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

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 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.

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

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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…..

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

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

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And what a way to end our Monday afternoon tours.

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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.

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McGregor Road Beach Black Rock

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

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Lorena makes a new friend

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

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

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Exploring the Cultural Heritage of The Quarantine Station

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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.

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Park Ranger Brendan gets us acquainted with the locals

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Can you believe this was our class room!

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

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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…..

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

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

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Exploring the Cool Temperate Rain Forest of Mait’s Rest

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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.

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An early morning start at Aire River

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At the starting point with 14 kms to go……

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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

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

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

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

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Its all about how you hold it Mario….

Day 4 Wominjeka Tours

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

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Our Guide Aaron was very popular.

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Tour Guide for a day….Anibal

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And the end of our day with Aaron.

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Diner at Surfside Caravan Park Warrnambool

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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….

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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

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