The Lost Battlefield update

Those involved with the Journey to the Lost Battlefield earlier this year are proud to announce that forensic investigation and documentation of the site will commence next month. I will be returning to Papua New Guinea for joint talks with the Australian, Japanese and Papua New Guinea governments. The Bayside Leader features an article by Fiona Sexton outlining these current developments. View the article here.

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Su Mon Wong Scholarship Program

I am proud to announce that the Queensland University of Technology inaugural Su Mon Wong Scholarship has been awarded to third-year marketing student Ebony Johnson. The scholarship program is funded by the investment earnings from the Su Mon Wong Endowment. As fundraiser ambassador and a lead donor for the endowment, my involvement also extends to mentorship alongside other QUT alumni who have forged successful business careers.

This scholarship will help educate and inspire the business and community leaders of the future. Further information on the Su Mon Wong Scholarship Program can be found here.

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We made it!

A safe end to an epic journey today. The team arrived at Kokoda having completed the track in two and half days flat! The team traversed the thirty thousand feet of climb at a solid pace camping at Brown River and Templetons before decending to Alola Village and the war memorial at Isurava.

Tonight we will camp at the guest house of the mayor of Kokoda before returning to Australia on Monday. We would like to thank all who have supported the Journey to the Lost Battlefield of Kokoda. Please consider making a donation to the trust by clicking here.

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Neil Mitchell radio interview with David for 3AW

3AW radio broadcaster Neil Mitchell talks to David Moffatt about the discovery of The Lost Battlefield of Kokoda and the efforts to raise funds for ‘The Lost Battlefield’ Trust.

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Owers’ Corner

Even a transit day can be an adventure as we made our way from Daru to Port Moresby. A routine banana boat trip to Daru quickly evolved into a three hour sea epic with battering winds and high seas!

Collecting our kayaks (having been dispatched by sea ferry to Cairns) we navigated coastal waters to our customs clearance point in Daru just in time for our scheduled flight. Only to spend the next six hours in a shed waiting for a delayed flight! We did manage to pass the time with some contests, bets and quiz games.

Last night was spent at Owers’ Corner ahead of our pre-dawn start on the Kokoda track. We aim to reach Kokoda early afternoon on Sunday.

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See all the action!

More footage of the kayak leg. There is also plenty of action shots of the kayak leg via this album.

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Landfall on Daru

The team have made landfall on Daru, the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The completion of the second leg in two nights and nearly three days has been an amazing feat. Shaking off our sea legs the next stop is Port Moresby, thankfully by plane!

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Let the kayaking begin!

Exclusive action footage of the adventure taken from camera phone.

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Suarji Atoll to Gabba Island

Today we will set a bearing of 13 degrees from Suarji Atoll to Gabba island, a distance of approx. 45km. While the distance would not normally present too much problem to us the strong, predominantly South Easterly winds, with strong Easterly gusts, will test us. The sea conditions are approx. 1.2 to 1.5m, confusion and whitecaps abound. We have had to construct a makeshift hatch cover on David and Chris’ boat having lost the original in last nights high winds.

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Repair and reflect

After a very windy night on the coral atoll of Suarji were have taken the morning to repair boats, record thoughts and reflections on the journey so far and even get in a little “beach” football. We are all well pleased with yesterday (reflecting on it on a warm public holiday morning!!). More than 65km of open ocean paddling with seas to 2 metres and very confused, high winds gusting to 30 knots. Chris and David “practiced” capsizing and re-righting their boat about an hour and a half into what turned out to be 8 hours on the open water. In a high wind and confused sea this uses a lot of energy however as testament to our fitness, and a bit of mental toughness honed on our bike leg, we finished the day strongly.

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