Australia’s largest Murray River tourism and travel promoters, Discover Murray River, have developed a new trail and experience to educate visitors on the importance and diversity the Murray region’s contribution to the war efforts while honouring the legacy of Australian diggers for the future.
The River of Honour is Australia’s only Tri-State war trail following the Murray River through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia starting in Canberra.
The new tourism trail and experience has stemmed from Discover Murray’s extensive knowledge and networks along the Murray River. There are many war memorials, RSL Clubs, museums, soldier settlements, war heritage and internment camps in the region to be discovered.
Promoting the Murray’s war heritage for an even more reflective generation of travelling Australians is valuable. This includes the growing RV travellers who enjoy the region’s towns, heritage, food and wine and national parks.
The suggested trail itinerary can begin at the Australian War Museum in Canberra, travels through Victoria starting at Corryong in the Alps, through New South Wales and South Australia to end at the Indigenous War Memorial in Raukkan, South Australia in the Coorong, yet ultimately hugging much of the Murray River as you go.
Many stories such as the history of the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum, a WWII war base feature along the Murray War Trail and more stories keep appearing. “Our goal is to continue building a legacy for the Murray and to honour the rich history of the region and its contribution to Australia’s war efforts. Both with soldiers serving but also food production and resources for our country” Shane Strudwick, Director of Discover Murray River said.
“On the eve of the Centenary of Gallipoli it’s an appropriate time to reflect on our country’s war hero’s, their contribution and sacrifice, ultimately allowing us to enjoy our lifestyle today” Shane continued.
Mr. Strudwick sees a wonderful opportunity for Robinvale in Victoria to also feature predominantly on the Discover Murray River War Trail. “Robinvale is sister town with Villers Bretonneux, France. Villers Bretonneux was the key to halting the German’s advances on the Western Front in WWI and also where the town’s founder’s, Herbert and Margaret Cuttle’s son, Lieutenant George Robin Cuttle was unfortunately killed in air combat.” Shane said.
“Having a sister town, equivalent to Gallipoli on the Murray River ensures we have a spiritual connection to Australia’s war heritage on the Western Front. Long term I’d love to see Australia’s first Regional National War Memorial based at Robinvale,” Shane continued.
The Discover Murray War Trail directly links to the long established Discover Murray River Trail and Murray River Apps and Passport. The Murray River website was established since 1998 is the go-to website for the Murray River region. Soon the Discover Murray River War Trail will have its own print material along with the digital presence that has already begun to grow with neighbouring regions keen to be part of this unique journey.
“Its imperative that the Murray River region, along with other parts of regional Australia are acknowledge for their efforts during all wars that Australia have served. The River of Honour aims to preserve, remember and express gratitude for the wonderful life we have today in one of Australia’s most important and unique regions” Shane said.
Google ‘Murray River War Trail’ for more information and links or visit www.murrayriver.com.au/murray-river-war-trail/ (external website)