1 Feb 2008

Fabled PNG Kokoda site discovered

5:01 pm on 1 February 2008

A group of researchers is claiming it has found the "Golden Staircase" climbed by Australian diggers on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War.

Australian soldiers trudged up and down the muddy, metre-wide trail of man-made steps to face battles at Imita Ridge, where they had been ordered to repel the Japanese.

NSW Liberal MP and Kokoda enthusiast Charlie Lynn says he and a team of PNG locals made the discovery with the aid of global positioning satellite technology, Second World War survey maps and local knowledge.

Mr Lynn says he's convinced the site has been found, with several weapons pits found in the overgrown jungle, indicating a large body of men would have been present at the site.

He says local knowledge passed down to his PNG guides supported his claim that the staircase site had been rediscovered.