Tour Guide Jobs for Backpackers

Pedicab Riders Wanted Get Fit Earn Money

East Coast Pedicabs Cairns, Cairns

Published: 25th August 2019

Pedicab riders wanted get fit earn great money! Riders making between 800-2000 a week. We are in cairns Festival... Read more

2nd Year

Pedicab Riders Wanted

East Coast Pedicabs Cairns, Cairns

Published: 8th August 2019

Get fit earn great money!We are looking for new Pedicab riders in our cairns location. The riders generally make... Read more

2nd Year

Motor Cycle Tour Guide

scooter roo tours AGNES WATER / TOWN OF 1770, Queensland

Published: 24th November 2018

Looking for an experienced rider with a full Motor bike license to join our team, as a tour guide, with the famous... Read more

Customer Service/tour Guide And Kitchen Hands

Qantas Founders Museum Longreach, Queensland

Published: 24th April 2018

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and energetic people to join our team as Customer Service personnel, Tour... Read more

Powerboat Tour Guide - Sydney Harbour

Explore Sydney Harbour Rose Bay, Sydney

Published: 5th September 2017

We are looking for a highly motivated, professional and resourceful tour guide to guide our customers through Sydney... Read more

German Speaking Tour Guide / Travel Agent

Work and Travel Company P/L Haymarket, Sydney, Sydney

Published: 17th July 2017

Sydney CBD location6 month position – start ASAPCasual dress code and fun working environmentThe Work and... Read more

Photographer

BikeTrp  Sydney , New South Wales

Published: 23rd November 2016

We are looking for Photographers for a new tour guide App to help create content all across Australia.This is an... Read more

Korean Tour Guide

Paronella Park Mena Creek, QLD, Cairns

Published: 11th November 2016

Hi all!Paronella Park is currently looking for a Tour Guide who speaks both English and Korean.Must have... Read more

Mobile Tour Guides, Earn Money And Travel The World

Neale  Melbourne , Melbourne

Published: 22nd September 2016

Do you know where the cool places are to go?The most interesting places to see?Can you ride a bike?Want to... Read more

Korean Tour Guide

Paronella Park Innisfail/Mena Creek, Cairns

Published: 20th July 2016

Korean speaking tour guide at Paronella Park-Tour guiding for Korean guests in Korean Language-Needs to be fluent... Read more

Handyman/&orhousekeeping

Chettle Hallett cove, Adelaide

Published: 6th June 2016

I need someone to rebuild a small deck, some painting of pergola and gutters, gardening, and help with cleaning... Read more

Hostel Volunteers

Worldpackers Anywhere

Published: 18th October 2014

Are you heading overseas for the trip of a lifetime? Traveling on a budget? Why not volunteer at a backpackers hostel... Read more

Assistant Manager/tour Guide

Blinman Progress Association Blinman SA Flinders Ranges

Published: 27th February 2014

This position is in the tourism industry and involves taking our visitors on an historic underground mine tour. We... Read more

Flinders Ranges, Port Augusta

Simon Adelaide

Published: 26th October 2013

Hi,Doing my house up after I had a fire, have a lot of easy jobs to do and need an extra hand in doing these jobs,... Read more

Tour Guide Jobs in Australia

As a working holidaymaker, you probably have a passion for travel. So why not turn that passion into a profession (at least temporarily)?

Working as a tour guide offers a fantastic opportunity for 417 and 462 visa holders to not only see the best bits of Australia, but to show them to other people, and to get paid to do it!

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Where are most tour guide jobs located?

Tour guide jobs are found anywhere that tourists are found. The centre of Sydney, the middle of the outback, and on the islands and coastlines that make Australia such an alluring destination.

The more touristy the destination, the more tour guide opportunities there’ll be. A place like Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, might only have a population of 1200 people, but there’ll be almost as many tour guide opportunities there as there’ll be in cities of five million like Sydney and Melbourne.

What tour guide jobs are available to working holidaymakers?

Tour guide jobs aren’t limited to simply guiding tourists. There are many different roles to be filled within a tour company, including:

  • Tour guide: Whether a city guide, dive guide, trek guide, boat tour guide or Contiki guide, you’ll see a lot of sights, but you’ll also be responsible for ensuring the tourists are safe and happy.
  • Assistant tour guide: A common role for backpackers, assistant tour guides help to ensure the tour runs smoothly, and may not need the skills and depth of knowledge that the main guide does.
  • Salesperson: Tourism is a competitive industry, so many tour companies hire people to actively sell their services.
  • Office worker: A tour company is like any other company - phones need to be answered, accounts need to be balanced, and workers need to be paid - so in-office jobs are available too!

What qualifications are needed?

While the company that employs you will need to be registered as a tour operator, there are no legislative controls in place for the tour guides themselves, and companies create their own requirements. First aid training is a must for tour guides, while job-specific qualifications like a PADI certification may also be required.

What is the pay like?

As many in the industry will tell you, being a tour guide isn’t about the money, it’s about the experience. Spending all day in beauty and putting smiles on people's faces can feel like payment enough. You’ve still got to eat though.

Tour guide pay usually hovers around the minimum wage, although Australia has the highest in the world - around $20 per hour - so this isn’t as bad as it might sound. And while Australia doesn’t really have a tipping culture, tour guides who host international visitors may enjoy a tip for their troubles.

Pros and cons of tour guide jobs

So should you look for tour guide work as a backpacker? Let’s sum up the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Fun and exciting work
  • Plenty of part time and casual opportunities
  • May count as specified work for your second/third year visas (if it’s in a remote area)
  • Get paid to see Australia’s most popular sights

Cons

  • There are higher paying jobs
  • You’ll be working where others are holidaying and partying
  • It can be a fickle industry

Should you be a tour guide as a working holidaymaker? If the pros outweigh the cons, if you’re ready for the responsibility, and if you quite enjoy being in front of a crowd, it’s a fantastic option!