Great Transport Race to set pace in Melbourne’s west

Added: 26 April 2012

Local students are gearing up for an action packed adventure across Melbourne’s west as they compete in the Great Transport Race qualifying heat on Tuesday 8 May.

Racing against schools from across the west, students will set out from the Windy Hill Venue in Essendon, catch public transport to secret pit stops and take on challenges to earn time bonuses. It’s just like the Amazing Race in your neighbourhood. Nineteen schools and more than 140 students are participating in the west heat this year.

Some great prizes are up for grabs for grand final winners, including a $2000 cheque for the winning school and various vouchers for students.

Schools set to compete in the western heat are:

Altona P-9 College MacKillop College
Ave Maria College Manor Lakes College
Boort district School Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
Braybrook College Rosehill Secondary College
Caroline Springs College Springside Sacred Heart College Geelong
Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs Sunbury College
Copperfield College Kings Park Victoria University Secondary College Brimbank
Covenant College Victoria University Secondary College Deer Park
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College Westbourne Grammar
Kensington Community High School

Public Transport Victoria Director of Communications Matt Phelan said the Great Transport Race was a great opportunity for students to learn how easy it is to catch public transport to places in their local area.

“The race is a great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and put their learning into real-life practice. This year more than 540 year 7 – 10 students will use map reading and navigational skills to race around Melbourne on public transport against schools from across Victoria. While brushing up on geography skills, students learn safe and independent travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses.”

To get the winning edge, students should start studying public transport routes in the area and use the Public Transport Victoria journey planner to set practice trips.

Four qualifying heats will be held in Melbourne’s north, south, east and west, with the top five teams from each moving on to the grand final in the city on Tuesday 22 May.

The Great Transport Race is a fun and engaging experience that helps students learn the ins and outs of Melbourne’s extensive public transport network and is open to Victorian secondary school students in years 7-10. For information visit

The Great Transport Race brought to you by Public Transport Victoria is supported by Melway, Carmans and the Moonee Valley Council.