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 a fully licenced tour operator with the Kokoda Track Authority and a proud member of the Kokoda Tour Operators Association.
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.