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“A big thanks to Billy, Olly and the Adventurebound team. We have had an amazing time in Vantatu. The trek was a genuine cultural experience and we loved the interaction with the porters and people we met along the way. We weren't expecting to be welcomed like royalty in many of the villages and were humbled by the kindest of the people. It was fantastic to eat the traditional local foods. Every day of this journey was different as we moved around the islands. We highly recommend this company and this trek for those who want to get out there and experience the real thing while being guided by professionals.

“First trek with Adventure Bound was an amazing experience. I travelled with my teenage daughter and older sister and we had the best time ever. Thank you to Billy and Olly for their professional attitude in providing a tour to accommodate for varied fitness levels and age groups.... These guys have a great team in Vanuatu to support the Trekkers. A great feeling to be able to support the locals on the outer islands of Vanuatu and enjoy a truly genuine cultural experience

“We are very excited to add The Vanuatu Adventure to our trekking options. We think this adventure to the outer islands of Vanuatu will provide a unique experience for people looking for a different type of trek! Vanuatu is a tropical paradise which provides for not only a relaxed island holiday but an absolute adventure experience!

Olly & Billy Fowler - 2015 is the first time the Vanuatu Manvoi Adventure is being run. Book today to be a part of our inaugural tour.

“I'm a "glamper". I like my comforts and I particularly like my morning coffee....this was a trip way outside my comfort zone!! But the world is so large, and I've experienced such a small part of it that I felt I needed to push myself out of this zone. This trek was remote and intense AND one of the foremost experiences of my life. The experience of walking and paddling in an area COMPLETELY unspoiled by any tourists, was incredible. The food (lobster, parrot fish, mudcrabs, landcrabs, clams, sweet potato, some rice all caught and cooked by our porters or in the villages) was fantastic (we may have been hungry because of the hiking and paddling - but this is how food should be enjoyed). The porters and villagers were friendly and welcoming - I don't think they have seen many, if any, tourists. But the best part was getting to know my fellow hikers and having Olly and Belinda with us. They live and breath these treks and their experience and joy at our enjoyment, made this trip special - better than special...unique!!

Dr Frank Condon

“We are “Adventurers” not just tourists! This is how we felt during our amazing 10 day Vanuatu Trek. Olly and Billy took us far off the beaten track away from the tourists and we got to experience the “real” Vanuatu. It was incredibly rewarding setting up our tents at the end of each day knowing we had hiked or paddled our way to the secluded locations, and then were treated with fantastic sunsets as we enjoyed fresh produce from the ocean and village gardens. We did not go hungry! We did so much in the 10 days, it felt like we were away for weeks: jungle hiking, coastal walking, canoeing, fishing, snorkelling beautiful reefs, dolphin and dugong spotting, meeting the friendly local people, enjoying local string bands, dining on delicious local food and finally climbing to Marum Volcano and seeing the lava lake – a truly awesome end to the most wonderful holiday we have ever had! Thank you Olly and Billy for inspiring us to live life outside our comfort zone and thank you to our fellow trekkers for the fun times had.

Ing Nisbet….yearning for more adventures with Adventure Bound Tours!

Ingrid Nisbet

“First trek with Adventure Bound was an amazing experience. I travelled with my teenage daughter and older sister and we had the best time ever. Thank you to Billy and Oly for their professional attitude in providing a tour to accommodate for varied fitness levels and age groups.... These guys have a great team in Vanuatu to support the Trekkers. A great feeling to be able to support the locals on the outer islands of Vanuatu and enjoy a truly genuine cultural experience

Katrina Wesser-Corrie

“I have previously trekked with Adventure Bound on the Kokoda trek so I took on the Vanuatu Trek already confident in their ability to organise a trek that was safe and offered a cultural experience as well as a physical challenge.
This time however I took my 8 year old son. I was not prepared to see how well he embraced the journey and how easily the local people took him under their wing. They showed him more of their culture than I ever imagined possible. He swam with the children, hunted for fish and crabs and was welcomed in to their homes like family. The most amazing thing to see and hear was them all laughing and playing despite the language barriers.
There were of course times when he was tired along with the rest of us and Olly or Belinda were there to encourage him and walk with him to the next stop.
I would encourage anyone to take on this adventure, it will physically challenge you as well as adjust your mind set when you experience the simple ways the local people live and how happy they are in their lifestyle.

Of course you will see the untamed beauty of Vanuatu at its finest and most beautiful. You will also experience the rugged beauty of the Marum volcano. But you will forge life long friendships and a bond to the people of Vanuatu that you will not experience on any other adventure.

THANKYOU Belinda and Olly for your expert knowledge of the islands and people. For your ability to organise us all, feed us, ensure our safety and give us a life time of wonderful memories.

