Dis­cover, hon­our Vic­to­rian mil­i­tary his­tory

North East Tourist News - - AROUND THE REGION -

THE Goul­burn River Val­ley re­gion, in the heart of Vic­to­ria, has a rich mil­i­tary his­tory con­sist­ing of count­less sto­ries of brav­ery and sac­ri­fice.

Vis­i­tors can now fol­low in the foot­steps of these in­cred­i­ble war heroes by dis­cov­er­ing the new Mil­i­tary Tour­ing Route, which hon­ours those who served in a 334km round trip across Euroa, Be­nalla, Shep­par­ton, Tatura and Murchi­son.

The jour­ney be­gins in Sey­mour, only 1.5 hours’ drive from Mel­bourne, at the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Com­mem­o­ra­tive Walk where vis­i­tors can hon­our the 60,000 plus coura­geous men and women who served in Aus­tralia’s most di­vi­sive war.

A wall of emo­tive images dis­plays the names of these vet­er­ans and the har­row­ing conflict they en­dured.

Next is the Australian Light Horse Me­mo­rial Park, lo­cated on part of Camp Sey­mour where guests can stroll through the park of what was once Vic­to­ria’s largest mil­i­tary train­ing and stag­ing fa­cil­ity un­til 1939.

The mil­i­tary route then pro­ceeds through a plethora of war his­tory in­clud­ing, RAAC Me­mo­rial & Army TRIB­UTE: The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Com­mem­o­ra­tive Walk in Sey­mour. PHOTO: Visit Vic­to­ria. Tank Mu­seum, Ital­ian Os­sario, Calder Wood­burn Me­mo­rial Av­enue, Ger­man War Ceme­tery, Tatura Ir­ri­ga­tion & Wartime Camps Mu­seum, Be­nalla Avi­a­tion Mu­seum and Hon­our­ing Our Heroes Me­mo­rial.

Mil­i­tary afi­ciona­dos can plan a pil­grim­age along the mov­ing Mil­i­tary Tour­ing Route in the Goul­burn River Val­ley re­gion by vis­it­ing www.heartofvic­to­ria.com.au/mil­i­tary­his­tory.

The in­ter­ac­tive map will help plan an un­for­get­table visit to this his­toric re­gion.

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