Pre Trek Training
We help you devise a pre-trek training program to give you the best possible chance of successfully completing the journey. Physical preparation, mental preparation, equipment, nutrition, and medical guidance are all crucial areas that we focus on.
Culture & History
Kokoda’s Crossing’s PNG operations team is extremely well trained, professional and passionate. With their caring and guiding hand, not only will you be in awe of their abilities, but you will have a chance to learn about their history, culture and lifestyle in this incredible remote jungle wilderness.
Travis’ passion for the history of this campaign bridges generations, with both his Grandfather and Great Uncle having served in PNG during WWII. His handpicked team of expert Kokoda guides ensures that safety and preparation is of the highest possible standard.
We are one of the very few trekking companies to engage a dedicated doctor or paramedic on all our Australian-led tours. In addition, we have a security liaison team in Port Moresby that advise on any relevant security threats and can provide support should it be required throughout the journey.
KOKODA TRACK + BUNA BATTLEFIELDS TOURS
This is our signature expedition and is comprised of 3 days exploration around Buna and Sanananda followed by 8 days on the Kokoda Track. You also have the option of doing just the Kokoda Track as a standalone tour. For your safety and wellbeing, you’ll be accompanied by a dedicated trek paramedic as well as your expert Kokoda historical expert.
PNG LOCALLY GUIDED TOURS
For those that want to complete the challenge of the Kokoda Track for a cheaper price, we offer this opportunity as you are expertly led by our fantastic team of Kokoda-based porters. Although you won’t receive the same historical content that you would from an Australian guide, our porters are dedicated to safely escorting you over the Track and explaining where the main battles took place. You will still carry a satellite phone for emergencies and carry a basic first aid kit.
NON-TREKKING KOKODA & CULTURAL TOURS
For those unable to complete the arduous Kokoda Track at this time, but still wish to have an amazing PNG experience, this could be the tour for you. We explore the battlefields around Buna and Sanananda on the northern beaches of PNG which is where the Japanese initially landed and were finally defeated as part of the Kokoda Campaign. However, we also spend time immersed in traditional village life and learn about their local customs and ways of life. We visit Kokoda Station, and offer you the option of walking along the initial two hours of the famous Track, just before it commences it’s sharp ascent up into the mountains. Back in Port Morebsy, we visit the National Museum and Parliament House.
ABOUT KOKODA CROSSING
DIRECTOR — TRAVIS HOCART
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Travis has been leading treks over the Kokoda Track since 2011. An extensive career in risk management has seen Travis serve as both a Tactical Response Group operator in the WA Police and as an Air Marshal with the Australian Federal Police. With this background comes a professional and thorough approach to your preparation and training to ensure a safe and successful undertaking of this incredible journey.
Samantha Lishman – July 2019
“Incredible organisation and logistics coordination by Kokoda Crossing. Amazing support pre trek plus during the trek and all done with an incredible wealth of knowledge and sense of humour. If you’re considering taking on Kokoda track, then hit these guys up. Experienced, great medical support (not just a first aider), exceptional local knowledge with contacts and amazing history of WW2. I have never cried so much on a holiday and loved every minute. Life changing, inspirational... thank you Kokoda Crossing.”
Judith Bruechert – August 2019
“The Kokoda Trail with Travis from Kokoda Crossing I would highly recommend his services and team. Everything was planned (even training sessions prior to departure) with such precise detail and first hand expertise that safety on the trail was never a concern. Travis possesses a huge wealth of knowledge relating to the Kokoda Trail and its history, which he readily and passionately imparts every step of the way, thus ensuring an informative and emotionally charged journey along the Trail. If you are looking for a professional, knowledgeable and passionate guide to lead you on a truly exciting and memorable journey along The Kokoda Trail, then you cannot overlook Travis and his team at Kokoda Crossing.... 10/10.”
“Having previously served in the army myself and with a keen interest in Australian military history, trekking the Kokoda Track had been on my bucket list for years and I finally completed it with Trav and his team at Kokoda Crossing in October 2019. From the time I signed on, the admin, logistics and physical training support provided by Trav was excellent. It took any apprehension out of the individual planning and set a solid foundation for smooth sailing from start to finish. The hard work Trav has put in to making it the best experience possible really became apparent after arriving in country and starting trek. His hand picked porter team were outstanding throughout and were tireless in taking great care of us. The depth of knowledge passed on by Trav along the trek was well researched and it is obvious he is passionate about passing on the history of the Kokoda campaign and telling the stories of the men who suffered, fought and died throughout it. Overall it was an amazing experience and I cannot recommend Trav and his team at Kokoda Crossing highly enough.”
Andrew Doonar (PNG Resident) – August 2018
“Great porters, guides, food preparation, camp locations, track knowledge and the best customer service. Loved every bit of the track and hats off to the great team.”
Janice Brown – October 2018
“Highly recommend Travis & his team for this fantastic experience. Great knowledge, food, lifelong friends were made & loads of fun. A wonderful experience that I am going to remember forever. Would definitely do this again. Awesome!”
Kirsty Reilly – October 2018
“What an incredible experience I had the privilege of sharing with a group of sensational people in October 2018. Travis supported our group since the day we decided to do 'Kokoda'. In the lead up Travis took us on training treks, answered many a question, and continually encouraged the group if at any stage our confidence wavered heading into the unknown. The Kokoda Crossing team of porters were wonderful people whom helped all complete the track. They sang and laughed with us; and encouraged the team when needed. Travis, your knowledge of the Kokoda Campaign is outstanding. In particular hearing the words of our diggers via their diary entries and talking about the battles that occurred right where we were at the time ... it was such an incredibly emotional experience. I cannot fault Travis and his team on all that is required to organise and carry out such a trek. I will never forget this incredibly moving experience and our group will share a bond with Travis and his Kokoda Crossing team for the rest of our days.”
Jemma Harper – April 2017
“Trekking the Kokoda Track was the most challenging and rewarding adventure that I have undertaken. Travis’ knowledge of the Track is exceptional as he takes you on a journey through time as relates so many stories of the Australian troops in PNG. Travis provides the perfect balance between fun, safety, control, compassion and support. Anyone thinking of trekking the Kokoda Track – this is the guy to do it with. He is a true legend.”
Simon Hamilton — April 2017
“It was an unforgettable experience that is difficult not to recount. Anzac Day at Isurava was special, then again every day was. Seems like yesterday and yet so far away. While getting fit and mentally prepared was hard work it paid off which made the track all the more enjoyable and memorable. Your preparation and the team you had was 1st rate. ET, Bewsy and Marcus were fantastic. Coupled with a motivated group this goes down as one of the most worth while things I have done in my life. Absolutely loved it. So glad Dan (guitar man) presented me with the chance to come along. Passing another team along the way all dressed in long pants and looking rather sombre it was obvious we were doing things a little different. ”