The field school participants discovered why Kuranda is ‘not just a village in the rainforest.'
The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program is part of the Authority’s commitment to ensure visitors to far north Queensland receive a world class visitor experience and appreciate the incredible biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority Tourism and Partnerships Manager Dr Paul Chantrill, said participants had the opportunity to see Kuranda through the eyes of locals.
“Over the weekend, participants gained a greater appreciation for Kuranda – its colourful history and importance as part of the second most irreplaceable World Heritage Area on earth.”
The two day field school featured talks and organised tours by Kuranda community leaders, Traditional Owners, tour guides, researchers and wildlife experts. It incorporated a guided tour by Djabugay rangers and a trip on Skyrail.
The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Training Program was initiated by the Wet Tropics Management Authority in partnership with the regional tourism industry to improve the presentation of the region’s world heritage values to our visitors. The initiative includes a comprehensive online course and bi-annual field schools. The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program contributes to Certificate iii and iv in tour guiding. The program is delivered through Savannah Guides with funding from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.
Dr Chantrill said that one of the most beneficial outcomes on the weekend was the camaraderie between the tour guides.
“It’s great to see the guides interacting and exchanging ideas and knowledge. At the field schools, guides are not competing for business but sharing and strengthening their skills. This will assist them to deliver world class tourism experiences to visitors to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.”
For more information about the tour guide program visit the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s website at http://www.wettropics.gov.au/tour-guide-training.