Our image of the week is a group of trekkers taking on The Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea. It was taken by Alan Manning.
Here's five quick facts about the Kokoda Track:
- The Kokoda Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres overland (60 kilometres in a straight line) through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea.
- The track is the most famous in Papua New Guinea and is known for being the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.
- There has been much debate in Australia about whether it should be called the "Kokoda Trail" or the "Kokoda Track". The monument at Owers Corner uses both terms: "Track" on one side and "Trail" on the other.
- The track can be walked from either direction. Some say that from Kokoda to Owers Corner is easier, even though in that direction you actually have to climb an extra 550 metres in height.
- The track can take anything from 4 days to 12 days to complete, depending on fitness and rest time involved. Locals are renowned for being able to regularly complete it in three days. The best time to trek Kokoda is from April to September, during the dry season.
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