Darren Osborne

About Darren

Our Haul Truck Driver Darren 'Ozzie' Osborne has seen some things when he has been trucking, but nothing compares to the terrain, history and culture he spots when on the Kokoda Trek.

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Darren's inspirations

Who is someone that inspires you?

This is a hard question, as many people shape your life in different ways, but I’ll say Billy Slater.

Why do you want to complete the Kokoda Trek?

I was lucky enough to complete the Kokoda Trek last year with 100% Kokoda, I loved every minute of my time on the track. I believe that I’m still learning about the history. To have had a privilege of wearing the Australian Army uniform for a number of years, then walk in the foot steps of our brave soldiers is an honour I don’t take lightly. The porters of 100% Kokoda are just amazing humans, they treat you as if your family, the bond that you achieve with your porter is truely one of the highlights of the trip, so I highly recommend having a porter. The food porters do an amazing job as well so I recommend engaging with them when time permits. I look forward to many more trips on the track, and I look forward to walking with a group of strangers to me now but in the future friends that I will have shared laughs, tears and memories that will last a lifetime.

What do you hope to get out of completing the trek?

I want to achieve more memories with the PNG families along the track. I want to soak up the history of our nation and all that was completed so we live a safe and free country that we are today. I look forward to meeting new friends whom we can share our stories as we have similar backgrounds and goals.