Northern Queensland Wet Tropics Volunteering AustraliaNorthern Queensland Wet Tropics Volunteering Australia, known for its spectacular scenery with rivers, gorges, waterfalls, volcanic mountains and the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth, spent supporting seasonal conservation projects at local nature refuges, will provide you with a gleam at the real North Queensland.
Highlights of Great Ocean Road Volunteering Australia
- Explore the Volcanic Lakes of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham at Crater Lakes National Park
- Take a rainforest walk to Malanda Falls and look around you as you may get the chance to see a tree kangaroo.
- Take a nocturnal wildlife walk and spot a few endangered species in their natural habitats.
- Go off the beaten tourist track and discover wo hidden waterfalls.
- Have lunch while spotting Platypus.
- Help conserve nature refuges in the Wet Tropics region while exploring its natural wonders from volcanic craters and blue lakes to lush rainforest, waterfalls and its unique wildlife.
Note that itineraries, activities and visited places may vary based on seasonal weather conditions.
Day 1 – Meet the local team at 8am at the meetup point in Cairns. Get transfered to the project based in the beautiful Tablelands or also known as Atherton Tablelands. On the way, you will stop at Lake Barrine to enjoy the large Kauri pines and the views of the volcanic crater lake. You will also discover the blue waters of Lake Eacham, and Malanda Falls. After setting up camp, you will drive to mt Hypapamee volcanic crater and walk through high-altitudes rainforests with the hope to spo Cassowaries and Tree Kangaroos. You will be provided with Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2 and 3 – You will be providing some hands-on support at a local nature refuge including getting involved in weed removal, tree planting, placing tree guards, and mulch around the younger trees to ensure them a higher survival rate. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4 – You will return to the local nature refuge and meeting the owner for a site tour and a talk on how wildlife tunnels under the highway have enabled wildlife to move safely. You will get the chance to explore two nearby waterfalls, and continue on some rainforest habitat restoration activity. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5 – You will visit a local Tree Kangaroo Rescue Centre and have the opportunity to meet these rare animals as well as learning the conservation efforts taking place to save them. You will also get a chance to see the Tarzali lakes for platypus spotting. You will be returning to Cairns at around 4pm. You will be provided with Breakfast and Lunch.
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Site is vast, stretching from Towsnville to Cooktown, and running in close parallell to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. The wet tropical forests hosts many unique plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The Australian Wet Tropics provides habitat for 380 plants, and 102 animals considered rare or threatened, including animal species such as the Northern Bettong, the Spotter-tailed Quoll, the Yellow-bellied Glider, Lumbholtz Tree Kangaroo and the Southern Cassowary.
The local aboriginal people have lived in and near the rainforests continuously. The Wet Tropics is the only place in Australia where Aboriginal people have permanently inhabited a tropical rainforest environment. The conservation activities you will contribute you help create wildlife corridors. Depending on the time of the year of your placement, you may be involved with GPS mapping national park sites, conservation tracking, fence maintenance, removing weeds or planting trees.