You arrive at Cairns Airport – one day prior to the official start of the journey. After that you’ll make your way to a hotel/hostel in town where you spend the following night. The next morning you will meet your group at a city hostel in Cairns. Together you start your journey to the Atherton Tablelands.
During your conservation journey in Australia you dedicate yourself to exploring spectacular nature sites in the country’s tropical Northeast and, at the same time, contribute to conserving the pristine rainforest habitat of the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
For the first half of the day, you and your group usually become active in protecting and restoring North Queensland’s tropical rainforest. In general, you’ll be involved in planting trees, invasive weed control, installing tree guards and mulching.
The second half of your day will be spent exploring nature and wildlife of the Wet Tropics. From Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham to Malanda Falls and the night wildlife of the rainforest – you will discover numerous wonderful nature locations before returning back to the city of Cairns on the last day of the programme.
Your accommodation during the programme will be camping with communal bathroom amenities featuring solar powered rainwater showers. You will share a large twin tent with another participant. Daily snacks as well as three meals per day will be provided. Meal-preparation 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 you’ve contributed to different conservation tasks and enjoyed fantastic nature sites of northeastern Australia, you’ll have time for your own activities in the evening: Spend time with the others and discuss the events of the day, play games or read a book. If you decide to stay in the programme for more than five days, you can also use the weekend(s) for your own activities.
The Wet Tropics of Queensland consist of approx. 8.940 km² of Australian wet tropical forests. The vast region stretches from Townsville to Cooktown and borders the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The tropical rainforests are recognized internationally for their ancient ancestry. Unique plants and animals grow here, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Moreover, Australia’s Aboriginal people have lived continuously in and near the rainforest environment for thousands of years – which is why the Wet Tropics are not only ecologically but also of culturally highly important. Help of dedicated volunteers is required in order to ensure the forests’ survival. By removing weeds, planting trees and GPS mapping national park sites you actively contribute to conserving the fascinating Wet Tropics of Queensland.