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Make a travel brochure

If you were a travel guide in the Murray–Darling Basin, where would you take your group? What stories would you tell? This project gets students researching places in the Basin around a certain theme, and then developing an itinerary that forms the basis of a travel guide.

Suggested themes

Students' itineraries could take in aspects of the natural environment, the human uses of the Basin, or both. Here are some suggested themes:

Food

Every bit of food or fibre produced in the Basin goes on a journey of its own, making for an interesting and revealing itinerary. Students could follow one example from farm to plate, or tour the industries within a particular region.

Recreation

Swimming, fishing, boating, camping, fine dining, history, water sports, or simply getting back to nature – the diverse landscapes and history of the Basin offer many opportunities for tourism and recreation. It's a theme that lends itself to a fun and adventure-filled itinerary.

Environmentally significant sites

There are many places in the Basin that are recognised nationally and internationally for their significance. This could be because of their rarity, their value to the environment, or their cultural/spiritual value. Students could investigate the Ramsar sites, or the River Murray icon sites for instance. For an overview, see this page on significant environmental sites.

Significant First Nations sites

Long before European settlement, the rivers provided for the many First Nations peoples of the Basin, who in turn shaped and cared for River Country. The cultural importance of some sites has been enshrined in designated World Heritage areas, but the interested traveller will find living First Nations culture and history everywhere they look.

Bioregions

Hot and cold, wet and dry, high and low: the incredible diversity of the Basin makes for a journey of contrasts. Students could examine a particular type of environment or 'bioregion' that interests or appeals to them, and highlight all it has to offer. The MDBA has an informative page about bioregions.

There are many more possibilities, so use your imagination!


Format ideas

Paper product

  • Students could develop a folding brochure, flyer, or similar.
  • Encourage students to think of ways they could entice someone to pick up their brochure.
  • They needn't be limited to text and photos; try maps, illustrations, or collage.

Digital brochure

  • There are many quick and easy website building tools out there, or students could try using a digital storytelling app.
  • If making a webpage it's easy to embed YouTube clips as well as Google Maps widgets (or even 360-degree 'street-view' imagery).
  • Consider linking the individual projects into a larger digital portfolio.

Considerations

  • What is the significance of your chosen places to your story/theme?
  • What would be the impact if we lost these places?
  • How are these places being looked after?

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We'd love to see your results. Email the Education team with your best examples and we'll be including a selection on this page!

Updated: 25 Oct 2021