Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Inland rivers

The inland waterways have a rich history as the transport corridors within the countryside.Before the construction of local road networks and train lines, they constituted thehighways of the rural landscape.

The River Murray has many navigable tributaries and is a pathway across vast spaces of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The river system travels through lush and arid lands. Its waters and river banks have been a major resource for Aboriginal communities over many thousands of years. The rivers and lakes systems of the rivers along the coast also saw major activities associated with agricultural activities, logging and other riverine transport. They often formed the nucleus of inland communities, around which townships flourished.

Many examples of shipwrecks and abandoned maritime infrastructure are still evident in these areas.

Page last updated: 31 August 2012