Take on the Kokoda Track with PCYC Queensland in 2020 – applications now open!

We are excited to announce that applications for the PCYC Queensland’s Emerging Leaders Kokoda Track Experience for 2020 are now open! Don’t miss the experience of a lifetime!

Twelve lucky participants along with three mentors will take on the famous 97km Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, from 21 September to 1 October 2020 (during school holidays).

This life-changing opportunity is open to anyone who has completed a level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (or will have done so by June 2020), and who has a strong connection to PCYC Queensland and is committed to personal and community growth.

Applications for participants and mentors are now open. Apply now, as applications close at midnight on Friday, 31 January 2020!

This year we are also accepting video applications, so if you feel could better express yourself on screen – then upload a video for your application instead!

Apply to be a participant now!

Applications for two mentor positions are also open, we are seeking one police officer and one youth/community development worker. If this is you, apply to be a mentor now!

Good luck! We look forward to receiving your applications by 31 January 2020!

Key 2020 Dates

31 January                  Applications close

14 February                Successful applicants selected and notified

29 February                Orientation Day in Brisbane

6 – 9 July                    Training Camp (dates subject to change within school holidays)

21 Sept – 1 Oct          Kokoda Trek

Criteria for applications

Applicants must have the proven ability to commit to the completion of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award level (or already have completed a level by June 2020), and provide evidence of commitment to personal and community growth with a strong PCYC Queensland connection.

Successful applicants must also be prepared to:

  • Attend all key dates above
  • Be currently undertaking Silver or Gold at the time of the trek and commit to the completion of such
  • Commit to a daily fitness regime which will be provided and monitored
  • Obtain a passport, medical clearance and vaccinations as well as trek-appropriate attire and equipment
  • Commit to meaningful investment and engagement with their local PCYC Queensland club pre and post trip, relating to their peers and others
  • Research the Kokoda story and history of the track

If I’m successful, what is included?

The funded position includes the trek costs, travel insurance, training camp, and flights to and from Brisbane, if required.

Additional costs such as passports, medical checks, relevant vaccinations and trekking gear will be at the cost to the individual (should this be an obstacle please indicate this in your application, and we will look to support you via scholarship options if successful).

About the Kokoda Track

Known as one of the world’s most spectacular and challenging treks, the Kokoda Track is a 97km track across intense tropical terrain in Papua New Guinea famously known as the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.

The track was created by native villagers and is the main route of transport and communication through the mountains. During the trek, the climate will be hot and humid with the possibility of intensely cold evenings and torrential rain.


Walking the Kokoda Track is a serious challenge for anyone! It requires nine days of difficult hiking through steep, dense jungle. It requires careful preparation, discipline and teamwork.

If successful there will be a 3-month exercise training program issued to prepare for the physical challenge of the trek. Training can take any form but should include three hour-long sessions of aerobic activity per week, increasing in intensity in the lead-up to the September 2020 departure. Preparation will be supported by PCYC Queensland staff and issued at the orientation day.

For further information, please call the PCYC Queensland Youth Team on 3909 9501 or email [email protected].