News

Kokoda Trail epic just a glimpse of what the Diggers endured

NEW TOOLS: Rockhampton man Cliff Caton learns new skills in the jungle, as he treks the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea earlier this month. Inset: Rockhampton’s Cliff Caton, Jenny Harrison and Chris Baartz, take in the stunning scenery. Inset: Cliff and his group.
NEW TOOLS: Rockhampton man Cliff Caton learns new skills in the jungle, as he treks the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea earlier this month. Inset: Rockhampton’s Cliff Caton, Jenny Harrison and Chris Baartz, take in the stunning scenery. Inset: Cliff and his group. CONTRIBUTED

CLIFF Caton spent months in training, but nothing could have prepared him for what he'd experience on the Kokoda Trail.

Not only did the Rockhampton man spend days trekking through the jungle in Papua New Guinea, he stumbled on some family history.

While visiting a cemetery before going on the trail, he discovered a soldier's headstone with his exact initials and family name.

"That blew me away," Cliff said.

Cliff's now looking to find out if the headstone belongs to his great uncle, or a distant cousin.

The headstone wasn't the only surprise during Cliff's trip, with the terrain on the trail more than he had imagined.

Cliff and 15 others trained physically for months to take on the harsh conditions of the jungle, that saw Australian soldiers fight the Japanese in 1942.

After two hard days of uphill climbing, Cliff said he had to use his mental strength to get through.

"At the end of day five you get to a point where if you hadn't been training you would've struggled," Cliff said.

"We kept our spirits up by trading jokes, singing and keeping our momentum up."

The nine-day trek saw them hike for eight hours a day, carrying packs weighing 8kgs.

But Cliff knew that was nothing compared to what our soldiers went through.

"You have to keep reminding yourself of the soldiers; what we were going through was minimal," Cliff said. "Soldiers were carrying around 45kg of gear.

"You don't realise the solemness of the place until you're there," the 53-year-old said.

FUNDS FOR A GOOD CAUSE

A fundraiser promoting Cliff Caton's Kokoda Trail experience in May raised $1000 for the Soldier On foundation

The foundation helps to rebuild the lives of returned servicemen and women within the Australian Defence Force

Topics:  kokoda trail papua new guinea



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Police: Lock it lose it this Christmas

Police generic.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Police out in force over Christmas period

OPINION: Parliament House protesters follow non-violent path

PURE FRUSTRATION: A pro-refugee protester speaks to the media outside Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

MP Canavan demands pro-refugee protestors should "pay the price”

VIDEO: New Capricorn rescue hanger

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry at the sod turning ceremony for the new RACQ Helicopter Rescue complex at Rockhampton Airport.

"The others could learn from this service,”

Local Partners

VIDEO: New Capricorn rescue hanger

CRITICAL medical treatment in emergency situations across CQ are set to be boosted in 2018 after the sod turning of a new rescue helicopter hanger today.


6000+ flock to CQ Eat St round two

HUGE SUCCESS: More than 6000 people attended the CQ Eat St event at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday night. INSET: Musician Aaron Hamilton.

Thousands flock to Showgrounds for food and markets

NITELIFE: Were you snapped out on the town?

L-R Maddy McDonald, Trinette Stevens, Brogan Ramm, Bianca Philp and Hannah Doherty at Flamingo's On Quay. Photo Liam Fahey / Morning Bulletin

See who was out and about in Rockhampton over the weekend

Rockhampton plays host to Jackasses

The Jackass boys are coming to Rockhampton for one night only.

They're bring their special brand of self-injuring stunts with them

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!