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Rivers of Australia: A Journey Along the Murray (ATOM Study Guide)

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Narrated by Tony Barry, one of Australia's most distinguished and highly respected actors, Rivers of Australia: A Journey Along the Murray is a unique feature-length documentary that follows two southern adventurers – James Livingstone and Albany Asher, along with their faithful canine companions, 'Onyx' and 'Rocco' – on an awe-inspiring kayaking journey along Australia's longest river: the Murray.

The Murray River is the lifeblood of Australia. Spanning 2756 kilometres across three southern states of Australia, one would expect such a large river system to be one of the most well-known and visited locations in the land down under. But it isn't quite so. The majesty of the Murray is unknown to the vast majority of the world's population, and hence James and Albany endeavour to take the audience on an epic (and very authentic) journey to meet Australia's longest river, revealing its beauty and its charms; to meet the salt-of-the-Earth river dwellers; to explore conservation projects and innovations that benefit the river; to learn of its history, the Indigenous culture, the wildlife, the science and engineering, the townships ... to take the audience somewhere they have never been before.

From Bringenbrong Bridge in New South Wales to the Coorong in South Australia, Rivers of Australia: A Journey Along the Murray is an epic adventure of grandeur – two kayaks, two explorers, two cattle dogs, and one mighty Murray River!

Curriculum Links:

Rivers of Australia: A Journey Along the Murray can be linked to the following subject areas within the Australian Curriculum:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics and Business
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Media Arts
  • Design and Technologies
  • English

It also links with the Australian Curriculum's cross-curricular priorities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Sustainability

It also supports the Australian Curriculum's general capability:

  • Ethical Understanding

The documentary could also be used within an Outdoor Education program (Years 5–10) or to support planning any school journey such as a day trip, expedition, overseas tour or similar (Years 5–10).

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