Koala sitting a a branch gazing towards the camera with its back partially covered in eucalyptus leaves.

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, VCE


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term) | Available from February 2020

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students



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

Program Description

Students will explore the Australian Trail with a Zoo-based educator seeing our incredible Australian native animals along the way. Students will learn about the unique Australian environments and learn who lives there. 

Our Australian Trail Tour is designed to give students with English as an additional language the opportunity to learn about Australian Wildlife and how we care for them at the zoo. Students will have the opportunity to observe animals in their zoo habitat. Explore a range of objects to understand what animals need to survive and learn about how we meet their needs at the zoo.

The program addresses the needs of students through:

  • Adaptive, teacher-led activities
  • Creating opportunities for student-led exploration and the chance to learn about the needs of animals and how we can care for them
  • Information is presented both orally and visually to suit different learning styles and levels and the chance to interact with objects aids in student discovery
Activity Duration
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Australian Trail Tour where students will:
  • Learn about Australian animal adaptations
  • Gain an understanding of Australian animal habitats
  • Learn what Australian animals need to survive and how we care for them at the zoo                        
30 minutes (can be shortener to meet needs of students)
Explore the zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Plan your excursion 

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

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information 

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

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