Tourism Australia familiarisation for BBC Earth Winners

20 June 2018

*Photos courtesy of Tourism Australia.

The BBC Knowledge Magazine School Challenge, sponsored by Tourism Australia in Kuala Lumpur, strives to inspire youths to be curious about their environment.  The students were tested prior to their trip on topics ranging from nature, science and history in Australia.  The winning team together with media representatives went on their journey to Melbourne recently.  Their story and experiences shall be featured in the magazines BBC Earth and Escape.


Trip duration in Melbourne – 18/03/2018 to 22/03/2018


Graffiti or Art – an orientation tour of Melbourne

D1 (L/D) 18 Mar 2018 –   Meet & Greet at Melbourne Int. Airport.
*City tour of Melbourne – Fitzroy Gardens, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Federation Square, Arts Centre, Shrine of Remembrance, Street Art of Hosier Lane
*Explore the café scene of Melbourne visiting the alleyways of boutique cafes and eateries.
*Tour on to Brighton Beach and view the colourful beach huts


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

D2 (B/L/D) 19 Mar 2018 –

*Warrook Farm – watch sheep shearing demo, cow milking, tractor ride and enjoy a farm-style bbq lunch

*Panny’s Chocolate Factory – watch chocolate cooking and learn fascinating facts on all things chocolate

*The Nobbies – spectacular coastal viewing from the boardwalk and chance here to catch sight of the Fur Seal Colony


Phillip Island sunset with penguins

Watch the Penguin Parade this evening of the little penguins waddling home from a day out at sea


Fancy reliving the last Western frontier…

D3 (B/L/D) 20 Mar 2018 –

*Spend a day exploring Sovereign Hill which tells the story of the great mid-19th century Australian gold rushes but also recreates the excitement of life on the goldfields during that era gone by!  There is a Diggings, with a creek where you can pan for real gold, a living Township with dated period shops, hotels and factories, costumed staff enacting the good old days, a deep underground mine to explore and learn about 1860s mining techniques, a Chinese Camp and many other sights and activities that are beyond description and best enjoyed in their presence.


More than meets the eye at the Royal Botanic Garden

D4 (B/L/D) 21 Mar 2018 –

This morning roll up your sleeves and immerse in an outdoor learning environment at the Royal Botanic Garden (Working Wetland Program).


Didn’t Grandma say never to lock horns?

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy Melbourne very own “African Safari” at the Werribee Open Zoo for an interactive wildlife experience like no other where you meet the friendly koalas, Tasmanian devils, free roaming kangaroos, emus, wombats, cheetahs etc.


Hello or is it Farewell

D5 (B/L) 22 Mar 2018 –

*Visit/shop – Queen Victoria Market (closed Mon & Wed) for souvenirs to bring home.
*This afternoon, depart for Melbourne Airport for flight home.