Australian Trail Tour: English as an Additional Language

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)



Designed to support students with English as an additional language to learn about Australian wildlife.

Program description

Australian Trail Tour: English as an Additional Language helps students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) to develop their understanding about Australian animals. Your students will practise using English to communicate about animal features and movement. They will observe animals in their zoo habitat and engage in hands-on activities to understand what animals need to survive.

The program addresses the needs of students through adaptive teacher-led activities and student-led exploration. Information is presented both orally and visually to suit different learning styles and levels.

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity and build their language skills before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will explore the Australian Trail with a zoo teacher to observe our incredible Australian native animals along the way. Students will discover the unique Australian habitats and environments and the animals who live there.

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo. 

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school.  


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop/s and safari bus tour time. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resource

Plan your excursion 

Australian Trail Tour: English as an Additional Language is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

School groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

Book your education experience

Fill out an online form to request a booking for your zoo education experience

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You will need to know the following to book your zoo excursion or online workshop:

  • Education program of your choice (if applicable)
  • Preferred date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level