Be a volunteer for the Sub-Tropical Beach Conservation Program with Volunteering Solutions in Australia, and create memories that would last for a lifetime. While many people travel to Australia every year, not many get this opportunity to be a responsible traveler. You'll be working with a bunch of enthusiastic ones, guided by a professional conservationist, in Cooloola, located 250 km north of Brisbane in the stunning Great Sandy National Park.
As a volunteer, you'll be helping to protect this magical coastline by collecting and analyzing marine debris, removing weeds and preparing iconic pandanus trees for biological control to protect them from invasive jamella hoppers. It's gonna be an amazing experience and a great learning journey for all you people out there!
The oceans in this region are home to turtles, dugongs and thousands of fish species while the land boasts endless beaches, remnant rainforests, wetlands and iconic Australian bush that provide habitat for over 7,500 species of plants and animals. In winter months keep an eye on the horizon for Humpback Whales migrating north to their breeding grounds.
Day 1 - Get Started With Your Program
You'll meet all the other volunteers in Brisbane, and then start your journey towards Cooloola via Teewah 4 WD Beach (depending on tides). Once we reach Cooloola, we'll set up our camps and have lunch. Our experts will also narrate you about the conservation program in brief.
In the afternoon, you'll start working and your tasks would mainly include debris collection, pandanus cleaning and weed removal.
Meals - Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 - Conservation Work & Travel Time
In the morning, you'll be continuing with your conservation work, and return back to the campsite in the afternoon. We'll then go to the world-famous Carlo Sand Blow for an authentic Aussie fish & chips experience! Soak in the picturesque views, before heading back to the campsite. Post dinner, we'll be stargazing and spotlighting to see some nocturnal animals.
Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Conservation Work & Travel Time
Today, you'll continue with your conservation work, and return back to the campsite early afternoon. Then, we'll drive to Double Island Point and explore the beaches, rock pools, and lighthouse - as well as look out for the whales on the horizon! Post dinner, we'll be stargazing and spotlighting to see some nocturnal animals.
Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Wrap Up Volunteer Work & Travel To Gondwanan Rainforest
Today, you'll be finishing your project work and then head off to Poona Lake, walking through the wilderness of Gondwanan Rainforest, for picnic lunch. It'll be an amazing experience to explore the wilderness, and at night, we'll enjoy dinner in the camp followed by stargazing and spotlighting to find nocturnal animals.
Meal - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Travel To Brisbane & Say 'Goodbye'
This morning, we'll have breakfast and start our journey to Brisbane, via Teewah 4WD Beach (depending on tides). We'll stop at the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre and see platypus, wombats, and a lot of other animals. We’ll be back in Brisbane by 4 PM, and you can say ‘goodbye’ to all and carry on with your journey ahead!
Meals - Breakfast & Lunch
Note: Volunteering Solutions reserves the right to change the itinerary, volunteer activities, and accommodations without notice. Safety and the management of risks are Vol Sol's primary concern. We thank volunteers for their flexibility and understanding if changes occur.
You'll be camping at Cooloola with other volunteers, and our camos have communal bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Tents, stretcher beds, camp mattresses, and camp pillows are provided. Please bring a sleeping bag and a bath towel. It'll be a really funfilled experience to live here, along with other volunteers!
Three meals a day and snacks are provided. Meal preparation is a shared responsibility, with different participants taking turns helping to manage the meal preparation and clean-up. Don’t worry if you’re not a great cook, as everyone can do something to help, even if it’s just chopping vegetables!
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