The Sir John Monash Centre and the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front

Last updated: 
30 January 2020

When it is completed in 2018, the Sir John Monash Centre will become the central ‘hub’ and premier site of the Australian Remembrance Trail (ART).

The ART has been in development since it was funded in the 2009-10 Federal Budget and serves to help Australians and other visitors to the Western Front learn about the Australian experience of war in France and Belgium during the First World War.

Importantly, the ART builds upon and partners with the existing efforts of French and Belgian communities to commemorate Australian service, some of which date back to the 1920s. It spans much of the nearly 200 kilometres of the Western Front where Australians served: from the Channel coast of Belgium to Montebrehain in France.

The ART is able to inform and guide visitors of all ages, levels of fitness, and amounts of travel time. Visitors can view key locations at which Australians fought, and visit high quality interpretive centres that present Australian material, while also visiting related sites of Australian interest.

Each of the ART sites tells a localised story; the Sir John Monash Centre will be the only site on the Western Front where visitors will be able to discover the entire Australian story of the Western Front and our contribution to the First World War.

To learn more about the Australian Remembrance Trail please visit the Australians on the Western Front 1916-1918.

Download a digital copy of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front Brochure:

A map of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front

A map of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front.

The Battle of Fromelles Museum, at Fromelles in France

The Battle of Fromelles Museum, at Fromelles in France.

The Plugstreet 1914-1918 Experience, at Ploegsteert in Belgium

The Plugstreet 1914-1918 Experience, at Ploegsteert in Belgium.

A render of the completed renovation of the Franco-Australian Museum, at Villers-Bretonneux in France

A render of the completed renovation of the Franco-Australian Museum, at Villers-Bretonneux in France.