Melanie McAllum

“The initial support, logistics and answering of all my stupid questions was handled extremely well by Belinda (Owner/Operator and admin. guru for Adventure Bound Tours). We stayed in and staged out of Cairns, which was a blessing after seeing Moresby, and were trekking on the first day on arriving in PNG. It was a short “cultural and physical intro” day. Am I ready for this? Can I handle 9 more days of this? Well the truth is without the calm, professional encouragement and obvious experience of Olly (Owner/Operator and Head Guide for Adventure Bound Tours), it would have been a struggle for all of us. The blisters, stiff joints and tied muscles soon faded to insignificance with Olly’s passionate stories and intimate military knowledge of the Diggers that came before us. What an honour to walk in their footsteps. A trip of blood, sweat and tears (well mainly sweat) testing and fulfilling.
My Tips:
Porter? 100% yes!
Tested hiking shoes? A must!
3B cream and spare knee brace? Well worth the 100g.
Adventure Bound Tours? Shit yeah, without a doubt!!
Thank you Olly and Billy for the Awesome experience, I’ll be back in 10yrs with my 2 boys.

Craig Smith, June 2017

“I was privileged to be invited to join a group, mainly comprised of the family of my daughter's partner , to "do" the Kokoda Track. Ollie and Billy, of Adventure Bound Tours, had the arrangements under control from start to finish. Our group consisted of eleven trekkers.
On the track, Ollie was confident and capable without being "gung-ho" ; his military background brought an extra dimension to explanations about the military history of Kokoda. It seemed that he had a great rapport with his team of porters, and with the local people. He gave us regular and clear briefings about what to expect each day. He also had an understanding of and respect for the social and cultural issues of significance to the porters and the other local villagers.
Our porters were a great bunch : attentively helping with set up of tents ; helping on the track with those like me who needed a bit of a hand with some of the more difficult terrain and river crossings; carrying all the food and cooking great meals on open fires ( including scones and cakes !! ) ; entertaining us with beautiful singing most nights in four-part harmonies ; the list of their achievements could drag on....
With respect to the food, I was particularly surprised and impressed at the culinary accomplishments of the chefs, having previously spoken to ex-trekkers who had given me very negative feedback about what I might have expected.
A particular highlight of the overall trip was the cultural experience on our last night in PNG at Soputa village, where we were entertained like royalty by the villagers.
I will remember it as one of the toughest mental and physical challenges of my 60-odd years , particularly when one of my knees ( not unexpectedly ) decided to become a bit dodgy after the first couple of days. But to help me along I received excellent support and encouragement from Ollie, from my personal porter and the other porters in general, and from my fellow-trekkers.
I would thoroughly recommend a trip to Kokoda to those with any interest in Australia's military history,and particularly those whose relatives may have served in New Guinea,but also to anyone who might be seeking a personal or group challenge.
Having done the trek with Adventure Bound , I would find it hard to see how it could be done better. Our tents and other equipment were good quality and I believe we received great value for money.

Dr Bernie Moore, July 2017

“As someone who has never had a 'physical' holiday before, this was a fantastic experience. Belinda was great at answering all the silly little questions and Olly's organisation made the whole trip run smoothly. I enjoyed every part of the trip, from the trek itself to meeting the locals. Olly's army background provided us with an extra insight which I feel would have been missed by other companies. Although outside our comfort zone, Olly's knowledge of the country and it's people made for a much more comfortable trip than expected. The porters were fantastic, especially the cooks and personal porters. It was great to be able to get to know them and how they live their lives. The local's welcoming nature, Olly's ability to converse with all members of the group, and the spectacular scenery made for an unforgettable trip. I highly recommend Adventure Bound Tours!!

Jessie Barr, July 2017

“The 10 days of our Kokoda Trek with Adventure Bound were some of the most physically, mentally & emotionally challenging days of our life. We were hot, wet, sweaty, muddy, we have laughed (a lot!), cried (a little) and made some great friends. We couldn't have made it without the help of our porters who truly were our fuzzy wuzzy angels. We have been lucky enough to see a beautiful, untouched part of the world and its people. Olly was a great leader with excellent knowledge of the area and the history & was always looking out for the welfare of all the team. Billy provides excellent administration pre & post trek and can answer any questions or concerns. I would definitely recommend trekking Kokoda with Adventure Bound.

Brooke Everett, June 2017

“It can be very hard to find just the right words to describe,.. yet justify how amazing some experiences can be,...
I recently returned from my Kokoda experience with Ollie and six others trekkers.
We had stunning weather which allowed me to admire the beauty of the "Kokoda Track" and take some HD footage that I'll treasure forever. To understand, even to a small degree what the soldiers of war during the Kokoda Campaign had to endure carrying over 50 Kgs on their backs and a rifle at the ready can be very difficult while trekking this unforgiving terrain.
We were so well taken care of by Ollie and all our Porters. They made it very enjoyable and I couldn't believe the history Ollie had for us at numerous checkpoints throughout each and every day. How he remembers it all I'll never know...
If you're looking at an Adventure second to none,.... A journey that will test any hiker experienced or not, a Destination that does not come without its endurance, fatigue and the mental strength required,... then you need to make contact with Ollie and Billy and discuss this further.

