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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.


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Mr Vince Conroy from Canada Bay Council and Ms. Angela Pasqua placing some 1,000 individual poppies into the giant petals of a large floodlit poppy arrangement at Brays Bay Reserve. The planting is in preparation for the ANZAC Centenary Dawn Service, to be held at the Walkway at 5:30am on Sunday 19th April, 2015.

Those attending the Service will have an opportunity to place another 4,000 poppies to honour service men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the many conflicts Australia has been involved in from the First World War up until present times.

During the carnage on the Western Front, poppies sprouted profusely in the shell-churned soils of France and Belgium, their vivid red reminding the survivors of the blood spilt by their comrades. Canadian Lieut-Col. John McCrae's epic 1915 poem, " In Flanders Fields" further emphasised the association. In the early 1920s people began wearing red poppies on Remembrance Day, a practice continued by subsequent generations.


The Centenary of ANZAC and the GREAT WAR

25 January 1915

1st Australian General Hospital opens in the Heliopolis Palace Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.

18 March 1915

British and French navies fail to silence Turkish guns protecting the Dardanelles. A decision is made soon after to invade the Gallipoli peninsula. The Anzac Corps are designated an important role in the invasion.

1 April 1915

The Anzac Corps in Egypt receive orders to prepare for action.

12 April 1915

Units of the Anzac Corps began arriving on the island of Lemnos.

13-14 April 1915

The British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth takes senior Anzac Corps officers and battalion commanders to view the coast of Gallipoli and to select landing sites.

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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