Kokoda Track or Kokoda Trail
Who really cares? The Australian diggers who fought along the bloody track so that we could enjoy the freedoms we enjoy here in Australia today – that’s who!
Today, many people walk the Kokoda Track as a tribute to digger’s story – and it’s their story that must be told about their experience.
Out of respect for their efforts and sacrifices, Our Spirit chooses to honour the digger’s story by referring to this famous walk as the Kokoda Track. Every one of the many diggers I’ve interview over the past 13 years insist on calling it the Kokoda Track and are often be offended if it's referred to as the Kokoda Trail. Peter Fitzsimons in his book “Kokoda” called it the Kokoda Track, out of respect for the diggers as he too discovered through his research they insisted on calling it the Kokoda Track.
After everything they have been through including the maltreatment by MacArthur, Blamey and company, “the silent 7th” should no longer be silent!
Dept. of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - UPDATE
The 'track' or 'trail' debate is one that can not easily be resolved. As you know both terms have been widely used and there are good arguments on both sides of the debate. We have taken the lead from PNG and so refer to the Kokoda Track as a 'Track' because the PNG government does – PNG government put the area on the World Heritage tentative list as the Owen Stanley ranges and the Kokoda Track. However, both terms will probably continue to be used by different groups.