Australia Wallaby Rescue

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1. In Brief

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia and is home many of the close to 1000 different bird species, over 700 reptile species and almost 400 mammal species that are found in Australia. With an area of 1,852,642 km2, Queensland is enormous and still overwhelmingly undeveloped and untouched by contemporary human development. However, the loss of precious habitats and the fragmentation of bushland into smaller and more isolated pockets and the spread of feral, predatory animals such at the household cat mean that many native species are struggling to survive.

A prime example of this is the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata), a small wallaby found in three isolated areas in Queensland and whose population is in rapid decline. The total population of the species is currently estimated to be less than 300 mature individuals in the wild. It was once quite widely distributed throughout eastern Australia, but following European arrival on the continent and from the 1900s in particular, the species suffered dramatically from shooting for its beautifully marked fur and also because it was considered a pest to farmers. Current threats to the species include predation by introduced species, wildfires and prolonged drought and habitat destruction by the pastoral industry which also results in an increased competition for food sources.

Other species at the centre include the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats and Squirrel Glider Possums. By volunteering for this project, you can help to stop the rapid decline of these precious native species through rescue, research and conservation.

  

Project Highlights

  • Get close to endangered native Australian species
  • The opportunity to be involved in important research
  • Improve your understanding of conservation efforts in Oz

Project Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Intermediate level of English ability
  • Limited availability so booking in advance is recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Queensland, Australia
Activities

Feeding and food preparation
Cleaning & maintaining shelters
Rehabilitation of injured animals
Husbandry assistance
Property maintenance

Transport Airport pick-up
Transport to the centre
Accommodation Shared accommodation at the centre

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This conservation and research centre has been in existence for almost 15 years and is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Australia’s natural environment and native species. The rescue and rehabilitation of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife is one of the main activities of the centre, which also provides extensive support and assistance to many volunteer wildlife carers around the community. The centre also manages a number of captive husbandry and breeding programmes in partnership with local government authorities, universities and zoological institutions to conduct vital research on Australian wildlife, with emphasis on threatened species. The centre welcomes volunteers from all over the world, as well as students and researchers who want to gain experience and contribute to the important work of the project.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This project is a unique way to experience the everyday running of a breeding, rehabilitation and research centre that cares for vulnerable and endangered wildlife. Volunteer efforts are integral to the successful functioning of the centre and its programmes and it’s important to remember how your small contribution impacts the long-term goals of this project.

Your day to day activities may include feeding efforts and food preparation, cleaning and maintaining animal shelters, property maintenance, husbandry and assistance with research and data collection. Especially during the warmer months, days start very early and break for rest during the heat of the day before reconvening to finish tasks in the afternoon. It’s important to be flexible and adaptive as you may be required to assist with several different tasks depending on the priorities of the centre when you are there.
 

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met at Gladstone airport by a local staff member. It is important to arrive before 1pm as the project site is located some way from town. It is also possible to arrange a pickup from Gladstone town centre if you’re traveling overland.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Volunteers stay in their own room in the volunteer quarters, which is situated close by the main homestead. Sometimes you may need to share a room with another volunteer depending on numbers. There is a large kitchen and food preparation area, porch area, benches and tables on the grass and volunteers are allowed to make use of other homestead facilities. There is a laundry for washing your clothes and a hot shower. The project is located in a rural area and is not within easy access of bars or restaurants so it’s a chance to relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be able to access the pantry room as you please to prepare your own breakfast and lunch with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, cereals, breads and condiments to choose from. Evening meals are usually prepared for or with volunteers and shared together with staff. Preferred food and varying diets can accommodated, just be sure to inform your Volunteer Coordinator and local staff.

4. The reviews

Tanya's Rockhampton Adventure  | 1 Jun 2017
It was absolutely fantastic. I was a week late getting there due to flight disruptions becau...

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VALUABLE WORK  | 8 Mar 2016
Wonderful place with very valuable work. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about these amazing animals ...

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A great start to an Aussie Adventure  | 30 Jan 2016
My friend and I were met at the airport by Peter, who whisked us away to what seemed like th...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Queensland is an extremely popular destination for tourists and travellers and is therefore geared towards providing adventure activities and attractions for visitors. For reasonable prices you can try out a huge range of popular sports such as bungee jumping, sky diving, 4WD tours, mountain biking, or water-based sports on the coast such as jet boating, water skiing or even whale watching. Local providers are expert professionals and will guarantee a safe and exciting experience and with its dramatic landscapes and rugged rural scenery, Australia provides the perfect backdrop for these kinds of pastimes. Do remember that while on the project you will be in a remote location so you will need to plan for extra time at the beginning or end of your project if you wish to experience other activities.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,545

Extra week $645

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly. Please arrive on the first Friday of the month.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Gladstone (QL) (GLT)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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