Australia Wildlife Volunteer - Queensland
2-8 weeks from £2,089
- Feed eucalyptus leaves to cuddly koalas
- Handle tame kangaroos and wallabies
- Care for injured and orphaned animals at the onsite wildlife rescue centre
- Help with upkeep of animal enclosures
- Explore the rainforest and reefs of beautiful Port Douglas in your free time
Spend 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks working on a spectacular tropical wildlife park in the Port Douglas area. The park is home to over 600 animals including a whole host of unique Aussie species such as kangaroos, wallabies, cassowaries and koalas, as well as crocodiles, snakes and lizards. You’ll help the keepers with the daily running of the attraction, including feeding cuddly koalas, hanging out with tame kangaroos and wallabies, maintaining enclosures and caring for injured or orphaned animals in the onsite rescue centre. You’ll also get involved with some offsite environmental projects. It’s an unforgettable experience packed with unforgettable wildlife experiences.
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The programme runs for 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. You’ll stay close to the park, working closely with our keepers and caring for the unique animals that live here. You’ll work 5 days on, 2 days off, with regular hours being 7.30am to 2.30pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rainforest, reefs and beach around Port Douglas.
About the park
Port Douglas is uniquely sandwiched between two ecologically valuable environments – the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef. The park sprawls across 8 beautiful acres (2 hectares) of land and is an area committed to conservation. Their mission is to care for injured, orphaned and sick animals, while providing an exceptional experience for visitors.
About your role
Your volunteer role will include preparing food for the animals, park maintenance, upkeep of enclosures, caring for injured and orphaned wildlife in the onsite rescue centre and help with local environmental projects such as beach cleans and much more. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to handle the animals, including the park’s tame kangaroos and wallabies!
The park is home to over 600 animals and 100 different native species, with the most extensive range of kangaroos and wallabies in Queensland, including the rare Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo. Many of the kangaroos and wallabies are tame and can be handled so you’ll have lots of opportunity for contact. Other amazing wildlife at the park includes koalas, crocodiles, the unusual Boyd's Rainforest Dragon, mahogany gliders, cassowaries, pythons and a wide range of birdlife.
Please note: If you are on the 2 week duration, you may not have the time to complete all of the listed volunteer duties, due to time constraints. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
- Breakfast and lunch on park workdays
- Park orientation on day 1
- Uniform (3 shirts, name badge and cap)
- Personal koala photo
- Sightseeing tour discounts on non-working days
- All transport during placement
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Some meals and snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
You’ll spend your placement staying in hostel-style accommodation in Port Douglas. All rooms are single-sex dorm-style, with modern facilities, free WiFi, laundry facilities and air conditioning. The accommodation is located around 5-10 minutes drive from the wildlife park, and transfers to and from the park are provided daily. Your first night and last two nights will be spent in a hostel in Cairns in a shared dorm.
Two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) are included on working days, and there is a self-catering kitchen available at your placement accommodation for you to prepare your own meals at other times.
Arrive in Cairns on your start date which is normally a Monday. The nearest airport is Cairns Airport (CNS). Airport transfers are not included but can be easily arranged. You’ll spend one inclusive night in a hostel in Cairns before being collected by the local team and taken to Port Douglas, so you can arrive at any time on your start date.
You can depart from Cairns at any time on your end date.
You need to be 18 years or over to participate in this programme. You’ll need to have a relatively good level of fitness, as the role involves some physical work.
British passport holders will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure. If you’re planning to undertake paid work while you’re here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa as well. Both visas can be applied for online. Contact us for more information. You may also be required to provide evidence of funds to support your stay, or a return or onward ticket.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
What Do I Need To Bring?
We’ll supply you with a hat, name badge and three uniform shirts, but you’ll need to bring at least 3 pairs of neutral coloured mid-thigh length shorts, comfy closed toe shoes that can get dirty / wet, raincoat or wet weather gear, sunscreen, insect repellent and a personal drink bottle.
What Size Are The Groups?
There will be a maximum of 24 volunteers at any time.
Will I Have Any Free Time?
You’ll work 5 days on, 2 days off with regular hours being 7.30am to 2.30pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the local area.
Will I Be Supplied With Meals While I’m Working?
Breakfast and lunch are included on working days, and there is a self-catering kitchen available at your accommodation for you to prepare your own meals at other times.