Capt Cliff Thomson - photo

Family History

With an extensive family history of military service during World War II, Travis has a deep passion and knowledge of the campaign. His maternal Grandfather, Corporal Colin Thompson (10th Ordnance) served in PNG as did his Great Uncle Captain Cliff Thompson (2/14th Battalion pictured on far of right of adjoining photo), whilst his paternal Grandfather, Sergeant James Hocart (2/24th Battalion) served during the infamous Siege of Tobruk. Join Travis, as he walks in the footsteps of his family and other Australian heroes over the Kokoda Track.

Kokoda Crossing are proud to be one of the few trekking companies to be in 100% partnership with a local operator, namely Trek 96. We are committed to helping local companies develop their business skills and ability to grow and provide much needed employment along the Kokoda Trail corridor. As a result of this partnership, Kokoda Crossing are fully compliant with the Kokoda Track Authority licence and permit requirements.

Historical Information

The Importance of the Track

The Kokoda Track campaign represents an important time in Australia’s history. The campaign was fought between July 21st and November 11th, 1942 involving Australian and Japanese combatants. From here the campaign moved to the northern beach areas of Buna, Sanananda and Gona, where particularly vicious fighting took place until the Japanese were finally defeated on January 22, 1943.

During our trek together, we examine not only the battles that took place, but also the origins of this remarkable campaign and how events throughout the SW Pacific in World War II influenced the final result.