Australia Koala Sanctuary
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From £569, 14 days, Australia Trip code: OZKS

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  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 1 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Gain an indepth knowledge of koalas and other native creatures by helping with feeding, monitoring and much more.
  • Lend a much needed hand at the sanctuary and get involved with extreme hands on and physical work.
  • Enjoy the buzzing nightlife of Brisbane and, down the coast, beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Share the passion to help endangered animals in Australia with the keepers.

 

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Helping out endangered animals in Australia is totally rewarding as well as just an amazing Australasia experience! Not only will you gain experience working with Australia’s native mammals, but you’ll experience Oz city life in the buzzing city of Brisbane. 


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What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer options (2 to 4 weeks)

  • A typical day (2 to 4 weeks)

Volunteer options: 2 to 4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Australia’s such a huge country, it has three time zones. There’s a real diversity of landscapes and people, so you’ll be well at home travelling, chilling and helping endangered animals in Australia.

 

Beautiful attractions and fantastic activities include surfing and white water rafting, trekking and skiing. As well as natural beauty, Australia’s cosmopolitan cities offer shed loads of cultural attractions from sports to art.

 

The Koala Sanctuary’s located in a remote suburb about 30 minutes from Brisbane city. 

 

The hostel you’ll be staying at is in the heart of the city of Brisbane. So you’ll never be short of things to do in your free time – from chilling out in the botanic gardens to hitting the best nightlife north of the river in Fortitude Valley. Eat your heart out!

 

Beautiful sandy beaches are slightly further afield but totally accessible, as are many other sunny desinations along the East Coast.

  • Location: Just outside Brisbane, Australia

The sanctuary houses a large variety of Australia’s native species, and is divided into different sections: Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Macropods, Koalas and the hospital. Each day you are at the sanctuary you will be assigned to one of the keepers and will assist them with the daily care and maintenance of the animals in their section. This allows you to experience working in different areas of the sanctuary and get to know all of the different species. Each morning you will be given a work plan so that you know what your responsibilities are for the day.

 

The work is extremely hands on and physical, with the majority of your time spent assisting keepers with the feeding of the animals and cleaning duties, however there is a whole range of activities for you to get involved in.

 

The tasks that you will be taking part in include:

 

  • Preparing and collecting food for the animals
  • Assisting with the cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures
  • Taking part in behavioural enrichment programmes
  • Providing other general assistance to the keepers. 

You will also be helping with a variety of other tasks around the sanctuary, which may include:

 

  • Assisting the animal farm staff with cleaning, monitoring visitors and handing out food
  • Interacting with the sanctuary’s visitors and assisting them with any questions they might have
  • Spending time in the kangaroo reserve monitoring visitors and kangaroo behaviour, cleaning and helping with visitor enquiries
  • Assisting the garden and maintenance staff with various tasks around the sanctuary e.g. planting, weeding and cleaning

There are some animals at the sanctuary that you won’t have any contact with as they are considered dangerous animals. These animals include Tasmanian Devil, Southern Cassowary, Flying Foxes, Wombats and Venomous reptiles. Although you will not be working with these animals at the sanctuary you will be able to visit them in your free time as often as you wish.

A typical day: 2 to 4 weeks

Destination info

Australia’s such a huge country, it has three time zones. There’s a real diversity of landscapes and people, so you’ll be well at home travelling, chilling and helping endangered animals in Australia.

 

Beautiful attractions and fantastic activities include surfing and white water rafting, trekking and skiing. As well as natural beauty, Australia’s cosmopolitan cities offer shed loads of cultural attractions from sports to art.

 

The Koala Sanctuary’s located in a remote suburb about 30 minutes from Brisbane city.

 

The hostel you’ll be staying at is in the heart of the city of Brisbane. So you’ll never be short of things to do in your free time – from chilling out in the botanic gardens to hitting the best nightlife north of the river in Fortitude Valley. Eat your heart out!

 

Beautiful sandy beaches are slightly further afield but totally accessible, as are many other sunny desinations along the East Coast. 

  • Location: Just outside Brisbane, Australia

Volunteers stay in Brisbane, which is about a 30 minute bus ride from the sanctuary.

 

The working day starts at 8:30am, when you’ll be assigned your ‘keeper’ for the day. You then work with them for the rest of the day on various projects around the sanctuary.

 

In practice, helping out endangered animals in Australia means feeding the animals and cleaning their homes take place every day. But you could also find yourself monitoring kangaroo behavior, preparing food for the animals and helping with the sanctuary’s visitors.

 

You get a 20 min morning tea break and an hour for lunch. And the day finishes at 3pm, when you’re free to explore the sanctuary and chill out with the other volunteers, or head back home to hang out in buzzing Brisbane. 

 

You can choose what days you want to work, which can include weekends (please note the availability of days when you can volunteer is dependent on how many volunteers the sanctuary have). Prior to your arrival we will find out from you what days you would like to work. However, these days can be changed and your volunteer schedule will be arranged for you during your orientation at the sanctuary.

 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

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What's included?

  • Train transfer from the airport on arrival
  • An orientation day
  • Accommodation
  • A certificate of participation
  • Information pack
  • Two uniform shirts for you to keep

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport to and from the sanctuary
  • Visas
  • Meals

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants health, as the work at the sanctuary can be very physical.

