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HISTORY & HERITAGE The Murray is an ancient place, with a living, breathing heritage. It's a place of legendary tales, trials and triumphs for you to experience in the historic towns, museums, walking tours, riverboat cruises and heritage areas. Evidence of Aboriginal settlement can be found all along the Murray, in shell middens, scarred trees and sacred sites. The most impressive site is Mungo National Park, where the discovery of bones has dated human habitation of the Murray-Darling basin to at least 40,000 years. It's best visited on an indigenous guided tour from Mildura or Wentworth. By comparison, European settlement of less than 200 years is a mere drop in the river, so to speak, but the Murray conjures up fascinating tales of explorers, pioneers, pastoralists and paddlesteamers! If you're interested in travelling in the footsteps of early explorers or roaming bushrangers, the Murray is a rich source. See the tree marked by Hume and Hovell on their 1824 expedition in Albury's Hovell Tree Park, or visit the site where Burke and Wills camped at Swan Hill on the 15th day of their ill-fated south-north expedition across Australia in 1860, and where they planted a Moreton Bay fig tree that still stands strong at 30m high. Step back in time to the mid 1800s, where vast areas of land on either side of the Murray were opened up to farming, creating thriving inland river towns prospering from the wool trade. The first paddlesteamer voyage on the Murray was in 1853 and within 10 years there were more than 200 riverboats chugging up and down the River and its tributaries, making it the busiest water highway in Australia. Learn about Corowa's contribution to Federation at the Federation Museum. Visit the historic station homestead and woolshed at Yanga National Park. Experience a preserved 19th century homestead at Byramine Museum, built by explorer Hamilton Hume in 1842. Discover the region's fascinating history at Nathalia's Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre. HIDDEN GEMS 12

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