Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges
Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges is part of the Tentative list of Papua New Guinea in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges are known for their floral diversity and endemic birds. The mountainous area has high altitudinal and climatic variation. Koiari and Orokaiva people live in this area. Furthermore, the Kokoda Track was the site of a major World War II battle.
Map of Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley RangesLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
The Owen Stanley Range is stunning. From its peaks the views carry for miles upon miles in all directions.
Brigade Hill is a perfect example of this, with its views to the south showing the parellel East-West ridges.
The Kokoda Track varies in its grades. At times it providing accessible and scenic passage. A word of caution, as it can take you three to four metres vertically in in the space of 1.5m!
Between the mud, rubble and the superficial tree roots on 'The Wall' and the north side of Mt Bellamy Ridge ( descending into Templetons Crossing) demonstrate the sheer ascents and descents faced by troops and porters for both sides of the Kokoda Campaign.
Anyone with an interest in the history of the Pacific conflict, Australian History or hiking should consider the trek. Considered by some to be the world's most challenging path below the snowline, its a personal and physical challenge in some of the worlds most beautiful mountains.
2006 Added to Tentative List
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