For young Australians in particular, education programs are critical in providing a framework for personal interpretation. Almost 200,000 Australian school students are visiting Canberra each calendar year, a number that had previously been forecast to fall due to the lack of interest in educational tourism. Fortunately, not only for educational purposes, Canberra is experiencing a boom in tourism numbers from schools, domestic and international visitors.
Spring, the season of celebration
Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 30th year, from Saturday 16 September until Sunday 15 October 2017. It showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free. The event welcomes more than 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors each year.
Schools from all over Australia are visiting the capital in record numbers, sighting the civics and citizenship program as a major draw card. The National Portrait Gallery seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people through portraiture. Visitors can meet extraordinary Australians from diverse backgrounds and professions who have contributed to making Australia the place it is today and what if might be in the future.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre has been rated the most satisfying attraction in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), a large centre with more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. These findings were the result of a report commissioned by the National Capital Educational Tourism Project (NCETP).
Coach is King
Great to see that so many people visiting the region are doing so by coach, with schools coming from as far away as Perth, what choice do they have? This has enabled capital expenditure to be allocated towards improving coach access to most of the local attractions, making it a coach goers dream holiday when comparing to other major cities.
Christian’s Bus Co have been taking public tours and school camps here for more than 20 years. Kevin still has availability on this tour coming up in October 2017, a 5 day tour priced at $1,365 per person twin share. Highlights include: Floriade, Lake Burley Griffin, Mt Ainslie, Parliament House, Cockinton Green, Federation Square, Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House, Botanic Gardens, Telstra Tower. Click Here to find out more.