FOR some, walking the 96-kilometre Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea is a physical and mental challenge.
For others, it's about retracing the footsteps of the Australian soldiers who battled the Japanese there from July 1942 to early 1943.
For Canley Heights RSL's duty manager, David Taylor, who will take to the track this week, it's a bit of both.
"It's something I've been wanting to do for a while now," Mr Taylor said.
"I've heard a lot about it and I want to challenge myself. I've also had an interest in the history of it, so doing this trek will satisfy my needs. I'm really pumped and cannot wait. The experience is something I'll remember for the rest of my life."
Mr Taylor, who lives in Fairfield Heights, was given the chance to walk the gruelling track through the RSL and Services Clubs Association's Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge program.
He will be among 42 people from all over Australia who left for the Owen Stanley Range in PNG on Monday.
Mr Taylor said he was looking forward to the 12-day trip and stopping at all the major battle sites along the track.
"It's going to be unreal," he said.
More than 33,000 Australians have walked the track since 2001, mostly through organised group walks.
Mr Taylor said he had benefited from the financial support provided by Canley Heights RSL, as well as from its sub-branch, to help him along the way.