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Kokoda Village Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 6 photos

Kokoda is generally known more for the track which links it to Owers Corner on the Port Moresby side of the Owen Stanley Ranges. For trekkers Kokoda is either the start or end of their walk. Planes frequently come in dropping trekkers starting out and picking up those who've completed the walk and are heading back to Port Moresby. The locals also make use of the air services to get to and from the big smoke.

Many trekkers making it into Kokoda almost immediately fly out. In our case we arrived before midday and flew out the next day, giving us a bit of a chance to get a 'taste' of the place. Not that there was a lot of place to be tasted.

But the village does have a reasonable sized hospital. That's also where you can get good drinking water when other supplies are short, as happened with us. The hospital is also the source of the key to the war museum, if the museum is closed.

Opposite the hospital is a liquor outlet, well beer at least. Don't think they had other types. It looks more like a storage shed with boxes of beer stacked up under a verandah. Not that I'm a drinker, but their beer was dearer than the main store (pictured above).

Onto things a little more reverent, there is also a Catholic church nearby. Has very nice gardens with a small religious grotto. The building is in the local style and, as typical of many churches in tropical areas, with open walls for maximum air circulation.

An unmarked building surrounded by a cyclone wire fence is the police station, so I was informed. I've heard of unmarked police cars, but unmarked police stations is new one for me.

The court house is interesting, with a painting over the doorway depicting a magistrate (or judge) standing between two people, one armed with firearm and the other with traditional weapons. The village must be very law abiding. Not only did the police station look abandoned, but the grass was high in front of the court house suggesting a long time since it was used.

The war museum was set up and funded by the Australian government. It's well maintained and gives a good view of Kokoda's place in the history of World War 2.

The main store, or Chinese store is at the bottom of the hill on the way to the airport. There's a mixture of anything/everything but not much available. The goods are mainly caged in with the shop counter.

Further past the main shop on the road to the airport are the markets, under a large roof. Most of the items sold are food, generally locally grown produce. Variety seemed low, main items being taro, banana (and plantain), passionfruit, rambutan, and of course buai (betelnut).

Finally the road makes its way down along the full length of the runway to the airport buildings, which are attractively set out and landscaped.

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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Classic! Pick up the keys yourself, for the museum :-)) I guess it's likely that aircraft is the one that crashed. What a tragedy for everyone concerned.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:13 AM

    G'day, Zig! Thanks for your page about that place.....

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Zig, Thanks again for your PNG postcard from Madang. Have posted it on my VT page to share with all. Cheers, SL :)

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2009 at 3:49 AM

    This is indeed one of those 'legendary' places! Not sure if you're adding more to this page, but please keep me posted on development of your trip pages, Zig.


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