William Angliss Institute Tourism and Travel

A blog for the travel and tourism areas of William Angliss Institute

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Penny Irons

A Day, A Week, A Month. Guiding Students on the Move.


 Completing the journey of Tour Guide Training, the students and  I have have traveled several hundred kilometers, explored a variety of  beaches and coastlines, walked rain forests and hiked sections of the Great Ocean Walk. These, now graduate, Interpretive Guides have a comprehensive working knowledge of Melbourne and the surrounding destinations as well as the South West of Victoria which includes some of Victoria’s most popular regional tourist attractions and destinations.

Mondays of Term 4 found the group in a variety of locations as each student hosted a “Guided Walk.” The walk designed and managed by them as an Assignment.


Olivia shared her knowledge of editable plants during her very informative tour of Fitzroy.


Yu helped us to interpret aspects of Australia’s cultural and natural heritage by using the lyrics of our unofficial Anthem, Waltzing Matilda, all whilst standing beside a billabong and then under a coolabah tree. Note the swag on her back…..


An afternoon with Elodie allowed us to view Ned Kelly with yet another perspective…..


The sustainable practices and secrets of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens were shared with us by Lisa.


And what a way to end our Monday afternoon tours.


Planning Can Be Fun.

In preparation and planning of our 5 day trip we visited similar locations to where our trip would take us, in order to become familiar with the flora and fauna of both coastal and marine environments and the cultural heritage associated with them.


McGregor Road Beach Black Rock


There’s more to this than meets the eye…..


Lorena makes a new friend

Another day, another Environment to explore. Still on the topic of Coastal Environments but adding a little Cultural Heritage.


Our class room for a day. Point Nepean National Park.


Exploring the Cultural Heritage of The Quarantine Station


And this was where you disrobed and prepared for your hot shower which was to rid you of any nasty diseases picked up during the long voyage to Port Philip. Lucky Anibal didn’t have to experience this.


Park Ranger Brendan gets us acquainted with the locals



Can you believe this was our class room!


It was a great day and it is only the beginning of the journey…


Great Ocean Road here we come….

Whilst taking us all over Melbourne on Mondays the students were also preparing for their 5 day Great Ocean Road and South West Victoria Trip. Planning was underway with all 5 teams, each  team being responsible for managing a Full 24 hour period of the Tour. This involved being up by 6 am to prepare breakfast and lunch for the group, tidy up and then have us all on the bus and ready for what was planned for that day. Each person having responsibilities for the management of the group, the tour, commentary and activities throughout. The day ended after dinner had been served and cleared away. To accomplish this sound planning, great team work, research and more research was required and this resulted in everyone having heaps of fun.

In the Beginning…..


Thomas took us to Bushwacker’s Bay. We stood on rock that had been laid down at a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth….


During Maca’s challenging and informative presentation at Kennett River Mario made a new acquaintance.


Exploring the Cool Temperate Rain Forest of Mait’s Rest


A well earned dinner at the end of Day 1

Dinatours. A 14 kilometer Hike ……

We were well prepared for today each member of the group receiving text messages alerting us to some of the highlights we could expect with the Dinatours Team.


An early morning start at Aire River


At the starting point with 14 kms to go……


And we made it back from beautiful Johanna Beach to eat a hearty meal prepared and served by the Dinatours Team.

Day 3 What These Rocks Have Seen


Grab a snack, and your lunch pack and don’t forget breakfast…


We come from all corners of the globe it just happened that Chile had the highest representation.


What is Loch Arde Gorge famous for apart form having fun?


Its all about how you hold it Mario….

Day 4 Wominjeka Tours


Themed and constructed around a day focused on Indigenous Cultural Heritage and the UNESCO site of Bunj Bim.


Our Guide Aaron was very popular.


Tour Guide for a day….Anibal


And the end of our day with Aaron.


Diner at Surfside Caravan Park Warrnambool


A surprise birthday celebration followed by very energetic Salsa Dancing. Need lessons contact Lorena……

Day 5 Water is essential

Concentrating on the landscapes formed by volcanoes of a time long past, the farming enterprises of Australia’s first peoples and those introduced by European settles. The highlight of our day being our tour at Branbuk Cultural Centre. Bill our guide as an inspiration to all aspiring Interpretive Guides.

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The magnificent Grampian Ranges.

What a way to end 5 days of great guiding, challenging walks, great meals and heaps of fun.

Back in the Day….

Cultural Heritage and the story telling used to share this knowledge is an important skill in a Tour Guide’s “skill set.” Tour Guiding Students traveled to Sandringham to learn about the early settlers of this suburb. The first land division was  bought by Joshua Holloway who named it Gypsy Village. The true origin of this name still has question marks attached to it.

A tour that had been previously been developed students from Sandringham Public School lent itself to demonstrating how information can be interpreted and presented to meet the requirements of a diverse and varied audience.Continue reading

What a way to spend your holiday….


During the semester break the 3rd Annual Wildlife Tourism Australia Conference was held in Geelong. Several Tour Guiding Students volunteered their time helping out with general administration and organisation of each day. They also assisted with question time at the end of Presentations,  and “scribed” for the “round table” discussions. It was a busy time but one that offered access to all the delegates and speakers, providing excellent networking opportunities.Continue reading

Chasing Gold

As our mid semester break was drawing nearer, the days were lengthening and the signs of nature were alerting us that spring was almost here the Tour Guiding Students were “chasing gold.” Following the Gold Sovereigns that mark out the path of the Golden Mile Walk proved to be a great way to learn how to mange Tour Groups, especially in the busy post lunch pedestrian traffic. We passed buildings that had previously not  warranted a second glance. Their Classic and Gothic architectural beauty enhanced only by the stories of those who had designed, lived  and loved in them.Continue reading

Stage 2 Tourism have had a very busy week

On a cold and wintry morning this week, Stage 2 Tourism students met outside the Royal Exhibition Building in preparation for undertaking a tour of Carlton Gardens and adjoining buildings and sites of historical interest. To enable students to experience a tour delivered through the medium of an App, they downloaded the MV Tours App ” Walk Through History.” This provided an opportunity for them to experience the pros and cons of such a product. The aim of the exercise being research to design their  own Apps and to become aware of the pitfalls this presented as well as the positive aspects. This generated plenty of discussion during the debrief.

The two groups then traveled to the Melbourne Zoo to see how sustainable practices are an important part of zoo management.

Tour Guiding Students

After a 2 day workshop run by Andrew, a First Aid Training Facilitator,  Tour Guiding 2 students are trained to cope with any injury or emergency they encounter on their tours.


Stage 2 Tourism Client Relations

Client Relations students undertook a “recci” to St Kilda during week 2 to commence  research for their Apps. Each student group will develop the design and content for an App. The topics for these Apps  range from the best places to eat on a budget, where to hear your favourite music, a range of leisure activities and several tours portraying the diverse cultural heritage of St Kilda.

Getting to know the precinct.