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Australia - Australian Conservation Experience

This project offers a fun and friendly opportunity to contribute, in a practical way, to the conservation of the unique Australian environment. Help restore the region's ecology back to its natural, native state, maintain walking paths, or participate in flora and fauna surveys; this project has something for every conservation enthusiast!



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectVarious locations throughout Australia
Project LengthMin 2 week - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportAny major airport
Number of ParticipantsUp to 10 international volunteers
Age18 - 70
Important Tourist visa required to get into Australia, recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before departure

What's Included

AccommodationCaravans, hostels, shearer's quarters, bunkhouses, camping
FoodSupplied but you will need to help with cooking
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Transport Project-related transportation only
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, personal transportation, airport pick up and Visa (if required).


Although most of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it boasts a wide range of diverse habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognized as mega-diverse. Many of Australia's eco-regions, and the species within them, are threatened by human activities. Numerous protected areas have been created to preserve these unique ecosystems.  


About the Project

All projects start in major cities in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane (there is a list that you will choose from after registration). The volunteer work is relatively similar at all starting points – the main difference between the locations is the climate.  Northern Australia, such as Darwin, Perth, and Cairns offer warm temperatures while Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmania have cooler temperatures.

The following are examples of typical projects volunteers experience during their placements: 

  • A two-week placement in Victoria, starting in Melbourne, could include a week in the countryside helping with land restoration, before heading to the Great Ocean Road for a week of boardwalk construction with fabulous views!
  • A four-week placement in the Northern Territory could include helping on conservation projects in National Parks along the coast or helping with bird surveys on a remote cattle station.
  • A six-week placement in Queensland could see you visiting the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (the world's largest sand island) for a couple of weeks, doing  boardwalk construction, followed by some time in and around Brisbane helping with urban conservation projects; such as tree planting and weed control, before finishing with a fortnight of rainforest re-forestation.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

The projects offer volunteers the opportunity to contribute, in a practical way to conservation of the Australian environment. The projects involve:

  • Tree planting
  • Erosion and salinity control
  • Seed collection
  • Construction and maintenance of walking tracks
  • Endangered flora and fauna surveys
  • Weed control
  • Habitat restoration
  • Heritage restoration

Working hours and days:

Volunteers generally spend one or two weeks at each project site. Project hours are generally from 8am to 4pm. Projects take place in both urban and rural areas. Be prepared for the weather - different parts of Australia can be very hot or cold, so you'll need appropriate clothing (and sleeping bag) for the climate in the area you've chosen to visit.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: volunteers' accommodations will vary each week according to the location, and may include caravans, hostels, shared quarters, bunkhouses and camping (tents are supplied). Bring a sleeping mat as well as your sleeping bag, and be prepared to share.

Food: provisions are supplied and everyone helps with cooking, cleaning, and washing up. Dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan can be catered for - just remember to let the project organizers know.


Travel Highlights

Australia has lots of activities to offer depending on where your project takes you. Kick back on a beach in Western Australia, lose yourself in Melbourne, visit hundred-year-old giant trees in the forests of Tasmania or visit the Sydney Opera House. 


Minimum requirements

  • Minimum age 18, maximum age 70
  • Tourist visa to Australia. We recommend applying for the visa at least 6 weeks before departure.
  • Basic English
  • Good physical fitness
  • Love of the outdoors and interest in the environment


Here's an excerpt of Pei Chun's experience:

  "What we did for those two weeks was not so easy but it was truly meaningful. What I liked most about volunteering was getting to work in a unique environment that you wouldn’t have the chance to experience unless you were a volunteer. Most of the places we worked were deep in the mountains; so beautiful. Everyday we worked about five hours and the leaders would show us some beautiful and amazing places to visit on our time off."
Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Tian's experience:

  "The other two weeks I was sent to a small town near the sea, Warrnambool. It was a supper lovely town. I was amazed by the natural environment immediately. Diverse kinds of plants along the coast was impressive. We worked in a point danger area in the coast of Portland, where there is a unique ecological system with many different kinds of plants."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Monica's experience:

  "Actually I didn’t know what to expect when deciding to volunteer in Australia at this conservation project, but at the end I can say that it was a great opportunity to grow up, to help the environment of Australia, to discover new cultures from all around the world. I will never forget this experience and the people that I met."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


Here's an excerpt of Dominique's experience:

  "I didn't know what to expect when deciding to volunteer in Australia at this conservation project, but I've learned so much in terms of nature, wildlife, the environment, and self0growth as well as how to travel by myself.  I would highly recommend this project to anybody who is looking for adventure, looking for an affordable and great way to travel and meet other genuine individuals...!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Check out our Volunteer Blog at blog.goeco.org to read experiences written by GoEco volunteers from all over the world!

I loved playing cards at night, kangaroo and possum searches, darts tournaments with locals, good food, learning some Korean from fellow volunteers, seeing aboriginal paintings... oh yeah, getting muddy too! I'm now a pro puller of black willows - weeds!"

-Emily, Nottingham

I spent 2 weeks in Guyra helping with tree planting and wildlife survey projects - really good team and team leader - had a brilliant laugh! Then spent a week on beach restoration at Waigete - beautiful area and a picnic lunch on the beach every day! It's a good way to see unusual parts of Oz and make a difference while you're there."

-Steve, Liverpool

I loved the satisfaction of helping to build something - a stile and a boardwalk - that is going to be used by people many times over... it gives the opportunity to get off the backpacker trail and see remote places."

-Linda, Bath

One project involved working with local school children to plant trees, and being involved in environmental education activities - fun and rewarding. It was also great to see parts of the surrounding area - beautiful - and have a barbecue at Lake Eacham!"

-Helen, London

it was great - building fences around rain forest near Malanda, north Queensland, to protect tree kangaroo habitat - wonderful animals, and we met some lovely local people who made us feel so welcome. Excellent fun, great way to meet people and see parts of Australia you wouldn't otherwise, and to top it all, it is very beneficial to the environment!"

-Chris, Edinburgh

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