Pre-conference fieldwork study tour: Western Victoria
Four days/three nights incorporating the Great Ocean Road (coastal geomorphology), Western Districts (volcanic landscapes), Grampians/Gariwerd (land conservation and tourism) and Narmbool (wind farms and agriculture near Ballarat).
Dates: Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 January 2017
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Day one: A fantastic itinerary has been developed that will commence with a visit to the Yan Yan Gurt West agro-forestry farm at Deans Marsh. We then continue along the Great Ocean Road observing the effects of bushfires and recent landslips at Wye River. The first night will be spent at Kangaroobie Camp where you will sample local produce on the veranda overlooking the Gellibrand River and beyond to the Port Campbell National Park coastline.
Day two: We head to the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Port Campbell National Park Visitors Centre where we spend a morning studying the stunning coastal geomorphology of the region. After lunch in Warrnambool we continue to the dormant Tower Hill volcanic crater and the Volcanoes Discovery Centre at Penshurst before spending the night at Dunkeld — the southern gateway to the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd).
Day three: We set off for the magnificent Brambuk cultural centre near Halls Gap where we will learn about the indigenous heritage, ecosystems and landforms of the Grampians (Gariwerd) region. After lunch in Halls Gap we make a visit to a local winery before viewing a wind farm. We spend the night at the magnificent and historic pastoral property Narmbool Lodge where we learn of the issues faced by a working farm and the impact of bushfires in the area.
Day four: Our final day focuses on issues of fire management and tourism in the Ballarat region before returning to Melbourne by 2.00pm.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner are included in cost and provided in house except Saturday dinner which will be at a venue in Ballarat. Participants will purchase lunch from suggested cafes at own cost.
Accommodation: School camp-style bunk rooms. No single rooms are available. Participants should bring their own sleeping bag or may opt to rent one from the conference organisers at a cost of $35.00.
Group size: 30 participants
Links to the Australian Curriculum: Geography
The pre-conference fieldwork study tour has been carefully planned to ensure that sites visited have direct links and relevance to the Australian Curriculum: Geography. These include
Year 8 Landforms and Landscapes — Volcanoes
Year 9 Biomes and Food Security — Sustainable farming
Year 10 Environmental Change and Management — National parks and coastal regions
Year 11 Unit 1 Natural and Ecological Hazards — Fire risk minimisation
Year 11 Unit 2 Sustainable Places — Impact of tourism on selected places
The AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.