Remembering Sandakan & Mt Kinabalu summit
From trekking through some of the oldest and most spectacular undisturbed areas of rainforest in the world, climbing the majestic heights of Mount Kinabalu and walking in the footsteps of our Australian heroes of the Sandakan-Ranaumarches, Aurora’s Sandakan Adventure delivers an unparalleled experience for any trekker.
This part of the Second World War is considered by many to be the worst atrocity ever suffered by Australian soldiers. You will be inspired by the stories of gallantry and determination of the Australian and British POW’s who perished on this hot wartime track. These men never gave up. They may have been forced to surrender their bodies but never their will, never their indomitable spirit. Unlike ANZAC Cove, Kokoda, Crete and the Somme, Sandakan is one of the least known and least commemorated events in Australia’s proud wartime history
In 1945 a group of over 2000 Australian and British prisoners of the Japanese in Borneo were walked by the Japanese from Sandakan to Ranau at the base of Mount Kinabalu. Of the 2345 men, only six survived. Of those who died, most were never found. To some, the Sandakan Death March is Australia’s ‘Holocaust’ and compares to the atrocities of the Burma Railway, where fewer Australian POW’s lost their lives than at Sandakan. This trip provides a unique and personal journey of fulfillment and enrichment in one of the most amazing trekking destinations.