Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island
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Trip Highlights

  • Help protect one of Australia’s wildlife hotspots 
  • Safeguard Kangaroo Island’s flora by conserving its trees and plants
  • Make a direct contribution to the island’s economy
  • Stay in fantastic, pristine bushland
  • Work close-by wallabies, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and koalas
  • Learn about the endangered animals of Australia

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Become a wildlife volunteer in Australia and help protect some of Australia’s unique wildlife.You’ll be involved in full-on essential conservation work from hard-core tree planting and maintenance to counting koalas!

 

Eco tourism is at its best in Australasia and our wildlife sanctuary programme on Kangaroo Island offers a unique blend of tourism and conservation and ultimately an amazing experience for you!


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What will I be doing?

  • The Sanctuary (2-4 weeks)

  • Arrival Orientation (2-4 weeks)

  • What will I be doing? (2-4 weeks)

  • What will I be doing? (Cont.) (2-4 weeks)

The Sanctuary: 2-4 weeks

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Destination info

Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals know it) really is an unspoilt wilderness, with a quarter of the island conserved in protected parks providing a home to many different endangered animals. Thankfully, the island has been spared the damage done on the mainland by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland.
 

The Wildlife Sanctuary is in the western end of the Island, close to Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. It's also only a short distance away from a beautiful beach where you can swim and fish. There's plenty of bush-walking opportunities and mountain-biking too.

  • Location: Western Kangaroo Island, South Australia

The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the Western end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Sanctuary was first established in 1997, covers an area of 2,230 hectares, with 6km of spectacular coastline and is the largest privately owned conservation property on KI. Within the sanctuary you will find many different species including wallabies, kangaroos, pigmy possums, echidnas, koalas and possums. The area is also a bird watcher's paradise, with many species calling the sanctuary home.

 

The sanctuary’s conservation work is funded by beachfront accommodation; a backpacker lodge, guided nocturnal tours and self guided koala tours. This is truly an exceptional place with its abundant wildlife and pristine coastline. The animals live free in their natural habitat and environment, which the sanctuary offers them. Nocturnal tours are conducted each evening to give visitors to the Island the ultimate wildlife experience.

Arrival Orientation: 2-4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals know it) really is an unspoilt wilderness, with a quarter of the island conserved in protected parks providing a home to many different endangered animals. Thankfully, the island has been spared the damage done on the mainland by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland.
 

The Wildlife Sanctuary is in the western end of the Island, close to Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. It's also only a short distance away from a beautiful beach where you can swim and fish. There's plenty of bush-walking opportunities and mountain-biking too.

  • Location: Western Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Once you have arrived at the sanctuary, you will be given a detailed orientation and tour by the programme coordinator. This is a great opportunity to ask questions. Topics covered will include;

 

  • An introduction to the sanctuary
  • Health and safety briefing
  • Workplace ethics
  • Meals and accommodation
  • An introduction to the area
  • What you can do in your free time

 

Throughout your stay you will have the support and guidance of the sanctuary staff and coordinator. They will provide you with assistance and help you with any questions or advice you need during your stay. In addition, you are also able to contact our staff 24 hours a day should you need to.

What will I be doing?: 2-4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals know it) really is an unspoilt wilderness, with a quarter of the island conserved in protected parks providing a home to many different endangered animals. Thankfully, the island has been spared the damage done on the mainland by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland.
 

The Wildlife Sanctuary is in the western end of the Island, close to Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. It's also only a short distance away from a beautiful beach where you can swim and fish. There's plenty of bush-walking opportunities and mountain-biking too.

  • Location: Western Kangaroo Island, South Australia

All volunteers are picked up in the morning from the main town of Kingscote or KI airport by the project staff and transferred to the Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

As a volunteer, you will work various hours, weather and temperature permitting, five days a week, doing all sort of different duties depending on the priority at the time, so it's essential you go with a flexible attitude.

 

The feral-proof fence, which is vital to maintaining the habitats within the sanctuary, needs checking so you will walk the fence 3-4 times a week to check for minor damage at the base. Volunteers will also check on the activities along the Koala Avenue for any public hazards and rubbish as well as making sure that the bird feeders and water containers are full.

