Australia – Port Stephens Wildlife Park

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Volunteer with rescued, orphaned and endangered species at a wildlife park near Newcastle, Australia. Participants will assist the local park staff in their endeavours to educate the community on wildlife conservation matters as well as to continue its conservation efforts.

Program Highlights

  • Be surrounded by free roaming kangaroos all day!
  • Work closely with Australian wildlife such as koalas, dingos and wombats
  • Ethical wildlife volunteer tasks
  • Encounter non-native species such as lemurs, water buffalo and alligators
  • Learn about campaigns for the preservation of endangered species
  • Participate in enrichment activities with many of the animals
  • Work closely with staff at the park
  • Spend the weekend exploring Newcastle or book yourself a trip to Sydney


Your Schedule at a Glance: (Minimum one-week duration):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD). The local team will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you to your accommodations in Newcastle. Meet and greet your fellow volunteers.

Day 1, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to the wildlife park, along with training before beginning volunteer tasks.

Days 2-5, Tuesday- Friday: Join the staff in their daily tasks of animal enrichment activities, food preparation and animal feeding, park maintenance and visitor interactions.

Days 6-7, Saturday and Sunday: Volunteers staying for only one week will depart on Saturday. Volunteers who are extending their stay can spend the weekend resting or exploring Newcastle and its surrounds.

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free.

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Location icon Location of the Project: Port Stephens, Australia

Project length Project length: Min 1 week – Max 4 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Animal care and park maintenance

Age Age: 18-65. Participants aged 16 and 17 may apply with parental consent and participants above 65 may apply with medical clearance.

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared dormitory-style accommodation

Food Food: Food is provided for three, self-catered meals per day during the week and two on weekends.

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:

Orientation Orientation: All participants will receive the required training upon arrival.Training may be ongoing as new tasks arise.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, airport drop-off on departure day, lunches on weekends, personal expenses.

This wildlife park is located just north of Newcastle, in Port Stephens. The accommodations are in Newcastle, which is Australia’s second oldest city. Newcastle is a lively and cultural residential area and a three-hour train ride to downtown Sydney.


Volunteers will work at a family owned and operated park, that strives to provide a fun, safe and educational experience for the public, while promoting a variety of animal conservation and preservation campaigns. This is an active park that participates in catch-and-release and research projects, as well as fundraising activities. By participating in this project, you will contribute to a wildlife park that provides a safe haven for endangered animals as well as a variety of farm animals.

Some of your tasks may include:

  • Helping staff with general animal care
  • Maintaining a refuge for injured and orphaned animals
  • Enclosure and park maintenance
  • Light construction work
  • Mending fences from damage done by the free-range wildlife
  • Food preparation and animal feeding
  • Wildlife enrichment initiatives

Internet icon Internet: Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house.

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry facilities are available at the volunteer house

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, same-gender, dormitory-style rooms in a volunteer house in the outskirts of Newcastle. There are four to six volunteers per shared room. There is a large kitchen and a smaller kitchen, as well as a living room and large backyard. The volunteer house is a 15-minute walk from the train station, and a nearly three-hour train ride to downtown Sydney.

Food icon Food: Food will be provided for volunteers to prepare their own breakfast and dinner. A packed lunch will be provided on weekdays. During weekends, all meals are self-served from the pantry and fridge stocks.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Participants below 18 should have parental consent and participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program
  • Must be willing to do light construction work
  • Must not be afraid of wild animals and insects
  • High level of physical fitness
  • Interest in wildlife conservation
  • Basic level of English
  • Police clearance

Explore Newcastle, Australia’s second oldest city, and enjoy its lively cultural events, delicious cuisine and nearby wineries. Newcastle is also known for its beautiful harbor and white sandy beaches.

You can also take the weekend to travel down to Sydney and enjoy Australia’s most populous city. The places of interest and activities which you can enjoy during your free time include heritage sites, beaches, city centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows:

Hyde Park
This one’s for the nature lover! Take a stroll through Sydney’s oldest public park and admire the mixture of fig, palm and other types of trees that line the beautiful gardens.

Sydney Opera House
Visit one of Australia’s most iconic places! Whether you just want to enjoy the architecture or actually want to see one of the theater’s forty shows per week, this landmark is a promising tourist destination.

Bondi Beach
Soak up the sun at one of Australia’s most popular beach destinations! This beach is a hot spot for any volunteers who are looking to relax in the sand or surf the waves in their free time.

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