 

Accommodation

Your accommodation throughout the programme will be at a backpackers hostel in Brisbane. The hostel has great facilities, 24hr security card access, 24hr Internet, luggage storage, laundry, home theatre with surround sound and wide screen TV, a modern kitchen, roof terrace and a great lounge area. You will be staying in one of the dorm rooms, which are usually shared between 8 or 10 people. The best thing about the hostel is its location in the centre of the city, really nice and close to everything.

 

Meals

Meals are not included but there are a plenty of food shops in the city centre including a large supermarket, where you can purchase food to take back to the hostel and cook in the self-catering kitchen. Alternatively, sample some of Brisbane’s many restaurants with your fellow travellers. For lunch you can either bring your own food with you to the sanctuary, or there is a café on site where you can buy lunch.

 

Orientation

On the Sunday before your first day at the sanctuary you will need to arrive by 15:30 for your comprehensive orientation with the sanctuary’s volunteer coordinator Karen. This will cover things such as health and safety - for you and the animals, more information on the duties you will be performing and a bit of background on the animals and the sanctuary itself. For the rest of the day you will have the chance to explore the sanctuary from a visitor's point of view and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings before you actually start working with the animals.

 

 

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. What visa do I need?

If you are just visiting Australia as a tourist you will need to apply for the 3 month e-visitor OR ETA visa (depending on your nationality). If you are planning to work whilst you are out there after your programme you will need to apply for the 12 month Working Holiday Visa.

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2. How much do I need to budget for food?

It depends on whether you choose to eat out or not each day. You can save a lot of money by buying your food and cooking in the hostel. If you do this you can budget for around £15 per day easily. If you choose to eat out all the time then it is going to cost you a lot more!

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3. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be lockers for you to use while you are at the project. Please bring locks so you can lock away your valuables.

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Australia Koala Sanctuary

Nicholas Starkey - May 2014

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(10/10)
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Totally unforgettable, made new friends, one of my best trips ever.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights were looking after the animals every day and meeting new people in Brisbane.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Yes enjoy yourself, meet new people and make the most of it

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Australia Koala Sanctuary2014-05-09

Alyssa Goldman - April 2014

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Learned lots! Saw a side that few get to.

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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working in the sanctuary was so rewarding. A great experience. The keepers you work with, while giving you hard dirty work, also make sure you get to see and learn some really neat things about the animals.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) be ready to get really dirty. 2) ask lots of questions. 3) google map your bus routes. There are a few different ways to get there, you don't always have to start in city center.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Elizabeth Bierman - January 2014

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(9/10)
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Incredible native wildlife, incredible people...absolutely life changing!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting to interact with animals in ways the visitors couldn't and getting to see what really is involved in the day to day life of a keeper.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Really try to get to know your bunkmates at the hostel, you will be around them a lot and it is much more fun if you become friends 2. Bring more money and less clothes than you planned on packing 3. Start looking into activities early, the really cool things will fill up fast

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Koala Sanctuary2014-01-20

Mie Münster-swensden - December 2013

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(9/10)
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Unforgettable experiences Hard work Widened horizons Testing my limits

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights was to see the Koala's up close.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Koala Sanctuary2013-12-08

Amanda Ashwill - August 2013

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Loved the experience, made unforgettable friends, want to come back!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved working at the sanctuary and seeing what the day to day activities were. Brisbane was an amazing city and it was great to be able to tour around on nights and weekends. I met some friends where were able to go out of the city and tour the Gold Coast.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Travel outside of Brisbane - even for the day. See what else is out there. 2. Make sure to figure out the bus/train schedules early - dont want to be scrambling on the first day 3. Do what you want. Treat it like an adventure and use whatever you can from it

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Ronna Brody - July 2013

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights are working with the animals of course. Although it is partly hard work, it is great to work so closely with the animals.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Koala Sanctuary2013-07-22

Tim Walsh - July 2012

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(10/10)
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Great experience, totally worth the money, sanctuary was epic!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting lots of new friends, all the amazing tour options and being hands on with lots of animals like walking a wombat or a dingo!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

bring plenty of spending money! do lots of tours they are worth it! be social and meet loads of friends its such a good laugh!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Carly Rogers - July 2011

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(8/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Learning about the animals , helping out with the animals , living in Brisbane and meeting new people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Defo do some volunteer work..

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Louise Fagents - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Fantastic experience, made new friends,lots of memories.

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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with reptiles and all animals at koala sanctuary. Feeding the animals.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Bring camera to take lots of photos 2)Wear old clothes 3) Make the most of your time at the sanctuary.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Felicity Adams - July 2011

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(8/10)
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Great experience, would have liked to have done more!

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(5/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting loads of people not just in the sanctuary but at the hostel as well. I also enjoyed working really close to the koalas and kangeroos.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to find your own way to the sanctuary and make sure you check the buses out before the day you are ment to start.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Kirstie Flanagan - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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Lone Pine is amazing, I'll never forget it. Twas Epic.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(5/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(3/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working in Lone Pine, meeting the keepers and animals... The photo ops :)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Take plenty of money (seriously). - The weather is temperamental, cover all eventualities. - Take comfy shoes.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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