I returned from my Kokoda experience felling more accomplished than any previous undertaking of my life.

Thank you Ollie and Billy for the most memorable tribute to the men who saved our country.

Many Thanks,

Adam Caines, June 2017

“Doing Kokoda with Adventure Bound was the best experience of my life! Such a well organised 10 days, full of interesting comments on the battles that took place from Olly. This is a must do trek for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and understand the importance of the ANZAC legacy. If I choose to walk the trail again I'll be doing it with Adventure Bound.

Hugh Edgar, June 2017

“Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved, the ground covered, the weapons and equipment used. From Ower's Corner, Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Menari, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, the magnificent memorial at Isurava to Kokoda, all portrayed in laymens terms without compromising on the history by Olly. A spiritual journey retracing the steps of my forefathers. It was so much more than a trek, by hiring a porter I could slow down and take all in, the mud, the history, the culture,the beautiful mountains, sparkling fresh water creeks, epic crossing at Brown river, the hospitality of the local villages, the tribal welcome at Soputa village, swim at Kumusi river and the magnificent porters; always there to lend a hand, put up your tent and had the billy on for a much looked forward to cuppa. By far the best journey I have had and am so proud to walked the track with my brother. From woe to go it was seamless and very professional. Thanks Billy and Olly.

Lance Edwards, April 2017

“Not sure what to write here because its hard to put the whole tour into words...
My father, cousin, best mate and another mate and of course myself and Dad went on a Kokoda tour with Adventure Bound in April 2017 coinciding with ANZAC day. Olly, Billy and the whole team in PNG put together and delivered a money cant buy experience. The care, attention to detail and planning that goes into everything is breath taking.
If you want to do Kokoda or an adventure tour these guys are the bee's knee's.

Mitchell Bennett, April 2017

“Thank you Adventure Bound Tours for one of the best trekking experiences I have had, Ollys knowledge and passion for the Kokoda track was truly a highlight, his ability to explain the battles and hardships on the track so the whole group understood was very much appreciated. I would definitely recommend hiring a porter as it frees you up to take in the beautiful sights of the country, and makes the track more enjoyable. Olly has a great crew led by Stanley his head guide , Freddie is a magician in the kitchen, the porters are awesome, always there to lend a hand when the going gets tough.
I would highly recommend Adventure Bound Tours to anyone thinking of doing the Kokoda track, Olly, Billy and the rest of their crew are great to deal with and have helped create a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life!

Paul Edwards, April 2017

“On an impulse a few months ago I decided to trek the Kokoda Track. I checked out a few trekking groups but was drawn to Adventuer Bound out of Cairns. Olly, ex SAS, and his wife Belinda are the force behind this company. Olly's military experience was pivotal in my selection and he was just fantastic on the trek. The porters like the Fuzzy Wuzzy's from the war, were amazing. They probably saved us falling a dozen times per day. A hand would come out and grab our pack to steady us. They were always happy and friendly and ready to assist. I got to have great admiration for these amazing people. Olly would stop and show us in layman's terms how the battles evolved. It was surreal to be there where it all happened and he brought it to life from Owers Corner to Kokoda. He would take us off track to see old munitions dumps and dugouts of both Aussie and Japanese troops. The camp grounds and villages were amazing. After we cleaned up in either the creek with the crystal clear water or the village pipe, Freddy, the cook, would have the billy boiling and an amazing meal cooked for us. We would then sit around the campfire telling yarns as only Aussies can do! Sometimes the villagers would come and sing to us and on many a night, we went to sleep in our tent with the sounds of the porters singing. This was a very memorable journey which I will never forget. I had a great leader with Olly and fantastic team mates and porters. I am so glad that at 68 I was able to hold my own on the track and successfully complete the journey.

Jessamy Welfare, April 2017

“My experience walking the Kokoda Track with Adventure Bound was everything I hoped for.
Olly has a great wealth of knowledge about the military history of the track. He is able to explain it so that it is easy to understand and get an idea of the hardships our soldiers endured and the enormity of their accomplishments. He also knew when a bit of quiet encouragement was needed to help over a difficult patch.
Adventure Bound were very well organized right from the time of our initial inquiries. The pre-trip advice was spot on including the training guide. I found the equipment list extremely helpful. Having the correct equipment can make a huge difference to your comfort and enjoyment of the trek.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Who knew you could cook cakes and doughnuts over a campfire. The porters were all exceptionally friendly and always ready to assist. Now here's some unsolicited advice; I strongly recommend hiring a personal porter. Not only do they carry your big pack, they also set up and take down your tent every day, fill your water bottles from the best places (usually a bit away from the track), and help you over the difficult creek crossings and slippery/difficult bits. You will form a special bond with your porter and provide valuable income for the local people, the descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. My lovely porter even knitted me a hat while I was relaxing at night. (Can't promise that for everyone).
I wanted to walk from Ower's Corner to Kokoda, the direction of the Australian advance. Adventure Bound is one of only a few companies that go in this direction. Finishing your trek by walking under the arch at Kokoda is a feeling that can't be described but is certainly worth experiencing. So go do it!

