The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a tribute to the bravery of Australian troops who fought through atrocious conditions and against vastly superior numbers in the Papua New Guinea campaign of July 1942 - January 1943.
The fighting on The Kokoda Track was one of the vital elements of the Australian efforts in World War II. The Papua campaign, including The Kokoda Track, Milne Bay, Buna, Gona and Sanananda resulted in total Australian and United States casualties of 8546.
Casualties from malaria were more than 2700 and from tropical diseases at least 3700. More than 2000 Australians and 600 Americans were killed. During the four months of fighting in the Owen Stanley Ranges, the Australian infantry lost 607 killed and 1015 wounded.
The Kokoda Walk begins at Kennedy Fountain on Mounts Bay Road and you will climb 150 steep steps (with a vertical rise of 62m). Follow the plaques along the steps to the State War Memorial where the track ends, just north of the cenotaph.
Please note that this walk does not have wheelchair or pram access.