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Canberra Excursion 2.0

The PACER scheme sure does sweeten the deal. But we've got the attractions - and the inside scoop on them - that'll have you signed, sealed and delivered - all the way to the ACT!



The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate is the Australian Government’s initiative and sees students in Years 4 – 12 receive financial assistance to put towards travel to our nation’s capital. Of course, guidelines are in place, and all the information and application details can be found on their website – but it opens the window of opportunity to see, explore and experience Canberra in brand new ways. How, you ask? Just read on, teach!

 Australian Institute of Sport

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Australian Institute of Sport

From witnessing the country’s top athletes in training to testing their own skills in interactive exhibits to taking in some of Aussie sport’s most unique and quirky memories and memorabilia, the AIS is sure to be a highlight of your student’s year. Inspire (and tire them out!) throughout February 2018 and score 50% off the tour cost! Quote AISFEB18 at the time of booking. 

 Botanic Gardens

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Australian National Botanic Gardens

Outdoor. Interactive. Curriculum-linked. Grassy. Shady. Fresh-air-soaked. Patriotic. Eye-opening. Restful.

Sold yet? We thought so. Treat your students to a facilitated education program surrounded by our nation’s stunning flora and fauna during Term One and receive a complimentary resource pack bursting with posters and a copy of ‘Australia’s Garden’.

 Canberra Arboretum

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National Arboretum Canberra

Gardens are great. The Arboretum goes one better. Adventure into this living collection of rare, symbolic, endangered trees and open your student’s minds to the concepts of conservation, ecology, geography and the human footprint. These trees hold stories of yesteryear and begin to instil notions of social responsibility and nature in students, supporting sustainability and environmental education movements. Not to mention the panoramic views of the capital, Lake Burley Griffin and the Brindabella mountains! First term visits receive a free guided coach tour of the site.

Zoo and Aquarium

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National Zoo and Aquarium

Forget cages and stuffy exhibitions! Here, your students delve into interactive, educational experiences in a picturesque yet safe environment – offering face to face encounters from feeding bears to becoming friendly with snakes. This one is special – and discounted! Guided tours taken during first term score a 20% discount!


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Surely this one needs no explanation. Australia’s leading science centre has underpinned every ACT trip for generations, with over 200 hands-on exhibits and that six metre slide; and is offering daytime interactive workshops at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Term 1 FOR FREE. We’ll stop the superfluous chat – we know you’ve got some booking to do!

 National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery

In these days of Instaspam and in-front-of-their-Facebook, portraiture has been somewhat obscured but no less ubiquitous than centuries past. Transport them to a world where people were painted, not filtered, and introduced them to some of Australia’s most important, historically significant and well known individuals. With programs centred around visual art, English, history, civics and cititzenship or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activism, and a free copy of the Galleries’ 2018 catalogue for your library when you visit in Term 1; this one is sure to be special.


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National Film and Sound Archive

Make them forget the contemporary culture; this country was founded on a memory and character that they’ve probably never been too familiar with. But they will after a visit to NSFA: home of Australia’s audio-visual heritage.

Engage their senses as they operate authentic film and sound equipment, hear the music and voices of our past and view defining moments in their history and culture. They’ll be so captivated they’ll forget all about those pesky notifications. First term visits score two activities for the price of one!

 Image from Sydney Morning Herald

Image courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald 

Royal Australian Mint

Money talks. But we’ve got a little more to say!

As well as learning how coins are made, making your own $1 coins, witnessing robots at work and discovering our country’s fiscal history; every first term visitor will leave with their own complimentary pocket magnifier. Just what they always wanted.

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