VCE (YEAR 11 - GEOGRAPHY)
Join our Education Officers at Puffing Billy Railway to investigate the characteristics of tourism in the Dandenong Ranges. Students will examine:
- The location of the railway, its interconnectedness, and the impact the railway has on people, places, and environments throughout its history.
- Issues and challenges to tourism in the local area and to the railway.
- The impact of Puffing Billy Railway on the local, regional, and national environments, economies, and cultures.
Through the lens of ethical tourism, students evaluate the effectiveness of measures taken at Puffing Billy Railway to enhance the positive or minimise the negative impact of the railway on the surrounding environment. They investigate the growth of tourism at Puffing Billy Railway and examine management and techniques being used to ensure Puffing Billy Railway is environmentally, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable.
Students will use fieldwork techniques to gain statistical data from multiple information sources including Puffing Billy Railway staff, volunteers, digital images, streamed videos, and presentations. Students can use this information to inform a fieldwork report back at school, analysing the impacts of tourism at Puffing Billy Railway.
Puffing Billy Railway offers a range of pre- and post-excursion curriculum-linked resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom and at home. All resources are based around the topics of Energy/Force/Motion, Past and Present, Design and Technology and Biodiversity.
Program details and information
Half Day (approx. 10.30 am - 2.30 pm)
Monday - Friday during the Victorian School Terms
TEACHER/LEADER TO STUDENT RATIOS
VCE | 1:10
Guided Student | From $24.90
Guided Teacher/Leader | From $36.00
OPTION 1 | RETURN JOURNEY
Meet the Education Officer at Belgrave Station at 10:15am for an 11:15am departure (approx. 1-hour journey). Disembark at Lakeside Station at 12.15pm. Enjoy lunch, the Lakeside Visitor Centre, an Educator led workshop and the natural surrounds. Board Puffing Billy at 2pm and return to Belgrave Station at approx. 3pm.
OPTION 2 | SINGLE JOURNEY
Meet the Education Officer at Belgrave Station at 10:15am for an 11:15am departure (approx. 1-hour journey). Disembark at Lakeside Station at 12.15pm. Enjoy lunch, the Lakeside Visitor Centre, an Educator led workshop and the natural surrounds. Depart on your school bus from Lakeside at 2pm. Other options can be scheduled according to Puffing Billy Railway timetable.