What is the Destination Conservation and Volunteering project in Australia all about?
Destination Conservation and Volunteering Experience in Australia is a unique placement combining conservation and travel in different parts of Australia.
Founded in 1982, these projects have the environment at the heart of their mission which is to protect, preserve and restore Australia’s unique and natural beauty. Much of the land is owned by the government and because Australia is so vast, additional manpower is needed to protect habitats across the country. On occasions, the organisation is given or gifted land to manage in recognition of their expertise in the field of environmental conservation. You will experience a variety of conservation and volunteering experience depending on which week you decide to participate in. Typical work undertaken by the project includes preserving habitats, coastlines, planting trees, clearing rivers, restoring pathways and fixing fences.
Each destination conservation and volunteering experience uniquely focuses on a different aspect of the environment. The choices are:
- The Great Ocean Road, iconic destination in Victoria located not far from Melbourne – Conservation activities occur in diverse coastal and inland environments that you will help protect and restore along the way as they are important wildlife habitats. While exploring a variety of National Parks and waterfalls along the way, it is very likely that you will see koalas, kangaroos and emus. You will also have the chance to stay in a variety of coastal towns and be introduced to Aboriginal culture at Tower Hill.
- The Northern Queensland Wet Tropics region known for its spectacular scenery with rivers, gorges, waterfalls, volcanic mountains and the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on earth – These are home to many threatened species, including the Southern Cassowary, Yellow-bellied Glider, Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, various possums, quolls and three endangered stream-dwelling frog species. Your volunteering days will be spent supporting seasonal conservation projects at local nature refuges, planting trees or removing weeds to create wildlife corridors. It’s a great way to experience the real North Queensland – exploring natural wonders from volcanic craters and blue lakes to lush rainforest, waterfalls and the regions unique wildlife.
- Outback Conservation in South Queensland, an off the beaten track adventure to experience the Australian Bush while making meaningful contribution to wildlife conservation – The project is based at the Ironbark Station at Blackbutt on a 1400 hectares property 170 km north West of Brisbane. The property is a designated wildlife sanctuary a rehabilitation facility.
- Subtropical Rainforest in South East Queensland, with the spectacular landscape of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest in Springbrook – Help protect and restore a critical endangered bioregion through weed removal, tree planting and wildlife monitoring.
- Subtropical Beaches in South East Queensland, located in the stunning Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola – The project helps protect the beautiful beaches and marine wildlife by collecting and analysing marine debris, removing weeds, and preparing iconic padanus trees for biological control to protect them from invasive species.
- Koala Conservation in Woodstock, Lacey’s Creek or Crohamhurst – Whether you decide to be located in Sunshine Coast Hinterland or the Gold Coast Hinterland, the projects are located in the breathtaking homes to many local species including some that are threatened including koalas, cockatoos, platypuses, Richmond birdwing butterflies, wallabies, kangaroos and possums. Help create critical habitat for the koalas and experience the magic of the Australian Bush.
- The Cassowary Coast in North Queensland and its abundance of waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes, tropical beaches and much more – Home to Australia’s most imposing bird, the project is designed to help restore habitat for the threatened Cassowary as well as the Mahogany Glider.
Why choose Destination Conservation and Volunteering in Australia
- If you are passionate about the environment and are keen to help restore and protect natural habitats and green spaces come and join us in Australia and be a part of this amazing conservation initiatives.
- Gaining a well-rounded experience working in different areas of Australian territories and work on a variety of conservation activities and projects.
- Discover the wild and beautiful Australia while learning about local environmental challenges.
Role of the Conservation Volunteer
Each location requires 1 week of commitment. You may choose to add up each location and if that’s the case, you can volunteer up to 6 weeks. Volunteers usually work in groups and are assigned projects upon arrival as conservation work depends on seasonal conditions and conservation priorities at the time of the volunteer’s arrival. Volunteers will take part in varied activities which may include environmental monitoring, heritage restoration, tree planting, endangered species protection and habitat conservation.
What skills do I need to be a Destination Conservation Volunteer in Australia?
There are no specific skills required to participate in the destination conservation and volunteering experience but you must have a love for the outdoors. You can expect a moderate amount of physical activity. Conservation activities involve active hands-on projects and potentially walking on unmarked tracks and in warm climatic conditions.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To conserve and protect habitats
To enjoy the great outdoors
To begin your Australian adventure with others
Where will I work in Australia?
Destination Conservation and Volunteering in Australia take place in a variety of locations across Australia. There are coastal areas, forests, the outback, river basins, mangroves and more, where work is taking place. If you are planning to combine your trip to Australia with travel, this is a great opportunity for you to participate in both while expanding your environmental conservation knowledge. Wherever you chose to go you are sure to learn more about this fascinating country, its people and environment.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1+ week
- Cost: £878 / $1536 for 1 week
£1380 / $2414 for 2 weeks
£1921 / $3362 for 3 weeks
£2523 / $4415 for 4 weeks
£541 / $946 per each extra week
Deposit of £180 / $315 to confirm your placement
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Choice of departure points: Melbourne (Great Ocean Road),
Cairns (Northern Queensland Wet Tropics, Cassowary Coast)
Brisbane (OutBack Conservation)
Please speak to a Kaya Advisor to learn more.
- Working hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
- Project availability: Melbourne – Projects start every Monday and run all year round except for Christmas.
Cairns – Projects start every Monday April to November.
Brisbane – Projects start every Monday and run all year round except for Christmas.
- Arrival day: 8 AM
What is included
- Accommodation: Camping (Blackbutt, Cooloola, Northern Queensland Wet Tropics Rainforest and Cassowary Coast)
Rangers’ Quarter (Springbrook)
Yurt (Lacey’s Creek)
Granny flat (Crohamhurst)
Backpackers (Great Ocean Road)
Tents, stretcher beds, camp mattresses and camp pillows are provided. All locations involve communal bathroom, some with solar powered rainwater showers.
- Meals: 3 times a day. Volunteers help in the preparation of food.
- Training: Orientation and Induction
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion Planning: Independent Conservation activities and equipment included. Visitor inclusions (varies by location)
What is not included
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Meals – not included Monday Breakfast, Friday Dinner.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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