On the 14th of March the Tourism and Travel students went for a trip around the bay. Our first stop was Avalon Airport where we learnt that international flights will be starting there next year, so we got to see the proposed site for the new passport control and customs services that will be necessary. Travelling via the Geelong waterfront we then arrived at the Fort in Queenscliff; where our tour guide informed us of the history of the forts at the Port Philip Heads, and we learnt of the purpose of the dual lighthouse system of ship navigation. Onto the ferry we ploughed over to Sorrento and headed up to Arthurs Seat. After a quick lunch we all went for a ride on the Eagle gondola ride, and got to experience the best views of the bay that you could ask for. We then proceeded to the Frankston Visitor Information Centre where we spoke to the local council Tourism officer to learn of all the work that councils do the encourage and support the Tourism industry, and heard from the staff member in charge of the huge volunteer workforce that they utilise. Over all we had a wonderful and informative day.
What a wonderful trip to Philip Island we had again this semester… Lots of Spring joeys in the pouches of the gorgeous array of marsupials at Moonlit sanctuary, chicks in the homes of the Little Penguins, and wildlife everywhere. The Vietnam Veterans museum was fascinating as our VET guides answered any and every question, and we learnt so much about accessibility, when we hired the beach wheelchair and got our wheelchair bound student onto the beach and into the water for the first time in 20 years. Joy all round.