Black Cat is a unique experience. It is raw and untouched consisting of a rough overland track that runs from the village of Salamaua on the coast to the township of Wau in the mountains of the Morobe Province in PNG.
Evidence of the ferocious fighting between Japanese and Australian soldiers is everywhere. The local villagers live as they have done for centuries.
The Track is extremely tough walking and certainly not as established as its more famous partner, the Kokoda Track. The Track runs from the village of Salamaua on the coast of the Huon Gulf, south into the mountains to the township of Wau. Following the Kokoda campaign the Japanese made a last ditch effort to capture the Allied Air Base in Wau, to secure a launch pad for offensive operations on Port Moresby. The Black Cat Track was the location for these operations. This Track represents an extremely significant part of our military history, as it was another startling and hard fought allied victory. This area of New Guinea is still in its trekking infancy, therefore, remnants of the war remain intact and undisturbed. The Track is covered in war relics including mortars, bombs, grenades, machine guns and many other pieces of ordnance. The local villages are basic, have experienced little influence from the outside world and therefore maintain traditional ways of life including hunting and gardening rituals. The main attractions of this trek are its isolation, war memorabilia, toughness and that it is relatively undisturbed. Best Travel Time: March – October Group Size: Minimum 10 Please contact Executive Excellence for more information on our Black Cat Track adventure programs.
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Brisbane to Port Moresby – This morning we fly from Brisbane to Port Moresby and head to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It is here we conduct a pre trek packing brief prior to a casual dinner and early night in preparation for the day ahead.
Port Moresby To Wau – After a mid-morning flight from Port Moresby to Wau we travel to our guest house accommodation. The afternoon is spent leisurely touring around Wau and it’s tropical surrounds.
Wau to Charlie’s Rest – After an early start we travel for approximately 90 minutes by vehicle to the start of the track. Today the group will get up close to a B17 Bomber that crashed during World War II and is still in amazing condition. We then trek for approximately 4 hours through Kunai grass and into the rainforest before setting up camp at Charlie’s Rest.
Charlie’s Rest to Skindiwai Village – Today the trekking gets more challenging as we walk along steep hill contours and notice radical changes to the terrain and rainforest canopy. Upon arrival in we are welcomed by the local villagers which consist of one extended family of approximately 35 people.
Skindiwai Village to Gaudagasul Village – Today is the most physically demanding day of the trek as we spend most of our time walking at an angle along the contours of the hills. It is important that we concentrate and take special care as the drops are quite sheer. There is an abundance of flora and interesting fauna along the track today and the scenery is beautiful. We arrive into our campsite of Gaudagasul mid afternoon and are welcomed by the villagers.
Gaudagasul Village to Komiatum Village via Mubo Village – Today we start with a steep trek down hill to the Betoie River which we will cross many times throughout the day. We stop at Mubo village which is scattered with WWII artefacts. After a relaxing lunch we continue along the Betoie River before making a steep ascent into Nui Camp. The group then walk for another few hours before arriving at our destination of Komiatum Village.
Komiatum to Salamaua – We start the day tackling Connolly’s Track up to the top of Charlie’s Hill—the site of an integrated offensive action by 42nd Battalion. On 29 Aug 1943 – Captain Hugh Glynn-Connolly established a forward Regimental Aid Post with the attacking Company (D) and operated under enemy fire and in the worst conditions with a complete disregard of his own safety. For his action Captain Hugh Glynn-Connolly was awarded the Military Cross (MC). We hike back down to the banks of the Francisco River where we jump on board individual bamboo rafts made by locals for a relaxing cruise down the river to Salamaua Beach.
Salamaua to Lae- After a leisurely start to the day and a stroll around Salamaua we board our luxury fishing vessel and spend the morning deep sea fishing. Upon arrival in Lae we visit the War Cemetery to pay our respects to those who fought in the Wau—Salamaua battles prior to returning to the Lae International Hotel for our celebration dinner.
Lae to Brisbane – After an early start we head to Lae Airport for our return flight to Brisbane via Port Moresby.