The Kokoda Track – An Australian Right of Passage
“Australia lost its innocence in 1942. Japan had conquered Asia and the Pacific, and were at our doorstep. Our finest troops were fighting in the Middle East. All that stood between the Japanese onslaught and our homeland was a handful of 18 year old militia troops who had never fired a shot in anger.” – Patrick Lindsay
The Kokoda Track holds an extremely important place in Australia’s history. So join with other women adventurers to remember and respect the soldiers who went to war. From July 1942, the route over the Owen Stanley Range witnessed the battle hardened Japanese war machine, encounter young, unprepared, untrained, unproven and hopelessly outnumbered Australian soldiers. It was on the Kokoda Track that the myth of Japanese invincibility was broken for the first time.
The track stretches 96 kilometres through what is arguably some of the most rugged and wild jungle in the world. It is a primal track, built over 200 years ago as a commuting route between villages before it became the scene of bitter fighting between Australian and Japanese soldiers.
After completing this trek with other like minded women you can feel proud to pay your respects to Australian wartime history, and of course, as a personal physical challenge.
In addition, whilst honouring your forefathers by walking in the footsteps of heroes, and having a life changing experience, you will change someone else’s life for the better by becoming a modern day hero; raising valuable funds for one of the Aurora charities. Perhaps you have a cause that is close to your heart that you would like to help? Perhaps you are a charity that have supporters who would like to fundraise while taking on this epic Australian Trek.