INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEMORIAL

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway links Concord Hospital with Rhodes railway station, a distance of approximately 800metres.

The concept for this living Memorial was launched in 1994 under the "Australia Remembers" program. Initiated by Concord Repatriation General Hospital, the project enjoys a strong partnership with other community groups such as the Council of City of Canada Bay, Concord Rotary, and the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch)


Objectives of the Memorial
  • To provide a lasting Memorial to all veterans who served in World War II with a particular focus on the South West Pacific area;
  • To provide an educational experience on this magnificent part of our Australian heritage for current and future generations;
  • To improve access to the hospital for patients, visitors and staff who travel by rail to Rhodes station;
  • To provide facilities for healthy lifestyle programs and act as a tourist attraction for visitors to the region.


  • Features of the Memorial Walkway

    Designed by DM Taylor Landscape Architects Pty Ltd, the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway has the following features:


    Memorial Centrepiece

    A striking series of granite walls on which images from the New Guinea Campaign have been sandblasted. Water also forms an integral part of the Centrepiece, with it cascading alongside the granite walls.


    Rainforest Area

    Includes a watercourse leading into a pond overlooking the Parramatta River.


    Rose Garden Entry Area

    A peaceful and beautiful entrance, featuring two semi-circular Memorial walls amongst beds of roses. On the walls are plaques dedicated to the memory of individuals who served in the war. The Rose Garden is linked to the Walkway by the Bruce Kingsbury V.C. Path.


    Stations

    Places of significance in the New Guinea campaign where important battles were fought or events occurred. There are 22 stations along the Walkway, each providing historical accounts and images of the New Guinea campaign.


    Information Centre

    A state of the art building where visitors may enjoy a cup of coffee and purchase merchandise.


    Mangrove Boardwalk

    A timber boardwalk into the mangroves provides a feel for the vegetation in New Guinea.


    How to get to the Memorial


    Transport

    Bus Route 461 City- Ryde (Strathfield to Ryde section early mornings, late afternoons, Sundays)
    Route 458 Burwood Ryde

    Rail To Rhodes station, then a short walk down hill towards Concord road and onto the Walkway at Brays Bay Reserve.

    Parking Parking is available at the Hospital car park on Hospital Road. A parking fee of $4.00 is required

    2 hour free Parking is available in Rhodes Park, access is via Fremont St and at Brays Bay Reserve, off Concord Rd.

    Disabled Access Yes

    To book a tour of the Memorial and BBQ facilities please contact The Café on (02) 87651797

    The Memorial Centerpiece
    The Mangrove Boardwalk
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