Running Rabbits Military Museum
The is a stones throw away from the Kokoda Memorial Track in Ferntree Gully National Park and - like the Memorial Trail - is dedicated to the heroic men involved in the battles by the Kokoda Track. Located at 1 Mast Gully Road, Upwey, and with entry being a mere Gold coin donation, it is well worth a visit.
In 1942, the desperate men involved in the fighting along the Kokoda Track had the arduous task of preventing the capture of Port Moresby by the Japanese, who would use it as a base for an Australian Invasion. Following their withdrawal, with odds stacked against them, General Blamey (their Supreme Commander) reprimanded them severely, while accusing them of running like rabbits.
This is dedicated to the memory of those men as savoirs of Australia. Despite only being open twice a week, it is available at other times by arrangement and tours for groups, schools or individuals are also available by arrangement.
The museum has a large collection of uniforms, memorabilia and weapons from the era. Memorabilia ranges from trench art to a Leopard Tank, that sits just outside the museum. Another sight to see is an Australian Navy Ikara Missile. The museum also displays a diorama that depicts historical images of the Kokoda Campaign of World War II. Guides are available to explain the significance of some artifacts while a few of the displays actually allow visitors to touch and hold the exhibits.
For anyone interested in Australia's involvement in conflicts ranging from the Boer War to current peace roles, this museum is a must see. Infinitely educational and entertaining, take a quick detour if you're visiting the 1000 Steps, otherwise it is only 35-45 minutes from CBD.
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