Australia conservation volunteering holidays

“Choose between one of eleven regions of Australia starting in one of its many cities. Contribute to a superb array of conservation projects in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.”


Volunteer all over Australia | Wildlife surveys | Habitat conservation | National Parks | Marine conservation | Australian outback conservation programmes | Choose from eleven gateway cities | Food and accommodation provided during project

Description of Australia conservation volunteering holidays

Step off the well beaten tourist track and into the heart of some of Down Under's most beautiful land and seascapes on a conservation volunteering holiday in Australia. Not only will you get to enjoy parts of the country that many tourists never see, you will be helping to conserve the country's beauty for generations to come.

Australia is well known for its vibrant diversity; from coral reefs to mountain ranges and from vast outback expanses to golden beaches, this is a country that cannot cease to inspire. On this trip you can enjoy the best of these places, volunteering with a local organisation to keep the areas preserved, to protect the wildlife within them and to help the environment to flourish.

You could start from either Melbourne or Newcastle near Sydney and travel out to the project site from there, you can also combine both locations! You will be taken out to various projects which last from one to two weeks each, before moving on to another one. This means that you are opened up to at least two different areas in a one month stay.

Projects range from working with flora and fauna, wildlife surveys, habitat promotion and helping rebuild areas after natural devastation. You will be helping out in areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as parks and sanctuaries, beaches, the outback, forests and open countryside. This is such a great way to see the country, whilst really helping it to maintain its natural charm.

All accommodation, food and transport for your projects is catered for once you have started on your project.

Day-by-day experiences

Friday:Arrive at the gateway city's offices to start your project
Weekends:Free to enjoy the area in which your projects are taking place
Weekdays:Helping out on the various conservation projects with your group of 6 - 10 people

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
US pricing:
The currency converter above works on todays exchange rate. We do take bookings in USD but the price is set at a rate confirmed months in advance and is typically above the current exchange rate. Please enquire for details.
We committed to taking care of the environment, both in our office in the UK and on our projects around the world. We are proud to say that we are working hard to eliminate the use of single use plastics on our conservation project in Australia.
All shopping is done in reusable bags.
Volunteers are required to bring lunch box during the program for lunch carrying – for maintaining freshness and also shape for lunches. We also recommend volunteers to reuse concealed food wraps as they are meant to be useable.
No single use items are provided to volunteers (eg shampoo, soap, water bottles). Volunteers are made aware that we encourage as little single use plastic as possible on our projects, and we are currently writing a guide for how to travel with as little single use plastic as possible. This will be made available to all travellers.
We ask all volunteers to bring their own water bottles from home (500ml plus recommended), to discourage the buying of bottled water on a daily basis. We request that volunteers do not buy single plastic water bottles. This is communicated pre-departure and once in-country.  Clean drinking water is available throughout the trip - carried in water coolers and jerry cans whilst on the move and from taps in the accommodation. Volunteers are asked to top up their bottles from the tap before leaving the project site.
The whole purpose of the project is to conserve the environment- this involves litter picks and education about the negative impacts of single use plastics.
We have stopped sending our volunteer t-shirts in plastic wrapping and have instead switched to paper envelopes for safe transportation.
Accessible overview:
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travellers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.

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Responsible tourism: Australia conservation volunteering holidays


Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this, but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.

Wildlife - Australia is a popular country to visit due to its diversity and beauty. Unfortunately tourism can have a negative impact on some areas. We work hard to promote habitats for wildlife, to rid them of shrubbery which is poisonous to them, remove litter and encourage respect for the wildlife that we encounter. We work on several projects to preserve certain species of turtle, wombat and cockatoe which are in danger of extinction.

Waste- all participants are encouraged to bring a flask with them to avoid the over-reliance on plastic water bottles, which are not easy to dispose of environmentally. We work to free the land of any rubbish in areas in which we are working.

Conservation- we make sure that we plant trees, clear areas overtaken by foreign weeds and promote environmental development in all of the locations in which we work.

Environmental commitment- our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products.


Meeting local needs - We work with local farmers, councils, sanctuaries, parks, museums and landcare groups to promote conservation. We helped many farmers to get back on their feet after the terrible floods in 2011- participants helped with rebuilding fences, replanting and clearing the land. You will also contribute directly to the area’s economy, eating locally-sourced food and making use of shops and leisure facilities in the locailty. You will not be taking jobs away from local people.

Cultural sensitivity - We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. It is important to us that participants work well with the teams in Australia, and we help them as much as we can with this. We get to know all of the people that go away with us, so that we know as much as we can about them to give them a warm welcome on arrival.

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