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Hiking Guide Courses

A Hiking Guide takes groups of participants on hikes in natural areas. You might work with people in targeted groups such as tourists or beginning hikers or you might take experienced hikers for more advanced tours. Hiking Guides may provide information on the natural environment or about the area where they are located.

Hiking Guides should be physically fit and knowledgeable about hiking trails. It’s important that you have good interpersonal skills and can communicate well with people from a range of backgrounds. Hiking Guides may promote or advertise their activities and be passionate about physical activity. You’ll ensure safety standards are being met during hiking activities.

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Popular Hiking Guide Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Hiking Guide earn?

In Australia, a full time Hiking Guide generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Hiking Guide?

This industry has seen strong employment growth over the last five years. There are currently 6,800 people working as outdoor activity instructors in Australia and some of them specialise as Hiking Guides. Hiking Guides may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Hiking Guide?

If you’re planning a career as a Hiking Guide, consider enrolling in a Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership. You’ll cover topics including organising group activities and interpreting weather and environment conditions. This course also explores managing group safety, responding to an emergency and operating communications equipment. A Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation may also be suitable.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within outdoor education and tour guides. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.