William Angliss Institute Tourism and Travel

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Birgitta March

Marvellous Melbourne, or was it Smellbourne?

This week, our budding tour guides set out on the Golden Mile walk to learn about our history and the ‘tricks and hints’ to use to be an effective tour guide.  This audio tour starts at the Immigration Museum where the students listened to the risk management issues associated with walking tours. They learned about Melbourne’s historical periods starting when John Batman, our founder, who started a small village along the banks of the Yarra river.  But did you know the river was then called Bay-ray-rung? A real tongue twister… Walking further, they saw the ornate buildings built with the gold rush money. Melbourne quickly became the fourth largest city in the British Empire. By the 1880s, we had become the”Lady of the South” or “Marvellous Melbourne” because of our incredible rich Victorian and gothic architecture. However we were locally known as Marvellous Smellbourne as sewerage was only connected to Melbournians by 1897… Next time you pass the back of the Rialto building, you may notice a rather tiny sign with that history…

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Famils to 3 different hotel types in CBD

Our tourism students went on 3 site visits, known as ‘famils’, to gain product knowledge. On our list were the St. Jerome’s Hotel, known for its luxury urban camping.  It has 20 luxurious tents on the rooftop of Melbourne Central and despite the 38 degrees outside, they felt very comfortable as they are air-conditioned.  Luke gave us a comprehensive tour to talk about the amenities and services on offer.

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A fantastic koala conservation day in the You Yangs Regional Park

What a fantastic koala conservation day for our tour guiding students!  Despite a threatening sky, 14 students met Echidna Walkabout Tours bright and early to head down to our western plains.  The You Yangs Regional Park is 30+ hectares of bushland suitable to koalas and is an easy 45 minute drive from Melbourne.  The group was led by two wildlife and koala researchers who rotated the students to do two tasks: ‘bone seeding’ and observing koalas.Continue reading

Would you like to be a Penguin Guide?

If you are interested in volunteering (and getting valuable experience!) as a penguin guide in St Kilda, please contact www.earthcarestkilda.com.org.au or email Kitty : earthcarepenguinguides@gmail.com

Training is at 10 am-12 pm on Saturday 19 September so be quick!

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Podcast tour of St. Kilda on a very wintery Melbourne day…

It was very cold and rather wet but the tour guiding students were ready to explore the sordid past of St. Kilda through a pod cast named “Skirt by the Sea”. This audio tour does a loop from Luna Park, past the Palais to the St. Kilda foreshore whilst sharing its history, its ‘colourful’ past and tales about some of the residents such as Moira Mirka; the French ‘artiste’ who made a beautiful mosaic display on the foreshore.Continue reading