The Mateship Trek was founded in 2008 as a bipartisan initiative by the Liberal member for Cook, Hon. Scott Morrison MP and the Labor member for Blaxland, the Hon Jason Clare MP after entering Parliament together at the 2007 federal election.

The Mateship Trek brings together young Australians from very different backgrounds to retrace the steps of the war time experiences of our defence forces to honour the sacrifice of our diggers and embed their stories in a new generation.

The Mateship Trek Patron is His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd).

The Mateship Trek brings together young Australians from very different backgrounds to retrace the steps of our war time experiences to:

  • Honour the sacrifice of our diggers and embed their stories in a new generation of Australians and carry forward their memory
  • Invest in realizing their potential to live a life worthy of our diggers' sacrifice
  • Demonstrate how young Australians from vastly different backgrounds can see past their differences and celebrate what they have in common as Australians; and
  • Raise funds to support our modern day diggers.

Gallipoli Mateship Trek 2015

The 2015 Mateship Trek retraced the steps of the Gallipoli soldiers and remembered them at a joint Australian/Turkish memorial service at Anzac Cove on Australia Day.

Eight young Australians of Turkish and Anglo-Celtic heritage travelled to Turkey and participated in the commemorations, along with Turkish and Australian soldiers who served in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Trek participants also be raised funds for Australian charity - Soldier On

Wau to Salamaua Mateship Trek 2013

In 2013, the Mateship Trek returned to Papua New Guinea, this time to walk the Black Cat Track.

Here in 1943, a series of bloody battles were waged and although not as well known as Kokoda, the 'Black Cat' campaigns were some of the most important fought by Australian forces in WW2.

Mateship Trek 2013 commemorated the 70th Anniversary of these campaigns between Wau and Salamaua.

Sandakan Mateship Trek 2011

In the lead up to Anzac Day 2011, Scott, Jason, together with Independent MP Rob Oakeshott and a group of young people from Cronulla, Bankstown and Port Macquarie set off on the Sandakan Track. They retraced the footsteps of more than 1,000 prisoners of war who were marched more than 200km from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. Only 6 Australians survived. It was the worst atrocity in Australia's military history.

Kokoda Mateship Trek 2009

On Anzac Day, 2009, Scott, Jason, and eight young people from their respective electorates set off along the Kokoda Trail. Over six difficult days, these young people from the beaches of Cronulla and the streets of Bankstown learnt a lot about each other - and about more importantly they learnt about an important part of Australia's history.

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