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:
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.
Includes a watercourse leading into a pond overlooking the Parramatta
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.
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.
A state of the art building where visitors may enjoy a cup of coffee and purchase merchandise.
A timber boardwalk into the mangroves provides a feel for the vegetation in New Guinea.
How to get to the Memorial
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