TRAIL OF THE BOLD
THE Park of the Australian Soldier features a dramatic, life-sized bronze sculpture by Peter Corlett of a Light Horseman leaping a sandbagged position as he lies close to the horse’s neck and grips a bayonet. The park has been created by the Pratt Foundation in co-operation with the Beersheba Municipality.
Another project in development is the Anzac Trail, a 60km route that follows the approach march of the Light Horseman and the route of the charge. Although much of the area has been built up in the intervening years, signs, trail markings and audio posts relating to the battle will enable re-creation of those events.
Visitors will be able to do the trail by foot or vehicle. The project is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund Australia, which supports environmental projects in Israel. Still in the planning stage with Israeli authorities, the first four of about 22 stations along the trail are to be ready in
Israel Travel Centre, a division of Jetset Rose Bay and an official partner of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, specialises in travel to Israel. All-inclusive holiday options include Anzac Day and Beersheba Light Horse tours, which feature dawn service on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem and Anzac war sites and memorials, including the new Park of the Australian Solider in Beersheba. In 2009, tour dates are April 24 to May 4. More: (02) 9371 8166; www.israeltravelcentre.com.au.
Tribute: Richard Pratt, left, and Shimon Peres