The team for RHH Research Foundation Trek for Medical Research will be taking on an epic challenge trekking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea to help fund the next round of local medical research to find better health outcomes for Tasmanians. The team is now full with 24 amazing trekkers, but stay tuned for future opportunities! 

The Kokoda Track was the scene of bitter fighting when the Australian Army fought to defend Port Moresby from advancing Japanese forces in 1942. Today, walking that same track has become an iconic pilgrimage for those wanting to honour the ANZAC spirit. The Trek for Medical Research will take place over ANZAC Day 2021 as a special commemoration of the historic events.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest treks, the Kokoda Track links the south and north coast of Papua New Guinea across 96 kilometres of rocky mountain terrain, tropical rainforest and remote villages.

On this adventure, you’ll lace up your boots to trek alongside RHH Research Foundation supporters to raise funds to invest in vital medical research, for Tasmanian locals, by Tasmanian locals.

By day, you’ll trek Papua New Guinea’s tropical rainforest, the terrain as challenging as it is beautiful. As nightfall descends, you will stay in isolated camps, swapping stories with local Koiari and Orokaiva people and falling asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the jungle. Though the Track is challenging, you’ll be rewarded with an unmatched sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that YOU have made a huge difference to Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation and helped fund the next potential medical breakthrough.

Help us fund local medical research – for Tasmanians, by Tasmanians.

Every year, the RHH Research Foundation receives many more applications from clinical researchers than it can support. Each of these applications has the potential to produce ground-breaking, even life-saving medical discoveries.

With your help, we can fund three year-long Project Grants by raising $75,000 through the Trek for Research. The money you raise will support these research projects and could be part of funding a medical breakthrough.

“The Trek for Medical Research will make an immense difference to our capacity to support the health and wellbeing of our Tasmanian community.  The Trek has the potential to not only continue to increase funding, but to build crucial awareness around the vital work of the Foundation. This enables us to do even more to support future generations and continue to invest into local medical research associated with the diseases and disorders that impact people across our state.”

 -RHH Research Foundation CEO Heather Francis


17 - 27 April 2022


11 Day Trip
8 Day Challenge


Twin-share in a 3-star hotel, and comfortable camping


Registration fee: $590 (non-refundable)
Travel quote: $3,995
Fundraising Target: $3,500

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