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Welcome to Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. A principal focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline.

The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney's inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River.

At the centrepiece are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the Kokoda campaign. There are 22 audio-visual stations along the Walkway, each describing a significant place or military engagement. The Walkway has been planted with lush tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.



Anniversary of kokoda Day Address November 3rd 2015

The 2015 Kokoda Day Address was delivered by the Hon. David Elliott, MP - NSW Minister for Veteran Affairs.

To listen to the Minister's address, please click on the controls below.

David Elliott
David Elliott

The Centenary of ANZAC and the GREAT WAR

January to March 1916
Following the withdrawal of Australian forces from Gallipoli in December 1915, the two battled-scarred AIF divisions moved back to Egypt, and their ranks expanded with fresh reinforcements from home to create four divisions. A whole new division (3rd Division) was raised in Australia and this new force was sent directly to England.


Although units of the Australian Light Horse served on the Western Front, the majority were engaged in the war against the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. In early 1916, the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division was formed in Egypt from the Australian Light Horse Brigades and the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade. It was commanded by Major General Harry Chauvel. In early 1916, the Light Horse assisted in the defence of the strategically critical Suez Canal.


In March 1916, the bulk of the A.I.F. (Australian Imperial Force) moved to France and underwent extensive training. Although the first half of the year was but a prelude to the bloodbath of the Somme which began on July 1st, the A.I.F. was none-the-less involved in some fierce engagements with the enemy, and by the end of June some 600 Australian lives had been lost.

Private R. J. Rowe assists Corporal M. Hall, DCM, of the 2/16th Battalion to the regimental aid post after an attack on Shaggy Ridge.
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RAAF Kittyhawk aircraft at Milne Bay.

 

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