As we make our way along the Kokoda Trail, we also spend time exploring the Eora Creek Battle Site; site of the most costly clash during the Kokoda Campaign, before holding our second Memorial Service at Brigade Hill; also known as Butchers Hill, due to the number of soldiers from both sides who were killed during battle.Pushing on, we continue through villages including Efogi, Menari and Nauro, learning about the Kokoda Campaign along the way.
On our penultimate day, we reach Imita Ridge, site of the Australian’s last stand; it was here that our troops were told that there was to be no further withdrawal and they had no other option but to succeed in their mission.
Our trek concludes once we step through the Memorial Arch at Owers’ Corner. Armed with a new found appreciation of the accomplishments and hardships endured by our Australian soldiers during the Kokoda Campaign we will pause at the Owers’ Corner Memorial and reflect upon the past 7 days.
Our group will then travel by road to Bomana War Cemetery, resting place of 3,779 souls, of whom a little over 3,300 are Australian. We will again have an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by all those who fought. Our trek complete, we will transfer to our hotel in Port Moresby for a day at leisure before our final dinner as a group. This evening is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon, what for many, will have been the experience of a lifetime.
‘We are here today, because they were here before us.’