LAYOUT OF WALK
Start the walk at the bottom
of One Tree Hill from the Rangers Office. Near the entrance to the
National Park, and close to the large stone archway, is the series of
historically important plaques erected by the survivors of the Kokoda
battle in 1997.
Continue up the roadway and
200 metres from the archway the first and largest of the bronze
information plaques in the series is located. The Kokoda Trail Map
plaque gives an overview of the Kokoda campaign and a detailed,
sculptured, topographical map of the Kokoda Trail as it passes over the
Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea.
From this plaque the walk
follows a wide dirt road, gradually rising for less than a kilometre.
Along the way are three plaques commemorating, first, the Fuzzy Wuzzy
Angels (this was the name given by Australian soldiers to the PNG people
who greatly helped them during the campaign), second, Damien Parer (who
was the famous Australian cinematographer of the War), and last, Private
Bruce Kingsbury VC (who won the only Victoria Cross on the Kokoda
Trail). The road ends in a small clearing.
The path from here steadily
ascends One Tree Hill on the Fern Tree Gully One Thousand Steps Track.
Placed beside the path is a series of bronze information plaques. The
plaques provide the walker with an understanding of the events that
occurred in Papua New Guinea during 1942.
The Kokoda Trail section of
the walk starts with the plaque headed Owers' Corner. The plaques are
named after and sited at places where significant events occurred during
Distances to walk between the
plaque are given on the map opposite. The physical effort in reaching
the last plaque, Kokoda Village, hopefully provide those following the
walk with some sense of the exhaustion experienced by the Australian
soldiers climbing the Trail during the Kokoda campaign of 1942.
with medical conditions that impair physical activity should consider
avoiding the walk or walking down the hill from the One Tree Hill Picnic
Click on the map for enlargement