This notice serves to inform you of the announcement by Prime Minister O'Neil on the Ban on Visa Arrival for Australian Citizens on Tuesday, 21st January 2014. Ban on Visa / Revised Migration Service Fees
Now available! Your views and comments are needed by Jan 17th 2014.

KTA embarks on a new program assisting guest house owners along the track to raise their standards of accommodation.

Trek Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track

Known as one of the world’s most spectacular and challenging treks, the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea, offers the experience of a lifetime. Wind your way along the track through rugged mountainous terrain and delve deep into the dark history of the area, whilst immersing yourself in the culture of the local communities.

The Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) is a Papua New Guinea Special Purpose Authority, commissioned to promote and manage the Kokoda Track for tourists, while improving the way of life for communities living along the track, through funding and development programmes.

If you are planning a trek along the majestic 96km of the Kokoda Track, be sure to explore our informative guides to Planning Your Walk, getting Trek PermitsResponsible Trekking and Training for the Trek.

Operating as a Tour Operator on the Kokoda Track? The Kokoda Track Authority has all the information you will need to become a Licensed Tour Operator, the latest news from the trekking industry and more. You can also keep in touch with fellow Tour Operators in the Kokoda area, with our Tour Operator’s Discussion Forum.


The Kokoda Track Authority was very saddened to hear about the recent incident on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province where a trekking group was attacked. The attack resulted in the deaths of three PNG nationals who were porters for the group. Other members of the group, including Australians, one New Zealander and a number of PNG nationals, sustained injuries during the attack.

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of those who were killed. This is a very sad and difficult time for them.

This incident has not affected trekking along the Kokoda Track. The Black Cat Track is approximately 200 kilometres north west of the Kokoda Track. Fortunately these types of crimes targeting trekking groups are not known to occur on the Kokoda Track. We work closely with the communities along the track to ensure that they gain social and economic benefits from the trekking industry. Kokoda communities value the trekking industry and are renowned for welcoming people onto their land.

Together with the Kokoda Track communities, we look forward to welcoming trekkers for the remainder of the 2013 Kokoda Trekking season and beyond. Trekkers are reminded to minimise risks to their health and safety by following their tour operators’ advice regarding preparation, and considering the Kokoda Track Authority’s Pre-Departure Information Guide.

[Thursday, 6th February, 2014]
Planning your Walk

Trekking on the Kokoda Track is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re trekking with friends or with a tour operator, there are many things to consider to ensure a journey that is memorable for all the right reasons.

The Kokoda Track Pre-Departure Information Guide is a comprehensive guide for your trekking experience.  Download a copy for yourself before you set off on your Kokoda Track adventure!

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