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Join us for a FREE KOKODA INFO session this Saturday 25th March at Paddy Pallin Katoomba, kicking off at 6pm. Learn more about this amazing adventure destination, get some gear advice off Guides Shane Goodwin & Nikki George as well as the experts from Paddy’s will be there to assist. Discover the right sort of training you need to complete this amazing journey. Please register your interest (so we can have the required seating available). Register by calling/texting 0422372273 or email

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Gary checked in today by phone and said (T11) everyone is going really well physically and thoroughly enjoying themselves and the trek. Yesterday they explored Isurava battle site and the stories of the 39th battalion and 21st brigade who made up Maroubra force. Bruce Kingsbury has a special place in this story as he was awarded the first Victoria Cross on Australian soil for his actions that saved his battalion (2/14th) from defeat. This morning the team had an emotional service at Surgeons rock before heading to Alola and down to Lala creek for that short punchy climb up to morning tea. The team arrived at Eora creek for lunch by 12:45pm and will be briefed on the details of the battles on the Australian withdrawal and Advance. Paul Cullen play a pivotal role in this part of the Australian advance as he lead a party of men across a log bridge under machine gun fire after Brigadier Lloyd questioned his courage as a leader and fighting soldier. Tonight they will enjoy the sounds of Eora creek and perhaps the boys singing a tune.
PLEASE NOTE the pictures are from previous treks as it is not possible to receive pictures from the group due to their remoteness. Enjoy the pictures and follow the teams journey 😊
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T11 have reached Kokoda today by lunch time. They stopped for a break and historical brief at the Kumasi river where General Horri was defeated buy the Australians under the command of General George Vasey. George used his entire force at his disposal with no reserve force (an unprecedented and bold move in the pacific war) to surround the Japanese at Oivi hill and push Horri and his force back into the flooding river. The result of this battle was the first decisive victory in the Kokoda to beaches campaign as the Australians captured all 10 of the Japanese mountain gun artillery and accounted for many Japanese casualties.
At Kokoda Gary briefed the team about the two battles for Kokoda plateau during the Australian withdrawal and the final flag raising ceremony as the Australians retook Kokoda in November.
Tonight the team rest at Hoi a beautiful creek side location just below Deniki and the many battle actions in the area.
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A few personal accounts from our Kokoda veterans. We will remember them. ... See MoreSee Less

β€œAll your senses get weaker when you get old, but for some reason emotion gets stronger, and bugle calls have an effect on me now that they didn’t have before.” - Les Cook Seventy-five-years af...

And the KAT 75th Kokoda Anniversary commemorative tour is finished well done team on an amazing job shane πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š ... See MoreSee Less