Robyn Gipps, March 2016

“The team from Adventure Bound Olly , Belinda and Mace provided not just a tour but an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life . This began with the first interaction 6 months ago and to the moment we arrived back in Cairns. The sharing of what really happened on the ground and the context behind why tactics were used throughout the campaign gave the trek the edge. Anybody considering walking the track should look to Adventure Bound Tours for a truly authentic experience.

Rod Hohn, April 2016

“The beauty of the Country, the history behind the trek, and the physical challenge of the hike are all bought together with guides like Chook and Mace, with their significant, and relatively recent military combat experience, adding a touch of reality when it comes to explaining the numerous significant battles fought, the tactics employed, and weapons and ammunition used. They also have a great local crew on the ground in PNG who were extremely helpful. The information and assistance from Belinda during the preparation process was also great. Highly recommended.

Brad Rix, April 2016

“My wife and I just completed the Anzac Kokoda Track hike with Adventure Bound Tours. What an awesome and unique experience. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff, who really made the journey something special. The tour ticked all the boxes … incredible location with stunning landscapes, great guides, well organised, good food, quality tents and excellent commentary of the war history of the track. The military background of Olly and Mace, added an extra insight into strategies and tactics used by both sides and really helped bring history to life. We feel every Australian should experience the Kokoda Track and Adventure Bound Tours are the company to do it with!

Chris & Kelly Hogan, April 2016

“Walking the Kokoda Track is an experience I’ll never forget, and made possible by Olly and Adventure Bound Tours. Ollie’s military background provides an excellent insight of warfare tactics used by the Australian and Japanese soldiers during the Kokoda campaign, and his passion for adventure makes this an exciting and interesting trek. A special mention must go to the porters and cooks used by Adventure Bound Tours who at the end of each day were fantastic in setting up camp and arranging meals. Word of warning if Olly says “angulating hills ” it means there is very steep hills ahead. A thoroughly amazing walk made possible by the well organized and equipped business of Adventure Bound Tours.

Warren Ford, May 2016

“Olly, our guide, proved to be the difference between this company and other trekking companies for me. His ability to transmit his in-depth knowledge and add anecdotes at every point on the trek brought the whole campaign to life and I would recommend these guys to those that wish to understand the full story behind the events that happened along the track in 1942

John Kehoe (Ex British SAS)

“A truly life changing experience engendering an indelible sense of achievement. I have never received such help and concern for my welfare, as over the track, in 67 years of existence. The historical info was both detailed, relevant and delivered in such a way as to make the sequence of the battles easily understandable. I cannot recommend this trek enough for youngsters as it will stand them in good stead for the ups and downs of life which they will undoubtedly encounter

Maj Alan Stenner (ex SAS)

“My trek with Olly was absolutely 1st rate. A fantastic experience now etched in my memory and one never to be forgotten- highly recommended. The military background of Olly, who demonstrated a detailed knowledge of the tracks military history, assisted me to relive the experiences of 1942 whilst enjoying spectacular untouched mountain vistas

Daniel Poultney

“WOW… where to start. Magnificent scenery, passionate and knowledgeable tour guide and the friendly and welcoming locals all combined to make a truly unforgettable experience. There was a good depth of info on all aspects of the trek from both tour leader and porters. My tip for future trekkers is use a native porter to carry your main pack. This will ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable trek as well as providing a source of income for the village men and their families. GO FOR IT….you won’t regret it!!!

Vivienne Norman

“Thanks for the amazing trip! My dad Richard Perrett and I had an incredible time loved every minute of it! Olly you were an awesome guide definitely made the trip interesting and had all the answers! Thanks so much to Stanley and the rest of the guys could not have got through it without you!!! Will be highly recommending you guys to everyone!!! Thanks again!!

Miss Perrett

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How do I train for Kokoda?

01/02/2016

So you’ve decided to do the Kokoda Track and you want to use your training time well. You are aware that you need to do a fair bit of walking to prepare for the 96km trek. But how do you maximise your training time to get the best results? Well the answer is simple…. Hills!! It’s all about the hills!

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04/09/2015

Are you looking for your next trekking adventure? Do you want it to be not only a hike but an adventure? If you have exhausted the hiking tracks in your region and you are looking for something that not every man and his dog is doing, then stay tuned…

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