The Liveability of Melbourne – School Geography Excursion

TAKE a voyage through the iconic lanes, streets and buildings of Melbourne, a city voted seven times the most liveable city in the world.
EXPLORE the environmental, social, cultural, economic, identity and infrastructure factors that make Melbourne liveable. This excursion supports studies of Geography and Liveability.
HOW does ‘walkability’ assist in making Melbourne liveable?
HOW do we assess places for their liveability and sustainability? 
WHAT are the challenges and threats to Melbourne’s liveability?
 is influenced by connections between people and communities. We provide different Liveability identities to each student during the tour to profile people who have been influential in  Melbourne’s liveability e.g IDENTITIES  

ROUTE:  Our route may vary depending on construction, time, weather etc. The two-hour school tours usually commence and finish at Federation and usually travel via the Atrium, Birramung Marr, Hosier, Flinders Lane,  Degraves, Collins, Lt Collins, Bourke, Swanston exploring buildings, lanes and the creative spaces of the city centre including aspects such as infrastructure, environmental quality, safety and stability, health care and education, climate, cultural activities, access to shops and services, and recreational facilities.



MELBOURNE has witnessed a spectacular regeneration since 1994, having been ranked seven times the most liveable city in the world. Its city centre population has grown from 400 to  181,000 persons. In 2008 it became one of the first United Nations Cities of Literature.  In 2016 it joined with 100 Resilient Cities  to protect its liveability.  How did this amazing transformation occur in little more than two decades. Can we use this understanding to compare and improve other localities? To better understand similarities, differences and characteristics and how perceptions influence protection?

I write with much appreciation to thank you for the ten wonderfully engaging and professional
Geography Liveability tours you provided for our students.  I have had only the most positive of feedback from staff who seemed to be just as engaged in the tours as our students!  Also, I thank you for the support you provided prior to the tours. 
Thank you once again. , Brentwood Secondary College,
Thank you so much for the fantastic liveability/historic walking tour of Melbourne that you provided our five groups of Year 5 students. All of our students were thoroughly engaged throughout the walk ( so much so that not one of the 104 of them complained about walking !!!) and were able to make some real connections between sites, events and people in history ! Their understanding of the changing diversity of Melbourne was enriched by the experience. I would highly recommend your tours to other schools. Feedback from each class was that each of the guides was excellent and we loved the fact that not all groups visited the same thing so they’ve had lots to talk about and compare since! Thanks again for an outstanding educational experience!  Mernda Primary School