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