The Advanced Diploma of Tourism students have the opportunity to discover and experience a range of Tourism businesses along the Great Ocean Road as part of their study of small tourism and travel businesses.
Jirralinga in Ocean Grove and the Wildlife Park near Princetowm have given the students insights into the role of educating visitors about the diversity of native animals in this area. Both wildlife parks rescue native animals that have been affected by bushfires, road accidents and urban encroachment.
The overnight tour enables the Tourism students to observe and ask questions to the business operators about their management and marketing practices.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the Surf Coast highway is a must visit attraction to learn about and experience indigenous culture in Southern Victoria. It is inspiring to learn about Aboriginal history and culture plus a walk around the native garden and the gallery. Our guide showed us how to throw boomerangs and to appreciate the large range of native plants that have medicinal qualities.
The National Museum in Torquay is the best place to learn about surfing without getting wet.
The Visitor Information Centres at Torquay and in Lorne provide a comprehensive range of fact sheets, brochures and souvenirs for the visitor plus friendly staff to provide you with local knowledge
The Eco Logic tour in Aireys Inlet provided our group with a fascinating tour of the Split Point Lighthouse. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the ship wrecks along the Southern Coast with lots of interesting local knowledge of the Great Ocean Road.
The first day of the tour includes stops at Lorne and the nearby Cumberland waterfall plus the Koala Walk at Kennet River which has a large resident population of local cockatoo’s and parrots.
Our accommodation for the overnight tour is the YHA at Apollo Bay. It offers the great value, clean and friendly atmosphere with an open kitchen that has magnificent views and a cosy fire at night in the colder months. Being able to stay in Apollo Bay makes it a very relaxing drive through the Otway National Park to the Twelve Apostles which is always the highlight of the trip.
The best way to study Tourism businesses is to enjoy the experiences.