Innes Ruins Volunteer Guiding - a rewarding opportunity

People looking to share their love of Port Macquarie's history are being invited to lead tours of the Innes Ruins Historic Site.

A group of local volunteers at Innes Ruins.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is holding a morning information session on Wednesday 6 June at the Innes Ruins for people interested in becoming Volunteer Guides at the National Trust-listed ruins in the charming setting looking over Lake Innes.

NPWS Tour coordinator Susan Phillips said the ruins of the grand house built by Major Archibald Clunes Innes contains rich history about the settlement of NSW, convict labour and the culture of the 1800's.

"Access to the site of this important remnant of early settlement days on the north coast of NSW, is by guided tour only," Ms Phillips said.

"Volunteer Guides usually work in pairs and public tours are held once a week on a Wednesday morning so a commitment of approximately one morning a fortnight is required" she said.

"Training will be provided on Wednesday mornings throughout August" Ms Phillips said.

Port Macquarie resident and long-term guide Lesley Atkinson said it's been a wonderful way to learn about local history, meet interesting people and enjoy the outdoor environment.

Volunteer guides work with small tour groups usually up to ten people showing them around the site on the boardwalk and perimeter pathways. Some Guides assist with larger groups and school excursions to the Innes Ruins.

People who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should register their interest by email to by Wednesday 30 May.