Hi I am planning on walking kokoda next year and am interested to find out whether there is any topographical maps of the track that i can investigate before i undertake my trip. I am about to finish my Gold DOE and that for me it the one thing i have been doing before untaking past trips. If not are there any guide books that can be recommended.
We recently completed the trek and we also tried to find topographical maps before leaving. We could not obtain them, even going to a specialist shop and asking. They tried to get maps for us but were unsuccessful so not sure how much luck you will have. One of the best books around is 'Field Guide to the Kokoda Track' by Bill James. Its available in most book stores. It has a map of the track in the the book which we lived by while on the track. It gave us distances, altitude and all the villages and creeks along the way. The book also has all the relevant info about each spot on the track with significance. It was invaluable. Donna
I'd recommend a video walking guide of the Kokoda track over a book since you get a more vivid representation of the terrain. Mainly since books tend to be limited in motion — you can really see things in action, and sometimes that makes all the difference.
Enjoy your trek and be sure to tell us how it went when you get back. =)
Regarding topographical charts; the T504 Series 1:250,000 topographical charts can be downloaded from the internet at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/new_guinea/ at no cost. You will require charts SC 55-3 Buna and SC55-7 Port Moresby. The charts are compiled from data sourced prior to 1966. I hope this helps. Can anyone help me? I am trying to get the waypoints for various locations along the Kokoda Track. The only ones available are of the old grid system and not in the degrees and minute format. Any help would be greatly appreciated.