How to become a Tour Guide

Tour guides accompany visitors on local tours and guide tourists within a specific country, region, area, city or site. They provide special information on history, archaeology, monuments and works of art, the environment, culture, natural and built attractions, places of interest, and any general matters of interest to the visitor.

Personal requirements of a Tour Guide

  • Mature
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Patient and tactful
  • Understanding and acceptance of different cultures
  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent general knowledge of Australia and regional touring areas
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to think logically
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job

Education & Training for a Tour Guide

You can work as a tour guide without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a tour guide through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Entry to this occupation may also be improved if you have relevant experience in the hospitality or tourism industries. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 4.6%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.7%

QLD 28.9%

SA 1.5%

TAS 6.6%

VIC 15.6%

WA 4.5%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 48.8%

Female 51.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 35.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 35.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 44.5%

Above 35 years: 53.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Companies that specialise in ecotourism or nature-based tourism may require tour guides to hold a diploma or degree in science, ecotourism or a similar subject. First aid qualifications are generally required by employers. Age limits may also apply.
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