Online Training & References


Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney is a free, innovative, collaborative online history project based at the State Library of NSW. It uses government archives to create useful links and information about artefacts, buildings, historical events, natural features, people, places and structures. For tour guides it offers bits and pieces of historical information that you might use in your commentaries.

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Be A Better Guide

Canadian Kelsey Tonner has set up a website with online training, tools and tips for tour guides around the world.

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International online computer courses. You can try for free for one month and brush up on your computer skills in Microsoft, Excel, Cloud Computing, Adobe, among others. The courses range from beginner levels to advanced.


Tourism and Events Queensland

The Tourism and Events Queensland Digital Ready webinars are free one-hour webinars delivered online. The series features popular topics to help your tourism business prosper online.

The Digital Ready webinars have been recorded and published on Youtube for you to view as often as you wish.

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Tourism Management Course ($8 special offer for limited time)

Developed around one of the world’s premier destinations, beautiful Queensland in Australia, this course allows students to experience challenges and solutions reflective of the ever-changing global tourism and travel industry.

  • This entry-level course can be completed over 7 weeks or until December 2020. You should aim to spend approximately 3 hours studying per week, but will have lifetime access to the course materials after becoming a verified learner.
  • This course will suit those new to tertiary education, professionals with a keen interest in tourism or those wanting to upskill with online learning at their own pace.

Sign up below to receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register for your A$8 course and become a “verified” learner. Course is normally valued at $162.

Online botanic tutorials

The Australian Plants Society NSW has some great YouTube free tutorials on its website

There are many different videos covering plants in NSW and Australia, and each is just a few minutes long. They offer a great way to add to you botanical knowledge for when tourists ask about our local flora.

Digital talks  from Harbour Trust

The Harbour Trust is presenting DigiTalks – a series of online talks, virtual tours and webinars to keep you engaged from home.

Each instalment will feature a presenter who can offer rich insights into our heritage destinations, including their history, flora and fauna, or who can speak more broadly about the history of the world’s greatest harbour.…/lea…/free-talks/digitalks/

Trove: National Library of Australia

This is the National Library of Australia’s website and acclaimed worldwide. All the newspapers in Australia are being scanned and the search engine is fantastic. Also all the photos, illustrations, paintings, etc., can all be downloaded. The whole site is free.

Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia’s pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of over 13,000 significant and representative persons in Australian history. The subjects come from all walks of life — from prime ministers, governors-general and premiers, generals and bishops, artists, actors and authors, engineers and schoolteachers, to prostitutes, thieves and murderers — providing a cross-section of Australian society.

The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University (ANU)


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