Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) have launched an exciting tour sure to impress visitors and residents of the Midwest who love everything to do with the ocean and its interesting inhabitants.
The Marine Discovery Tour opens to the public next week and will take tour goers behind the scenes at the Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative for a look at their live Western Rock Lobster Factory.
Participants will also visit CRTAFE’s Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI), a specialist state-of-the-art training, research and development facility to observe the breeding stages of tropical fish, including Clownfish and view the very rare Ribbon Sea Dragons. The BCMI is a national award winning facility and Australia’s largest hatchery of marine aquarium fish such as Clownfish.
The three and a half hour tour ends with a delicious two course lunch at CRTAFE’s award winning training restaurant the ‘Zeewijk’, where participants can enjoy the outstanding service provided by TAFE’s hospitality and commercial cookery students and staff.
CRTAFE Portfolio Manager, Marine, Environment and Technology – Dr Suresh Job said CRTAFE was excited to be able to offer this fantastic experience to the public whilst providing practical training opportunities for students.
“The tours are organised and managed by our Tourism and Business students under the guidance and supervision of lecturing staff. Hospitality and Commercial Cookery students and staff also look after the preparation and full lunch service for every tour” Dr Job said.
“Our priority is to provide students with practical training opportunities to ensure our graduates are job ready, and the Marine Discovery Tour will provide students with valuable real-life experience in their area of study” he said.
“The Marine Discovery Tour also complements the existing tours and events offered in the City and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for those who attend” he said.
Tours will occur weekly on Wednesdays, commencing on 15 May. Tickets can be booked online through the Visit Geraldton website or by visiting the Geraldton Visitors Centre at 246 Marine Terrace.
Tickets are $65 for adults and $35 for children, and include all transfers, entrance fees and lunch. More information is available at visit.geraldton.com.au or by calling (08) 9956 6670.