss training
  • Meet our communications contacts and be introduced to the website
  • Get hands on with gear
  • Produce a fundraising page if you wish
  • Volunteer for the many tasks required by the team on the Track
  • Engage with the history of the Kokoda campaign

It will be great if you can make – please let me know by return email bvictory@centacare.org.au if you are coming.


Team Member – Catherine Norman

Catherine Norman

Catherine Norman

There are times in life when a person just has to do what they have to do! Walking The Kokoda Track back to back is just one of those times.

Treking is in my blood. Every time I hit the track, I honour my late father, Barry Norman.

“Never give up”
“It’s character building”
“Carpe Diem” – (the family motto), rings in my ears when the going gets tough.

So, “Thanks Dad”.

It has become part of my personality to always want to look over the other side of a mountain and whilst walking The Kokoda Track in September 2010 I was reluctant for the experience to end. Track completed, a very strong desire to turn around and walk from where I’d come from hit me with a passion!!!!

So, when the opportunity came to walk both ways, I jumped at the chance.I am very proud to be one of an elite group of women to be fit, strong and determined enough to walk the track back to back (although some would say , “as mad as a box of frogs”).

That aside, most importantly is my driving force… To raise funds for Centacare’s Gift Of Time Appeal and support Auricht House to be able to offer respite care to families with intellectually disabled young people.

I consider myself to have been truly blessed in this life. So, thank you to the world.

Carpe Diem

If you wish to support Catherine’s fundraising efforts you can visit her sponsorship website at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/catherine_norman.

Profiles for Team Page

I am seeking brief profiles from all K12s to go on the ‘Team page’ – a bit about yourself, a bit about your trekking history and a bit about your motivation for doing Kokoda.

I have training photos for most of you but feel free to send a photo.



By now most should be up to a couple of training sessions a week. The Kokoda Spirit training guidelines may be a useful resource. Our draft Saturday walking program for the next few months looks like is located on the Events calendar. I encourage you to come to as many Saturdays as possible – not only for the fitness but also for the experience and rhythms of walking with a group. The Saturday walks also give you a rare access to good (if sometimes contradictory) advice about the Track.

I have also indicated walks that are particularly important as they will allow me to assess you fitness for Kokoda. I must see you on at least one of these walks. If you can’t do any of these I am happy to work with you on an alternative trial date.


Relax and enjoy?

Expect the unexpected in PNG. Keep an open mind; schedules/itinerary may and can change without notice, internal transfers may be late, planes may be late due to bad weather, please understand it is out of our control.

Schedules work to PNG time, not Australian time. Patience and a relaxed attitude are essential for an enjoyable trek. All internal flights are booked and confirmed through the Kokoda Spirit office.

What are the walking times and distances each day

  • Wake up time on the track is usually around 5.00 am
  • Breakfast on the track is usually served from 6.00 am
  • We usually start walking around 7.00 am
  • There is usually a 5-10 minute break every 30 mins or so along the track and a stop for morning tea and lunch.
  • The walking pace is a consistent but reasonably easy pace. This can vary depending on the terrain.
  • Each walking day will vary between 5 to 9 hours with 7 to 8 hours being the average. On average, arrival times in the camps and villages are around 2.30pm to 3.30p.m. 

What food do we eat on the Kokoda Track?

Below is a general outline of meals whilst on the trek.

  • The Trek Master and the team organise and cook all your meals. They also take care of the washing up. The porters are also well catered for with food on the Track.
  • Breakfasts we have cereals, usually Weet-Bix or porridge, rice cakes with spread and limited fruits depending on availability, tea, coffee, biscuits, sometimes pancakes and damper.
  • Lunches are often canned meats spam, beef and fish, fruit, cheeses, biscuits, spreads, rice crackers and snack bars.
  • Dinners are fresh local vegies, potatoes, rice and pastas with the cooks special PNG mixes rotated on alternative nights. Pre dinner snacks may be soup, popcorn, biscuits. Tea and coffee is available.
  • The meals are large, filling and very nourishing.
  • Food may vary due to season and/or availability.
  • We recommend you take your own scroggin/snacks e.g. lollies, muesli bars, energy bars, trail mix etc for extra supplements. 

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