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Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published April 22nd 2013
If you cant get into town for Anzac Day and are in the area of Concord, give an hour of your time and go give a Fuzzy Wuzzy a pat on the back, see our fallen heroes and honour our living heroes. See a soldier - tell him thank you and buy him a beer.

We know about Gallipoli and Vietnam, now we have knowledge of Kokoda (which in my day was not spoken about or unknown). Since 1996, Kokoda has come more in the public eye than ever before, thanks to this wonderful memorial.

Kokoda Plaque
Courtesy of Chiefmanzzz / Wikipedia

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is located, between Rhodes Station and Concord Repatriation Veterans Hospital, Concord, at Brays Bay. Get a bus from Burwood along Parramatta Road N80 or Rhodes/Ryde 520 or 458. The weather on the news channels are often done from this area.

The track is about 1km long and is a tranquil wooden boardwalk, ironically what we learn along the way, is that the soldiers were far from tranquil conditions. Remembering the vicious, harsh terrain and strenuous war of Kokoda. Here we honour our favourites, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels; they came out of the hills of Kokoda to save and help our men up hills, carried our injured, they were our fuzzy haired angels who appeared from nowhere during the heavy hitting WWII in Papua New Guinea in 1942/43.

The boardwalk has 20 odd stations/stops (boards of information and WWII affected PNG Areas). Each station has a story, timeline, area, terrain, map and pictures on individual station.

Station Information
Courtesy of Chiefmanzzz / Wikipedia

Ferns and tropical plants are beautifully arranged and showcased along the sides of the Memorial Path, representing the forest vegetation of Kokoda.

As we go towards the centre of this time warp Memorial Trail, you cant help but think something big is to come, cross a small log bridge over the stream.

Log Bridge and Stream
Courtesy of Chiefmanzzz / Wikipedia

All you can see are large walls of black shiny granite.

Granite Walls recounting Kokoda
Courtesy of Chiefmanzzz / Wikipedia

These granite walls have images, names, stories of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, images of soldiers, of our wonderfully brave soldiers standing arm in arm, helping each other to survive. This is very powerful and yet again, a clever design, as right in the middle of this intense setting is a lovely quiet peaceful flowing waterfall.

Granite Walls and Waterfall
Courtesy of Chiefmanzzz / Wikipedia

There is a cafe and souvenir shop "K" Kokoda Cafe, and educational centre, a playground and toilet facilities.

Don't forgot to visit the Rose Garden Plaques; a memorial for our fallen heroes, place a poppy or a rose to honour them.

Please be aware this is a memorial site. Unfortunately in 2004-2005 some people caused massive damage by spray painting and smashing the plaques. I personally saw the after effects of this damage and was horrified that people could do this to a memorial site. The council and locals all rallied together and have bought this area back to its glory and representation of Kokoda.

At the going down of the Sun
We will remember them
Lest We Forget

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Where: Concord West, Sydney, New South Wales
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