Explore Australian conservation projects.
We take a closer look at Australian conservation projects that can directly benefit from your help as a volunteer.
Eco Companion works with a number of Australian conservation projects from the removal of beach waste to preserving endangered wombats. There’s a lot to choose from, so I’ve whittled the list down to my three favourite trips right now. These volunteering projects aren’t your usual holiday, there a chance to give something back, experience a new country, its people and most importantly its wildlife and nature.
Why take part in conservation volunteering? Is it a holiday?
Well if your idea of a holiday is centred around 2 weeks in Spain lying around a pool then you’ll probably think not but for the adventurous and eco-conscious amongst us, absolutely. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do on your travels, especially if you’re an animal lover and keen to see our planet’s wildlife preserved for future generations.
We’d recommend some simple tips to figure out if a wildlife conservation trip is for you.
Do go if:
- You have a passion for wildlife and its preservation
- You have an interest in learning more about wildlife conservation and its wider goals
- You want to immerse yourself in a local lifestyle that’s likely to be very different to what you’re used to
- You’ve been on safari and loved it but want to do something that’s more involved
- You’re looking for something really different from your next adventure, conservation volunteering is the definition of a travel experience not a holiday
- You’re not afraid to step out of your comfort zone
Don’t go if:
- You want to cuddle cute animals, a lot of conservation is hands-off
- You want to party, wildlife conservation is a vital project wherever you are
- You want air-con and mod-cons. Although Eco Companion does have a host of luxury Eco-Accommodation options to choose from most conservation projects provide basic but functional lodgings
- You can’t manage your expectations. This isn’t a zoo and the animals don’t stick to a timetable
3 of our favourite Australian conservation projects
Conserving Australia’s Rare Native Species
You touch down in Sidney, spending a couple of nights to acclimatise before heading into the Blue Mountains. Staying at the Wolgan Valley Resort, which is the first Eco-Resort to be certified carbon neutral. During your time in the Blue Mountains you’ll get stuck in with wildlife conservation; assisting with animal counting, help to plant native trees and help university teams to conduct vital research. You’ll learn loads about Australia’s wildlife and flora and fauna and really get your hands dirty!
Your trip is capped off via the The Great Barrier Reef where you’ll spend a couple of nights of relaxation on the remote Hayman Island.
We think this trip is a great balance between hard work and relaxation. You’ll visit three iconic locations; Sidney, The Blue Mountains and the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation is truly sustainable and it’s about as close to nature as you can get.
Click to book Conserving Australia’s Rare Native Species
The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is South Australia’s state animal, and can be found in scattered areas from the country’s eastern Nullarbor Plain to the New South Wales border area. Sadly they are coming under increasing pressure from climate change and declining food sources. One of Australia’s foremost conservation projects, the work here plays a vital role in securing the future of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat for future generations.
Your trip takes you to Brookfield Conservation Park not far from Adelaide (by Australian standards!) where you’ll join in with the day-to-day conservation and research activities. Staying in a local homestead, this is a chance to immerse yourself amongst the Australian wildlife and the great efforts being taken in their preservation.
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Eco Beach Turtles
Flatback Sea Turtles can be found along the sandy beaches and shallow waters of Australia’s coastline, and take their name from their flattened shell. Flatback turtles are threatened by habitat loss, oceanic pollution, climate change and the wildlife trade, among other factors. On this rewarding conservation project volunteers work alongside researchers to gather crucial data on the species, helping to protect Flatback Sea Turtles and ensure their long-term survival.
You’ll stay at the amazing Eco Beach Resort on Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast where you’ll play an important role in monitoring flatback turtles. Daily tasks include helping to carry out various project activities, conducting beach patrols, tagging and measuring individual turtles, counting eggs, and recording nest data. Working closely with turtles, this is a unique and rare chance to really connect with the natural world that surrounds you!
Want to help the Flatback Turtles? Check our the Eco Beach Turtle Project
We think these are three pretty inspiring experiences. Why not give us a call and we can help you plan your next amazing experience in nature Call us +44 (0) 203 772 8820