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Isurava, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Isurava Memorial, Kokoda Track

Anzac Day Service

Snapshot
Service: Anzac Day Dawn Service
Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019
Time:

5:30am: Dawn Service commences

Seating style:

No seating is provided

Venue: Isurava Memorial, Kokoda Track. Papua New Guinea
Weather: Hot and humid tropical weather
Attendance registration:

Not required

Visa requirements: Yes – obtain your visa on the visalink website
Security: TBA
Important Notes: TBA

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Introduction

The Isurava Memorial was constructed in 2002 in remembrance of all those Australians and Papua New Guineans who fought and those who died on the Kokoda Track in 1942.

Isurava was the site of some of the most intense fighting in the Kokoda Track campaign. The memorial is immediately adjacent to the site where Private Bruce Kingsbury performed an act of valour for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross - the first VC awarded in PNG.

The memorial features four Australian black granite pillars that are each inscribed with a single word - 'courage', 'endurance', 'mateship', and 'sacrifice' representing the values and qualities of those Australian soldiers who fought along the Kokoda Track.

Ten information panels (including two in the Tok Pisin language) have been installed in the interpretative area of the memorial.

Getting to Isurava Memorial – What to expect

The official Anzac Day Dawn Service at Isurava is conducted by the Australian Government and is made possible with the assistance of the local communities of Isurava. The service will be held at the Isurava Memorial on Thursday, 25 April 2019, commencing at 5:30am.

The Isurava Memorial is accessed via the Kokoda Trail which is a 96km and known as one of the world’s most spectacular and challenging treks, wind your way along the track through rugged mountainous terrain. A very high level of fitness is required to tackle this track along with an accredited tour company.

The average weather in April in Isurava, Papua New Guinea can be extremely hot (tropical weather) with an average minimum temperature of 22ºC and average maximum temperature of 31ºC. The Dawn Service is conducted outdoors and visitors are exposed to the elements. Tropical storms and downpours have been experienced at past services. Visitors should ensure they are appropriately equipped for hot, humid and potentially wet weather. This includes bringing bottled water and appropriate clothing.

No medical support is provided at the Isurava Memorial. Visitors should ensure to bring their own medication, including non-prescription pain relief medication.

What to take with you

A small day pack or small bag may be useful containing the following;

  • Wet weather jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

Traffic arrangements

Tour operators

Tour operators are advised to send their contact details to wargraves@dva.gov.au so that updated information can be provided.

Wreath laying

Wreath laying will occur during the services. Members of the public who wish to lay a wreath will have the opportunity to do so at the appropriate time during the service.

Guides, apps and other event information

Isurava Memorial

Explore the Isurava Memorial online, with images and historical information.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's (CWGC) war graves app provides information about the cemeteries around the world and allows you to search for the location of an individual’s war grave.

Contact information

The Dawn Service is coordinated by the Australian Government and consular assistance for Australians in Papua New Guinea is provided through the Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea.

Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea

Godwit Road (Waigani)
Port Moresby NCD
Papua New Guinea
Phone: +675 325 9239

Department of Foreign Affairs – Emergency helpline

Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service:

Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra, Australia

R.G. Casey Building
John McEwan Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Phone: +61 2 6261 1111

In Australia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Office of Australian War Graves

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