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The Eora creek crossing was an excellent defensive position on the Kokoda Trail . On 1 September, 1942 it was successfully defended from its' east bank for 2 days by the retreating Australians who were against a much larger Japanese force. Constant rain, the deep ravine and swirling Eora creek with limited log crossings made the area a nightmare in which to fight.

Seven weeks later it was a tired Japanese force that had to defend this position against the now advancing Australians. The Japanese resisted determined frontal attacks by fresh Australian troops from 22 October for over a week. Australians, advancing on the west bank of Eora creek, eventually overcame the enemy. When almost encircled, the Japanese hastily abandoned their positions and retreated 10 kilometres beyond Kokoda Village to Gorari.

Eora Creek village once in the center of much of the heavy fighting, now lies abandoned. The crashing, haunting noise of the fast flowing creek below brings vividly to mind the turmoil of battle, and the men who fought here so long ago.


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