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.
To become a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide you must:
Upon completion, guides receive a certificate and badge and they (and their employers) can promote their status as an official Wet Tropics Tour Guide. Wet Tropics Tour 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 across two days. Newcomers to the industry, experienced guides and operators all find value in these two-day programs.
Individuals wishing to start or continue the process of becoming a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide can sign up for workshops (usually held in conjunction with a field school) that cover the three key units and deliver valuable resources.
To complete your Wet Tropics Tour Guide certification applicants must complete a skills assessment in the field. Guides can do this in conjunction with their regular tours or make alternative arrangements.
The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program is a partnership with
the Wet Tropics Management Authority and Savannah Guides, with the support of
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, local and regional tourism organisations, and nature-based tourism operators.
For more information about upcoming field schools, workshops, and programs or to subscribe to the Wet Tropics Tour Guide mailing list contact Russell Boswell at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0408 772 513.
Examples of presentations/content from previous field schools:
Wet Tropics and Savannah Guides are continually building the online resources available to program participants.
Tropical Topics is a great resource for for interpretive themes and information on Wet Tropics habitats, flora and fauna. You’ll also find savannah topics in some later editions.
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