The Kokoda Track marks the course of one of the most important battles for Australians in the Second World War. Between 21 July and 16 November 1942, the Australian Army halted the furthermost southward advance by Japanese forces in Papua New Guinea and then pushed the enemy back across the mountains. It is one of the most striking places of Australian wartime history that can be visited.
The men who defended this rugged 96km track were the only line of defence protecting Australia from imminent invasion. Their bravery and the hardships they faced are now the stuff of legend and now you can honor their memory and directly help our modern day defenders by taking part in the ‘March On with Soldier On – Mountain Challenge’.
Soldier On has selected some of Australia’s most iconic and challenging walking tracks to give you a sense of walking the Kokoda. While not mandatory to do all of your 96km’s on the recommended tracks, this is your chance to push yourself by adding some tough mountain miles to your adventure while helping you fundraise for Soldier On.
Feel free to take on the whole track or add parts of the track to other walks. As long as you complete the 96km Kokoda distance by March 31.
Take a look at the walk nearest you…
SA: Mt Lofty Summit from Chambers Gully – 15km loop x 6
Mt Lofty Summit from Chambers Gully is a 15km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Cleland Conservation Park South Australia.
NSW: Six Foot Track - 95km out and back
Six Foot track winds from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, passing through Blue Mountains National Park and state forests.
WA: Kitty’s Gorge Walking trail – 16km loop x 6
The 16 kilometre return Kitty’s Gorge Walk Trail is one of the beautiful walks accessible from the historic town of Jarrahdale. An hour’s drive south east of Perth,
QLD: Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk – 108km out and back
Discover beauty, mystery and history along the 54 kilometre Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk linking the species-rich Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area of Lamington and Springbrook plateaus via the scenic Numinbah Valley
ACT: Canberra Centenary Trail – choose your own sections (7 in total) up to 96km
The Centenary Trail is a 145 kilometre self-guided, non-motorised loop trail for walkers and touring cyclists that showcases Canberra and takes users on a journey between urban and rural environments past iconic sites and hidden treasures.
VIC: Great Diving Trail network
Lerderderg Track or one of the many other trails on the network.
The Great Dividing Trail Network is a pathway for walkers, mountain bikers and trail runners to central Victoria’s hidden treasures from deep gorges and fern-lined rivers to the artefacts and cultural heritage of the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen.
TAS: Lenah Valley to the Pinnacle Loop – 17km loop x 6
A challenging climb to the summit of Kunanyi / Mount Wellington and back, with great views on a clear day.
NT: The Tabletop Track – 39km loop x 2.5
The Tabletop Track is a picturesque long-distance walking track through Litchfield National Park, about an hour's drive from Darwin.
You can take on the challenge in one go or break it down into a series of sections, just be sure to complete 96kms between March 1 and March 31 using the app to log your achievement.
In the lead up to the challenge, we’ll coach you with tips and hints to get the most out of your walking and fundraising.