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International Tourist Guide Day is celebrated on a new  rescheduled day Sunday 28 March 2021

WE INVITE THE PUBLIC TO BOOK AND JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THIS DAY

Tour 1
Riverfront
BOOK FREE TOUR 1
Tour 2
Laneways & Arcades
BOOK FREE TOUR 2
Tour 3
Significant Places
BOOK FREE TOUR 3

Celebrate, support and promote the important work of tour guides in our cities and regions who have been impacted by COVID-19.

About this Event A great guide is worth their weight in gold!

Many of us book a tour guide when visiting somewhere new. But have you ever considered the value of a tour guide to rediscover your own city or region?

Due to Covid uncertainties in Melbourne we will be celebrating  International Tourist Guide Day on 28 March 2021, professional guides accredited with the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia are offering FREE 1 HOUR WALKING TOURS of Melbourne.

Choose from 3 tour itineraries. Each tour offers different perspectives of the waterfront, laneways or significant buildings. Your FREE TOUR GUIDE will bring to life the people, events and places that have contributed to Melbourne’s story. See below for an example itinerary, although this may vary according to each guide’s expertise and area of interest. You can expect to walk 2km on smooth paths.

Tour 1 Riverfront

  • Tour begins at Federation Square
  • Understand references to the culture of our First Nations’ Wurrundjeri people pre-colonisation
  • Wander through our world-class Arts precinct
  • Discover the importance of the Yarra River to the early British and European settlers
  • As we cross the river, appreciate the significance of bridges that seamlessly connect the CBD and Southbank
  • Peel back the layers of time and development to find older low rise buildings among the modern skyscrapers
  • Find the best photo spots to capture Melbourne’s skyline and points of interest
  • Includes recommendations for great places to eat and drink and things to do on your own
  • Tour concludes at Federation Square  BOOK TOUR 1 HERE

Tour 2 Laneways & Arcades

  • Tour begins at Federation Square
  • Understand why Melbourne’s laneways and arcades are a unique feature of our city
  • Take a ‘deep dive’ into a street art mural or two
  • Explore lesser known routes away from the main streets
  • Find the quirky cafes, bars and shops operated by local creatives
  • Note the architecture features of the beautiful arcades and industrial ‘back streets’
  • Includes recommendations for great places to eat and drink and things to do
  • Tour concludes at Federation Square  BOOK TOUR 2 HERE 

Tour 3 Significant Places

  • Tour begins at Federation Square – Swanston Street Forecourt
  • Take a closer look at our built environment which is intimately connected to Melbourne’s story and reinvention over time
  • Learn some new facts and stories about familiar places like Young & Jacksons Hotel, Flinders Street Station, St Pauls Cathedral or Fed Square itself
  • Find out why Collins Street is the ‘Paris’ end of town
  • Discover an unnoticed, but important, monument or sculpture
  • Admire opulent buildings like the Nicholas and Manchester Unity Buildings and sites with newly-renovated facades
  • Includes recommendations for great places to eat and drink and things to do that will inspire you to become a tourist in your own city more often
  • Tour concludes at Federation Square BOOK TOUR 3 HERE 

COVID Safety – Tours will operate according to a COVIDSafe Plan, including 1.5m social distancing, appropriate hand hygiene, maximum 10 participants per tour and contact tracing.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL – BOOK NOW to secure a ticket for your FREE WALKING TOUR with a PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE of Melbourne.

 

UPCOMING PD WEBINAR FOR ALL PTGAA MEMBERS

What style is that? Architectural Styles of Australia – Twilight Talk Series for PTGAA Members and Friends

This lecture series introduces the major architectural styles to be found in Australia. The lectures will be considered chronologically. The aim of the series is to give participating guides and architecture lovers a greater general awareness of our built heritage as well as assisting them in the identification of the major architectural styles of Australia. Kenneth has been giving lectures the past 3 months and they often sell out so he has arranged these lectures especially for the PTGAA.


WED 17 MARCH 2021 5.30 – 6.30 PM

LECTURE 3 – Post-War & Late Twentieth-Century Period Onwards

Book using this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BMWCV

Cost $15.00

KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for just on thirty years. This role sees him responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership/loyalty and public relations.

An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. In Melbourne, Kenneth has been leading historical and architectural city walking tours for well over thirty years. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’. His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life!

 

MEMBERS ONLY PTGAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

The Shrine of Remembrance

TUESDAY 23 MARCH 2021  11.00AM

We invite members to join us for a famil of a familiar place!

The Shrine of Remembrance is one of the most important buildings in Victoria and an awe inspiring place to take visitors for both the sacred aspects of the site as well as for the stunning views back to the city skyline.

Our host will share/educate us:- 

Significant aspects of the building’s construction and many of its symbolic features.

How to present the Shrine to visitors respectfully with an understanding that this special place is more than a tourist attraction.

  Pre-Booking essential and numbers are limited BOOKINGS HERE 

 

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