About Us

Overview

Commemorating the service of those who served in the Papua New Guinea and Kokoda Track campaigns.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a group community project, conceived in 1994, and opened in 1996 to commemorate the service of those who served in the Papua New Guinea and Kokoda Track campaigns.

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OVERVIEW

The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes railway station to Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River (how to get here).

 

Entry is free and the Walkway is open to the public.

 

Memorial Rose Garden

The entrance to the Walkway features the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden, with over 500 memorial plaques, primarily dedicated to individuals, units and groups who served in World War Two. See these plaques, and read fascinating ‘Stories from the Plaques’ here.

 

Information Stations

Along the Walkway, 22 Stations highlight the significance of a battle or location during the campaign.

 

Education Program/Centre

Thousands visit the Walkway each year, which includes hundreds of students as part of the Walkway’s schools visitation program where students learn more about the pivotal 1942 Papua New Guinea/Kokoda campaign.

The Ralph Honner Kokoda Education Centre has Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology to highlight this epic chapter in our military history.

Projected onto the windows of the Education Centre is a digital honour roll, listing the names of all Australians killed during the campaign. A new garden in front of the Education Centre honours the memory of Private Bruce Kingsbury VC.

The Education Centre also hosts our Friends of Kokoda talk series.

 

Memorial Centrepiece

The heart of the Walkway is our Memorial Centrepiece, featuring iconic images sandblasted onto the walls: The Golden Stairs, Return From Isurava, Forward Scouts, Mateship, Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. Each of these signifies an aspect of the campaign that reflects the enduring qualities of ‘courage’, ‘endurance’, ‘mateship’ and ‘sacrifice’ which personifies the deeds of those who fought in the campaign.

 

Commemorative events

The Walkway conducts three main commemorative services: Anzac Service (April), Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day (August) and Kokoda Day (November).  Other wreath-laying services are also conducted from time to time. For the full schedule, see our Commemoration page.

 

Group tours/facilities available

Community groups are able to book a guided tour of the Walkway. Groups or individuals can also book the covered function area. Note that the cafe is not open at present.

 

Walkway oversight

The Walkway’s success and continuing growth is due to oversight by a passionate Board of Directors, who actively partner with all levels of government, plus numerous local and community groups and many RSL sub-branches.

Entry is free and the Walkway is open to the public.

 

The Walkway hosts commemorative events, and welcomes school and community groups in a comprehensive educational program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT THE WALKWAY

The Walkway’s success is dependent on the goodwill and services of many volunteers. You may wish to support the Walkway by becoming a volunteer, joining the Friends of Kokoda or by donating

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