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 which you have booked beforehand, Here you will spend the following night. The next morning you will meet your group at a city hostel in Norman Park/Brisbane from where you will start your journey together.
During your conservation trip in Down Under you dedicate yourself to exploring spectacular coastal sites in and around the Great Sandy National Park and, at the same time, contribute to conserving the pristine beaches and marine wildlife of Southeast Queensland.
For the first half of the day, you and your group usually become active in conserving the breathtaking coastline of Great Sandy National Park. The collection and analysis of marine debris, the removal of weeds and the preparation of pandanus trees for biological control to protect them from invasive jamella hoppers will be your main tasks.
The second half of your day will be spent exploring nature and wildlife of Great Sandy National Park and its surroundings. You and your international group will discover numerous breathtaking and partly iconic nature locations before returning back to the city of Brisbane on the last day of the programme.
Your accommodation during the trip will be camping with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will share a tent with at least one other participant. Three meals per day plus 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.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
After your contribution to different conservation tasks and exploring unique nature sites of Great Sandy National Park, the evening hours provide some time for your own activities: Relax together with your group members and talk about the highlights of the day, play games or read books. If you will stay in the programme for more than five days, the weekend(s) can also be used for own activities.
In the Cooloola region, about 20% of pandanus plant have died due to high infestations of jamella hoppers. A parasitic warp controls these tiny insects in North Queensland, their actual home. But through transport of padanus trees and/or climate change the jamella hoppers have made their way to the Southern part of Queensland where the parasitic warp is not present. The consequence: the insects are wreaking havoc on the coastal ecosystems which causes dieback of pandanus trees. In different projects volunteers help preparing areas of pandanus for a biological control programme to control the jamella hoppers.
Furthermore, they will help collect marine debris to prevent materials like rope, nets and plastics from being washed into the ocean and harming marine wildlife. The debris will be recorded and the data provided to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation for analysis. This contributes to a national database on marine debris helping to identify source polluters.