A group of Tourism students are sitting on the Puffing Billy train, they are smiling and waving. They have been investigating sustainable tourism.

Puffing Billy and sustainable tourism

Last Friday the Year 11 Geography class made their way to Belgrave and visited Puffing Billy as a part of their case study on sustainable tourism. They spent the morning with Education Officer Peta Howard and Marketing Executive Ashley Woodrow who talked to the class about various environmental and social impacts of tourism.

The class learnt about the different services, events and train rides that they offer in order to maintain its sustainability for the future, Peta and Ashley also discussed the ways that they managed to overcome obstacles like COVID-19 which significantly impacted visitors and tourist levels.

Throughout the day students surveyed the visitors, volunteers and employees to collect primary data on how sustainable Puffing Billy really is. The class also rode the famous Puffing Billy train and witnessed first hand the pollution and ash that impacts the local environment and residents.

Sophie Warren
Senior School Teacher