The Bulldog Track was an important supply line and evacuation route for Australian military forces based at Wau in 1942. Even though there was an operational airfield at Wau, there was an acute shortage of transport aircraft in Papua at that time. Ammunition and food supplies were transported from Port Moresby to Kukipi by coastal vessel, then taken up the Lakekamu River by outboard canoes to Bulldog, an abandoned gold mining camp. From Bulldog, supplies were carried by native porters along a narrow foot track through jungle swamps, up rocky river gorges and over the steep mountain ridges to Winima village near Wau. Sick and wounded soldiers were carried back the other way to Bulldog for eventual evacuation to Port Moresby. Conditions on the Bulldog Track were just as difficult as on the more famous Kokoda Track some 200km to the south east.
Walking time for both the Bulldog Track and Kokoda Track is roughly the same at 7 days. However one main difference between the two tracks is that only the Kokoda Track is said to have almost the same degree of walking difficulty in either direction. The Kokoda Track has roughly the same number of climbs and descents whether you walk north to south or south to north. On the other hand the Bulldog Track is definitely easier to trek from northeast to southwest (ie from Winima down to Bulldog) because it is a net descent from 2000 metres at Winima down to 80 metres at Bulldog. Whichever way you walk, the Bulldog Track is just as scenic as the Kokoda Track - more so, perhaps, because you can see all the way to the coast a lot of the time - and features a more varied and visible range of plants, birds and small mammals like bandicoots. Interactions with local village people are also more candid along this route as there are few visitors traversing the Bulldog Track and the people are not numbed by tourism. Along the Bulldog Track villagers still stop, stare and greet occasional visitors with amazement whereas locals along the Kokoda Track no longer bat an eyelid at groups of up to 100 people hiking past their window.
Twin share, prices are valid for 2012 treks.
Trek dates - none set. Grab a group and let us know when you want to go. The dry season is the 'easier' time of year, when it is less hot and (perhaps) less rainy.
Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2012 and are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A 20% deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full. Prices quoted from Port Moresby are 'from' and are based on the best available on any particular day.