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Journeys : Feb March 2010
The Kokoda Track has become part of the Australian psyche. Celebrities, politicians, sports stars and people from all walks of life have followed in the footsteps of our young heroes and have wept at the conclusion of their experience -- testament to the impact that the Kokoda Track and the Papuan people have on Australians. In World War II, brave young soldiers -- undertrained, poorly equipped, heavily outnumbered and battling ter rible conditions -- conducted a magnificent fighting withdrawal, routing Japanese forces to defend and save Australian territory. Most people who walk the track complete their jour ney at Kokoda Station, not knowing that the Australians fought for several more months to force the Japanese to the Northern Beaches of Buna, Sanananda and Gona, where our casualties were more than double than those on the track itself. The Northern beachhead has much to offer the traveller in the way of colourful cultural dances, beautiful coconut-fringed beaches and remnants of the bitter fighting that led this area to be known as ‘Bloody Buna’. This is the only tour enco entire campaign. Starting fr take a small boat to Sanan following a spectacular traditional welcoming dance and feast, we over night in a traditional long-house. The friendly smiles of local children and a welcome by the head chief await us at Buna. There's more dancing and feasting before we embark on the Kokoda Track, some 96 kilometres long, traversing the Owen Stanley and Maguli Ranges. Many people undertaking this rigorous trek do so initially as a personal challenge. What unfolds however is a humbling appreciation not only of the efforts of our Diggers but also the beauty of PNG, the RACT Travelworld offers an exclusive tour departure with your own escort from Tasmania. Join Harvey Lennon, RACT’s Chief Operating Officer, on this iconic trek. The tour will depart in early October 2010 – to find out more, please join us at a film evening on Wednesday 3 March. Getaway Trekking expert Sue Fitcher will deliver a presentation about her experiences on the Kokoda Track. Great specials are available on the night for the purchase of all your trekking equipment requirements. To view the complete itinerary, go to www.ract.com.au/travel RSVP to your travel consultant today on 1300 368 111 – space is limited! Kokoda and the Northern Beachheads villages along the Kokoda Track and the gentleness and welcome of the local people. Our guides present you with a chronology of the battles, point out significant sites and introduce you to the last remaining Fuzzy Wu zzy Angels. This is our backyard -- our experience and knowledge of the track and its history is unsurpassed. Our relationship with the local people over 13 years of trekking will enhance your jour ney and make this tour the experience of your lifetime. 65 February / March 10
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