Client: Concord Repatriation General Hospital
Location: Concord, NSW
Image Credits: Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects Pty Ltd
The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway was opened in 1995 and is the first standalone WWII memorial in Australia. It is a tribute to the bravery of Australian troops in the Papua-New Guinea campaign of July 1942-January 1943.
The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney's inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River. At the centrepiece are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the campaign. There are 22 stations or plaques along the walkway, each describing a significant place or engagement; the walkway has been planted with lush tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.
A water feature flows through the memorial and has created a strong focus for commemorative activities. A naturalistic setting reflecting the jungles of New Guinea creates an appropriate character and form for this memorial site.