School Tours

The Great Stupa located just outside of Bendigo, is the largest Stupa being built in the Western world. It offers an educational and fun excursion for school children of all ages.

Experience one of Victoria’s largest cultural attractions

Explore the largest Buddhist stupa in the western world, right here in Bendigo! Students will embark on a 1.5 hour tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide, beginning in our Visitor Centre. After viewing a short introductory film giving some history of the site, students head out into the Peace Park to learn about interfaith harmony with installations from Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai and Buddhist faiths.

Students will be awed when going inside the Great Stupa temple where the guide will talk about Buddhist culture, architecture and art, with time for a Q & A at the end. Students will have the opportunity to learn humanities concepts that link to curriculum standards, as well as develop intercultural and ethical capabilities. Tours can be tailored to the students’ year level and curriculum outcomes.


Please complete an online request via the ‘book now’ button below or fill out our School Tour Request Form and send it back to or The Great Stupa, PO Box 869, Maiden Gully VIC 3551 to make a school tour request.


$80 for 10 or less students
$8 per additional student

Optional meditation:

no extra charge


Teachers / carers free


(Tour prices are subject to change)


We recommend 1.5 hours


Students can BYO a vegetarian morning tea or lunch to have in the Peace Park


Ample parking for coaches


We experienced a meditation which was amazing and we really appreciate how hands on and interactive our experience was. We have students in our class who are not Catholic and they were excited to share their faith with us. Thank you!

– St Mary’s Primary School Hay


The group thoroughly enjoyed the tour and I was pleased to hear that they were very forthcoming with their questions and really soaked up as much information as they could.

– Cynthia Holsworth, ACA Manager, Bendigo South East College


…we want the students to experience traditions and knowledge of Buddhism and see it as an example of how the Buddhist community has been accepted into the wider Australian society.

– Colin Finn, Religion and Society Teacher, Notre Dame College Shepparton