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How to become a Tour Guide

Tour Guides accompany groups of people or individuals on sightseeing, educational, historical, adventure, and other types of tours, walks and guides. It is their job to be knowledgeable about the place they are showing and answer any questions people might have.

If you want a career that will keep you on your feet, are a real people person, and want the opportunity for travel, becoming a Tour Guide could be the perfect career for you.


About you:


  • Excellent communication skills
  • A real people person
  • Fit and healthy
  • Active and energetic
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Organised and efficient
  • Can work well independently
  • Patient and resilient


The job:


  • Meeting and welcoming visitors
  • Leading groups through pre-arranged activities
  • Providing commentary on places and things of interest
  • Answering any questions visitors might have
  • Planning an itinerary for the day
  • Keeping visitors from wandering or getting lost
  • Ensuring visitors are safe and comfortable during the tour
  • Arranging transport to and from tours


Lifestyle Impact: Moderate


  • Part Time opportunities: Very High –around 53% of Tour Guides work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 48 hours a week, which is above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Tour Guides’ salary (average) $50,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Stable (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be spending your time in a variety of locations, depending on your job. You will most likely be spending a lot of time on your feet, and will need to work on weekends and during holidays.


Tour Guides are most in demand in these locations:


This is a small occupation, with around 4,700 people working as Tour Guides in Australia in 2016 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). Tour Guides are needed across Australia, but there is higher than average demand in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Most Tour Guides work in the Administrative and Support Services, and Arts and Recreation Services industries.

There is lots of opportunity for you to travel as a tour guide, showing people famous sites and places around the world.


How to become a Tour Guide in Australia


There are no formal qualifications necessary to work as a Tour Guide in Australia. However, VET qualifications can boost your employability.


Step 1 – Complete at least Year 10 with a focus on English and Maths.


Step 2 – Consider studying a VET qualification such as a Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism, or Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership.


Step 3 – Ensure you have any other relevant qualifications, such as First Aid and Driver’s License.


Step 4 – Find work as a Tour Guide.


Step 5 – With lots of experience and skills, you could even consider opening your own Travel Agency or Tour Company.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do Tour Guides do?


Tour Guides are responsible for leading and informing tour groups on a variety of different kinds of tours.


Which industries employ Tour Guides?


Tour Guides are mainly employed in the Administrative and Support Services, and Arts and Recreation Services industries.


What options are there for career progression?


You might start out working for a tour company, and with lots of experience start your own company or travel agency.


Do I need to go to university to become a Tour Guide?


No formal qualifications are necessary to work as a Tour Guide in Australia. However, VET qualifications could be useful.


Where do Tour Guides work?


Tour Guides are needed all across Australia, and the world.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Tour Guide?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Tour Guide is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Start thinking about which type of tours you would like to lead. Do you love art and culture, or are you more interested in outdoor adventures?
  2. See if you can find work experience in the tourism, hospitality or recreation industry. This can help you build valuable skills and make connections.
  3. Talk to someone who works as a Tour Guide or watch videos and see what a day in their life is like.

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