YEAR 9 - YEAR 10

Join our Education Officers on Puffing Billy to investigate the career pathways of the railway. Students will examine the location, its interconnectedness, and the impact the railway has on people, places, and environments throughout its history. Issues and challenges to employment and tourism in the local area, and to the railway, will be discussed, alongside the impact of Puffing Billy Railway on the local, regional, and natural environments, economies, and cultures.

Through the lens of both staff and volunteers’, students evaluate the job roles on offer at the railway and the effectiveness of various departments to enhance visitor experience at Puffing Billy.  They investigate the growth of tourism at Puffing Billy and examine management and techniques being used to ensure Puffing Billy is environmentally, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable with many jobs for young people in the future. Students can use this information to inform their future career interests and perspectives.

A smiling barista is making espresso coffee at the Puffing Billy's Menzies Creek Museum Cafe
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During their virtual visit!

Students will have an opportunity to converse with, survey and hear from Puffing Billy Railway staff and volunteers to discuss careers and the impact of tourism at Puffing Billy Railway and the Dandenong Ranges.  Students will research challenges to the railway and the job roles created to overcome these and enhance the visitor experience. By understanding the various careers and opportunities at Puffing Billy students will be informed about future career prospects at a tourism destination and in the steam rail industry. Students will think sustainably about the impacts of the railway and future solutions to reduce the environmental impacts of people and technology to biodiversity at the Railway, locally, regionally, and globally. Students will also be presented statistical data which they will use to understand the future of the railway and the role youth have to play in the interconnectedness between Puffing Billy Railway, local, domestic, and international tourism.

Curriculum links

Curriculum Resources

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.


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Please contact the Education team for any further questions by emailing or calling 03 9757 0700.