 

You'll also be getting involved in Koala surveys, which take place approximately 3 times a week. This involves walking along Koala Avenue and counting how many Koalas you can see and if possible if they have a tag on their ear. You can then record the data onto a computer and this helps to track the number of Koalas, sex and sterilization.

 

What will I be doing? (Cont.): 2-4 weeks

Destination info

Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals know it) really is an unspoilt wilderness, with a quarter of the island conserved in protected parks providing a home to many different endangered animals. Thankfully, the island has been spared the damage done on the mainland by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland.
 

The Wildlife Sanctuary is in the western end of the Island, close to Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. It's also only a short distance away from a beautiful beach where you can swim and fish. There's plenty of bush-walking opportunities and mountain-biking too.

  • Location: Western Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Re-vegetation of the sanctuary and other ground maintenance, including clearing and hazard reduction on the paths, is always ongoing at the sanctuary. This is vitally important to help maintain the habitat and attract tourism to the area. During these activities volunteers are encouraged to interact with the many international and local visitors to the sanctuary, have a chat and show them around.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to help marshal the popular nocturnal tours that run in the evenings, however this is optional so you can choose to relax instead. The tours are a great way to discover a world that comes to life while you are usually asleep! You'll learn about the nocturnal animals of Kangaroo Island in their natural habitat and environment.

 

Activities you may be involved in include:
Planting trees and shrubs

Sedge planting
Conservation work
Maintaining paths
Painting
Assisting with cleaning and laundry
Fence maintenance
Monitoring Koalas, observing and taking note of their behaviour
Assisting with tourists/visitors
Participating in Guided tours
Weed control
Assist in survey and monitoring of animals

Honey is made at the sanctuary so at times you can be involved in scraping and packaging honey

 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change

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What's included?

  • Transfer from Kingscote to the sanctuary
  • Volunteer project
  • Food for you to prepare your own meals
  • Accommodation
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Volunteer t-shirt

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Return transport from Adelaide to Kingscote
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Attraction fees

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18, maximum decided on potential participants' health.

 

Accommodation

Volunteers are housed in the Farmhouse in shared accommodation which includes a large kitchen, lounge, dining area and games room. Volunteers will stay in single-sex shared bedrooms and there are two bathrooms in the house. There are plenty of DVDs, books and magazines to entertain you (dvd player has a USB option should you want to bring your own). There is also a wood fire for cooler evenings. Full linen is supplied during your stay. There is WiFi at the nearby Visitor Centre, which you can use when it's available.

 

Meals

Food provisions will be provided weekly and there is a fully-equipped kitchen in your quarters for preparing breakfast and dinners. You and your fellow volunteers will cook as a team (sharing the cooking and clean-up responsibilities). A sandwich lunch will be prepared for you at the visitor centre (this may vary).

 

 

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 visa. 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. I have certain dietary requirements, will this be a problem?

Not at all! Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Just let us know in advance so that we can let our in-country coordinator know, as the nearest supermarket is 100km away! Please note that snacks are not included on the weekly food shop, so you will need to have sufficient funds if you require luxuries like chocolate!

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3. Will I have my own room?

You will stay in a shared room with up to four people of the same gender

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4. Is there Internet access at the project?

There is limited Internet which you may use to check your emails.

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5. How much hands-on work can I get involved with the animals?

The sanctuary is not a zoo and many of the animals are wild therefore you should not expect to handle these animals. The focus of this project is on conservation work to help protect them and their habitat.

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding will be provided for you.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, a mosquito net is not necessary for this project.

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

There is a safe in the office where you can leave anything valuable.

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9. Is there anything that you recommend taking that would be useful?

It would be great if you could take a torch and warm clothes with you as you will be on an island and it experiences all weathers and it can be quite cool at night.

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Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island

Josh Wheelock - October 2013

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Rewarding, genuine, memorable, 100% worthwhile.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Contributing to a worthy cause, being around wildlife all the time, meeting fascinating new people, day trips to local scenery (Flinders Chase, Kelly Hills).

