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Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Experi­ence the Spring­brook rainforest – one of the last intact rainforests on earth
  • Become active as a volunteer and help protect this unique environ­ment
  • Observe koalas, pandemelons, exotic birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Visit the famous “Natural Bridge” as well as the “Antarctic Beech Trees”
  • Acquire valuable knowledge about Australia’s flora and fauna
  • If you are lucky, witness fasci­nating wildlife sightings of possums or gliders

Locations

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Spring­brook National Park

Plan your trip

  • Included in the programme fee
    • Placement in the programme
    • Assistance with travel arrangements
    • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
    • Assistance with booking flights
    • Pre-departure information pack
Chrissy

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Chrissy, your travel agent for Australia

You are interested in joining this adventure? I am happy to help you! From the first steps until the end of the trip – I answer all of your questions and support you throughout your time abroad.

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Volunteer journey in Australia

When joining this programme you enjoy a unique nature travel adventure which combines exploring Australia’s southwest Queensland with your voluntary commitment in different conservation projects, dedicated to protecting the Gondwanan rainforest of Springbrook.

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Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Brisbane

You arrive at Brisbane Airport, one day prior to the official start of the trip. After your arrival at the airport you’ll make your way to a guest accommodation in town where you spend the following night (at own cost). The next morning you will meet your group in Norman Park/Brisbane from where you will start your journey together.

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Activ­i­ties during your conser­va­tion journey in Down Under

The unique combination of exploring Down Under’s southeast Queensland and your voluntary commitment in projects that are dedicated to protecting the majestic Springbrook rainforest is what characterizes this travel adventure.
You and your team usually spend the first half of the day conducting different renaturation tasks in order to conserve Springbrook National Park.

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By planting new trees, removing invasive weed and wildlife monitoring you help protect this pristine habitat. During the second half of your day you will explore nature and wildlife of Springbrook National Park and its surroundings. Nature walks for observing the local flora and fauna, visits to unique nature reserves as well as talks about conservation measures in Springbrook provide important background knowledge and leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Accom­mo­da­tion in Spring­brook

Your accommodation during the programme will be ranger’s quarters with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will share a room with at least one other participant. Three meals per day and snacks will be provided. Preparation of your daily meals is a shared responsibility. All participants take turns helping to manage the meal preparation and clean-up.

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Leisure time as a volunteer in Down Under

After your contribution to different conservation tasks and exploring unique nature sites of the Springbrook area, the evening hours provide some time for your own activities: Relax together with the others and talk about the events of the day, play games or read books. If you will stay in the programme for more than five days, you can also use the weekend(s) for own activities.

Learn what others say about their Natucate adventure.

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Review Volunteering Australia and New Zealand – Frieda

“Driving a “mule”, which is a kind of quad, was also lots of fun! We used this mule to transport plants.”

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Review Volunteering Australia – Nele

“My time was full of adventures and very exciting. The 8 weeks flew by and I experienced many new things, have found new friends, collected new memories and learned a lot!”

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Review Volunteering Australia – Amelie

“On Friday we then planted about 1500 local plants. Tasks like these are definitely fun: you can see the results of your work at the end of the day.”

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Review Volunteering New Zealand – Tamara

“Ich möchte diese Erfahrung auf keinen Fall missen! Neuseeland ist das schönste und abwechslungsreichste Land, das ich je sehen durfte.”

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    1. Springbrook National Park

    Springbrook National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and is located in the Gold Coast hinterland of the Australian state of Queensland. Countless waterfalls, steep cliffs, rock formations such as the "Natural Bridge" and fascinating Gondwanan rainforest will delight visitors.

    The Springbrook National Park does not belong to the most famous national parks of Australia, but is in no way inferior to the others. The breathtaking scenery and picturesque hiking trails should not be missed when visiting the Gold Coast or Brisbane, less than 80 kilometres away.

Purpose of the volunteer journey in Australia

Subtropical and tropical rainforests belong to the most threatened ecosystems on our planet. In Australia, they are listed as critically endangered throughout the entire continent. The Gondwanan rainforest of Springbrook actually marks one of the last intact rainforests. The low-lying subtropical rainforest ecosystem in southeast Queensland has been reduced to less than 1% of its former range. As these areas are extremely fragmented, they are now at risk of deterioration through introduced pest species as well as the effects of climate change. Removing invasive plant species and planting new trees is critical to ensure the survival of these pristine rainforest areas – therefore, the helping hands of dedicated conservation volunteers are of utmost importance.

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