Our tour guiding students have been busy presenting their tour at an attraction/site of their choice. Students had to use interpretation, product knowledge, OH&S principles, and presentation techniques within a 1 hour timeframe. Not an easy feat but they managed very, very well!
We visited the Docklands to learn about its maritime importance, and the various facilities to visit including Harbour town, past Etihad stadium and into the Docklands Library.
Students learned about the history of some of Melbourne iconic laneways and beautiful Block Arcade modelled on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. The tour took us past the many coffee shops, restaurants and little stores of Degreaves Street, through Central Place to the Block Arcade. We finished off the tour with a sample tasting at Haig’s Chocolates which is still in the same family after 4 generations.
Melbourne Central was a treat for shopaholics who learned about a variety of different stores but also the Lion Hotel which holds a weekly language exchange session, the Bright Notes piano sessions, Coops Shot Tower history, etc. This iconic tower, located under Melbourne Central’s glass dome, produced 6 tonnes of lead per week! The Coop family, who started off in plumbing but expanded to creating lead bullets were the largest producers of ‘shot’ in the Southern Hemisphere.
The State Library was another great tour starting with some of the statues in the front, and heading to the reading room viewing platform as well as some of the fascinating galleries where students listened to stories of the 1956 Olympic Games, Victoria’s first settlement disaster of 1803, William Buckley’s return to civilization after escaping 32 years earlier, and the infamous Ned Kelly.
The beautiful Carlton Gardens was the setting of another good tour. Students were told about the fauna and flora of the gardens and a brief overview of the history of the buildings within these such as the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building which hosted two major exhibitions in the 1880s, saw the opening of the first Australian Parliament (when Melbourne was the capital) in 1901. Since then The Royal Exhibition Building has served as a venue for housing Australian War Memorial war memorabilia, a migrant reception centre, weight-lifting and basketball events during the Melbourne Olympic Games and events such as the annual Flower Show.
The Certificate IV in tourguiding is all practice, practice and more practice in the field which enables the students to gain more confidence in a practical way.
Looking forward to the next presentations!