The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program provides ongoing professional development for tour guides, educators and other public-contact personnel in the tourism and education industries. It is an open network of like-minded professionals and interested parties coming together to continually improve the interpretation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Aims of the program
To build tourism industry knowledge of the World Heritage Area and its values and enhance visitor experiences.
To create networking, information and skill sharing opportunities for Wet Tropics stakeholders.
To build awareness of land manager and Aboriginal Traditional Owner protocols.
Who can join?
The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program is open to anyone who has an interest in presenting the unique qualities and values of the Wet Tropic World Heritage Area. While tour guides are the main participants, many people have joined to find out about becoming a guide, or build their skills and enjoyment in roles such as coach driving, visitor information centre, hospitality and airport public contact, or teaching related secondary school programs. We welcome offers from tourism, researchers and other stakeholders to participate as presenters or partners in the program.
Become a Wet Tropics Tour Guide
To become a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide you must:
attend two full field schools (two-day events held annually in various locations)
complete 3 course units ('Developing Flora, Fauna Landscape Commentary', 'Presenting the World Heritage Area as a Cultural Landscape', and 'Prepare and Present Tour Commentaries') (delivered in conjunction with field schools)
undergo a field assessment of your knowledge and skills.
Upon completion, guides receive an official certificate and badge and they (and their employers) can promote their status as a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide. Certified guides are acknowledged by the region’s tourism organisations as leading interpreters of the Wet Tropics, and are increasingly used for media escort roles, presentations to groups and other contact opportunities.
Field schools are a series of professional development presentations, workshops, updates and familiarisations over two days. Newcomers to the industry, experienced guides and operators all find value in these two-day programs.
For more information about upcoming field schools email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Wet Tropics Tour Guide mailing list.
Tour guides wishing to start or continue the process of becoming a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide can sign up for workshops (usually held just before a field school) that cover the three key units and provides valuable resources.
For more information about upcoming workshops email email@example.com to join the Wet Tropics Tour Guide mailing list.
A field assessment of your skills is required to complete your Wet Tropics Tour Guide certification. This can be done in conjunction with your regular tours or alternative arrangements can be made.
Wet Tropics Management Authority
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
Tourism industry operators and attractions
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Regional and local tourism organisations and visitor information centres.