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) If volunteering, be prepared to take initiative when it comes to seeing what needs to be done. 2) Positive attitude makes a world of difference. Enjoy your experience! 3) Don't believe weather forecasts, ever!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island2013-10-24

Gertenitsch Yvonne - December 2012

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Great experience, improvement ot the language, to get to know so many new people, unforgettable

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The daily kangaroo-feeding

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you travel in November - it´s cold (15° - 18°), windy - long trousers! But also a view sunny day! Torch for the nucturnaltour!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2012-12-30

Nadine Ford - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Wonderful experience, great people, enjoyed making a difference

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

Seeing and interacting with the Australian wildlife

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take your camera everywhere!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2012-02-24

Emma Watson - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering at the sanctuary was amazing. I did things you wouldn't usually be able to do. I loved looking after the kangaroos, and assisting on the nocturnal tour. I just enjoyed taking part in something that, no matter how small the job, it still made a difference.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-10-11

Imogen Goodall - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Exploring Kangaroo Island, and feeding the orphan kangaroos

Would you recommend us?

No

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-10-11

Charlotte Brown - July 2011

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(7/10)
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i made so many new friends on this trip they were ace!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the people at Hanson Bay! getting to know the animals not too mention exploring the island! however, not as much as planned! :)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

get less vollies and more work for us! (improve organisation) less cheaper deals?! for the Sanctuary.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-07-04

Emma Dalby - July 2011

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(10/10)
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It was the best experience I have ever had

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Bottle feeding baby kanagroo's Seeing a Black Tiger Snake The night sky able to see the Milky Way Going adventure caving Seeing all the wildlife Meeting the other volunteers and employees

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always say yes, you never know what it could lead to Don't over pack, I took too much Read through the details of the experience carefully, there were some people who were saying "this isnt what I thought it would be"

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-07-04

Rachel Harvey - July 2011

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(10/10)
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amazing animals, fantastic personalities (including the animals!), beutiful scenery, wild, peaceful, educational, motivational, fun and I can't wait to get back there!

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

The whole thing was absolutely amazing - from planting trees to working to sustain an environment where you have such close contact with all of the wildlife and learn so much about them from the hosts.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

get stuck in, don't be afraid of getting dirty and don't take one moment for granted!

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Ben (cairns) Rose - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Great fun, Really nice people, Would love to go back

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The general camaraderie and friendliness made it really enjoyable, everything enjoyable fishing was great

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-07-04

Rosanne Van Bodegom - July 2011

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(10/10)
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Best time, evaluating myself, rewarding, friends for life, super staff!

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(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Kangaroo Island was the highlight of my whole triip in Australia so far! The volunteering made me feel worthwhile. Physically it was tiring but mentally all the more worthwhile! Highlights were the family-like staff and all the fun around the work. Hanson Bay was fantastic and lots of our free time was spend there! I've made friends for life, changed my choice of what to study, learned an enormous amount of information about the animals and it made me realise how important conservation work is!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Nothing is boring, it is what you make of it. Be open to other experiences and pull through when you don't think you can anymore! Afterwards you'll feel all the better! 2. Prepare for a different pace of life at Kangaroo Island. While the work might me hard at times, the working hours are very relaxed. If you want to go fast, do some travelling first! 3. Buy a good camera! You'll see so many amazing animals and nature so be sure to take great pictures.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-07-04

Naomi Anderson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Fun managers, great people, amazing wildlife, rewarding experience, gorgeous beach.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Being able to see 20 koalas every day, doing things that most people don't see. Learning about the different animals in the sanctuary. Having the 2 dogs around all the time. Having the opportunity to see other parts of kangaroo Island. In 11 years I can look on google maps and say "I planted those trees"

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do this in the middle of your travels as a break, people who started their travels with this wanted to move on much quicker, but I found it nice to stop for a month after constantly moving around for 3 months. 2 weeks is too short, 3 or 4 is better. Don't wait for something to happen, ask for something to do

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers - Kangaroo Island2011-07-04

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