A PLAN for a Murray River adventure trail linking Albury and Mildura will be studied in the next two weeks.
The trail would involve travel on both land and water — walking, cycling, kayaking and canoeing.
The 15 councils that make up the Murray region will be consulted as part of a $120,000 feasibility study, commissioned by the Murray Regional Tourism Board with federal government support.
Albury tourism operators and council staff will attend a workshop at the council’s offices tomorrow to consider the issue.
The tourism board’s chief, Mark Francis, said the idea had grown from the board’s master plan revealed in May.
“The plan identified gaps in the market, including the lack of river-front tourism,” he said.
“This is something we have developed to attract new visitors, increase length of stay and provide opportunities for adventure-tourism operators.”
Mr Francis said it was a critical project that would bring the region under one umbrella.
“We don’t know what it will look like,” he said.
“It could open new opportunities for new business and for others to expand.”
The Albury Council’s Murray River Experience already links Wonga Wetlands to Lake Hume for 82 kilometres.
“We have created pieces along the way, but we are after a link,” tourism team leader Sue Harper said.
“We want to bring our smaller trails and parks together. It’s about increasing Albury’s tourism product and tourism in the wider region.”
Mr Francis said the concept plan and extensive mapping work should be completed by February.