From the 13th – 15th of April the Certificate III in Guiding students climbed aboard the magic TasTAFE bus and headed to Cockle Creek.
Whilst there, the students were given specific topics on the history of the area to interpret and then deliver a mini tour to their peers.
Students learnt about the first European meetings with Tasmanian Aboriginals, the French botanists who gathered species and attempted to plant gardens, the extraordinary effort that went in to the first mapping of the area in 1792-1793, the high stakes whaling industry that made the area boom, and the late white inhabitants of Cockle Creek that held on to their homes in the wild area after the industry left.
Amongst all the history, the budding guides got to stretch their legs with a walk to South Cape Bay (the first or last leg of the South Coast Track) where the ever knowledgeable teachers imparted their flora and fauna knowledge to the group.
It seems the sun follows this year’s group, as we had unprecedented perfect weather for this wild place in the south.