Melbourne Geography and Places Tour

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OUR two-hour school excursion, commencing and finishing at Federation Square,  explores the changing geographic and urban characteristics of Melbourne places from the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr to the Hoddle Grid and iconic Melbourne buildings and structures such as Flinders Station, Federation Square,  lanes and arcades, St Pauls, Eureka and others.
STUDENTS are involved in a variety of interactive learning experiences during the tour including being allocated identities of key historic people who have influenced the evolution of the city. We include how Melbourne’s geography has been utilised and changed by Indigenous people, colonists and contemporary society.
TOURS are usually two hours long by arrangement but can be adjusted to your needs, starting and finishing at Federation Square.
GROUPS  of up to 25 students each receive their own tour leader.

LEARNING THEMES
HOW
Melbourne places over time since settlement to today have been important to particular people and their cultures.
SIMILARITIES and differences between characteristics of Melbourne places.
EXAMINES how Melbourne’s natural features, vegetation and differing climates have been utilised and sustained by Indigenous people and later settlers and contemporary Melbournians over time and how they have valued the land in different ways. We use many early images.
WHY it is important to protect and sustain our land.
HOW our land is different in some ways to other countries.
EXPLORES iconic places such as Federation Square tell important stories e.g celebrate the uniting of British colonies to become States as well as First Nation.

ROUTE
Our route can vary with weather, time available, construction etc but normally includes Federation Square to Birramung Marr Park, then downstream following the Yarra or Birrarung River through as far as Queens Bridge including passing Princess and Evan Walker bridges, Southbank, Eureka building, Indigenous places, Queens Bridge (the site of early settlement) and Sandridge Multicultural Bridge. Students return via landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, Degraves Street, Flinders Lane, Flinders Statue, Batman’s former  property and St Pauls Cathedral.

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‘We were thrilled with yesterday’s Geography excursions. The girls haven’t stopped talking about it today and I have received lots of positive feedback from parents. The information you presented, connected beautifully with our key learning outcomes for this unit. From yesterday the girls have developed their understanding of how places change over time and the impact people have on places. Giving each student a different identity was crucial in capturing their interest and tuning them into the colourful and interesting history of Melbourne..’
Methodist Ladies College
We had a fantastic time and learned so much!!
Spensley PLC
Thank you once again for the wonderful tour. Our students really enjoyed the day and the great enthusiasm you showed them. We will be definitely recommending the tour to the other teachers at the campus.
Sirius College, Ibrahim Campus

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