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Outdoor adventure guide

Outdoor adventure guides lead a wide range of outdoor leisure activities. They may work with groups or one on one. Victoria’s regions are seeing more visitors each year. Many experience providers need adventure guides to meet demand.

Find out what an outdoor adventure guide does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is an outdoor adventure guide?

An outdoor adventure guide helps people take part in outdoor leisure activities. These could include: 

  • fishing
  • hunting
  • bushwalking
  • bungy jumping
  • white water rafting
  • mountaineering.

You may give instructions or perform demonstrations. You may look after equipment or help your business meet safety and quality standards. 

Find out more about outdoor adventure guides(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for other outdoor adventure guides in Australia is $1,264.  

Source: Labour Market Insights(opens in a new window)

Note this salary is current as of April 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for outdoor adventure guide jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Victoria9031.7%67
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1812.5%18
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan841.2%<10
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1341.5%<10
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1041.8%<10
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1201.4%<10
Melbourne – western metropolitan1031.9%<10
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)271.4%<10
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)281.4%<10
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)352.4%<10
Gippsland281.2%<10
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)70.0%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)100.0%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)151.4%<10
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)152.9%<10
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)110.0%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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