Trip Details

Australia has some of the world’s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in Australia. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. Sadly, however, Australia is facing an extinction crisis, with more than 30 native mammal species becoming extinct since European settlement only 130 years ago. Today, more than 1,700 species of Australian animals and plants are listed as at risk of extinction.

The leading threat to native Australian wildlife is humans, with most losses due to predation and competition for food by introduced species like foxes and rabbits, and destruction of habitat to make way for buildings, farmlands, mines, sports fields and roads. It is for this reason that animal sanctuaries are of critical importance, to preserve natural habitat for wildlife as well as being places where people can visit and learn how to help with wildlife conservation. In this program you will have the opportunity to compensate for some of the damage that we do as we compete with animals for their scarce resources. You will make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife as you work alongside the rangers at a local sanctuary that provides refuge for species that are at real risk of extinction.

Set amongst 170 acres of natural bushland, with 80 acres protected by a state of the art feral-predator proof fence, this is the largest feral-free natural bushland on Australia’s eastern seaboard. Walkabout Park provides a safe natural home for over 180 species of mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles. The 80 acres of bush is home to all the wild creatures that naturally live there. This sanctuary also provides a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1: Arrival Week
Sunday – Arrival day
Arrive in Sydney between 8am and 5pm where participants will be met by ou representative and then taken to the Sydney Central YHA. Lunch (depending on the time they arrive) and dinner will be provided.

Day 1 – Monday
Orientation Day – Sydney City
Participants will meet their coordinator at 9.00 am in the foyer of the Sydney Central YHA for their orientation
induction and information session. Information will be given about their stay in Sydney, paper work will be completed, house rules will be explained and tips about local culture will be provided, etc. Participants will then head off for a fun filled orientation day in Sydney, returning to the YHA by 5pm. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm, and dinner time will be at each participant’s own discretion.

Day 2 – Tuesday
Orientation Day – Sydney City
Participants will meet their coordinator at 9am in the foyer of the Sydney Central YHA and head off for another
fun filled orientation day in Sydney, returning to the YHA by 4pm. Participants will then attend an information session about Wildlife Park. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm, and dinner time will be at each participant’s own discretion.

Day 3 – Wednesday
Departure for Wild Animal Sanctuary – Calga (arrive same day)
8.00 am – Breakfast at YHA
10.00 am – Depart for Calga (by scenic train ride)
1.00 pm – Lunch
3.00 pm – Induction to program (Note: The Project Induction is conducted once every second week on Wednesdays i.e. the Wednesday of ‘arrival week’.)

For safety reasons, participants cannot volunteer at The Wildlife Park unless they have been through the Project Induction. For this reason, it is a MUST that participants arrive in arrival week only.

Day 3 -Thursday
8.00 am – Breakfast
9.00 am – 11.00 am – Participate in Wildlife Animal Sanctuary Program
11.00 am – 12.00 pm – Brunch (an early Lunch) ‘self-serve’ from the pantry stores that will be replenished as needed.
12.00 pm – 2.00 pm – Continue with the program
2.00 pm – Finish the program for the day
3.00pm – Community Event
6.00pm – Dinner

Day 4 – Friday
8.00 am – Breakfast
9.00 am – 11.00 am – Participate in Wildlife Animal Sanctuary Program
11.00 am – 12.00 pm – Brunch (an early Lunch)
12.00 pm – 2.00 pm – Continue with the program
2.00 pm – Finish the program for the day
6.00 pm – Dinner

Days 5&6 – Saturday & Sunday – Volunteer Free Days
Volunteers who choose to stay at the Centre on weekends will be provided lunch and dinner.

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Australia

Australia is the most popular gap year holiday & travel destination in the world with a number of diverse locations where Australia gap year adventures, volunteer work and road trips can be undertaken.  It is an island continent and the world’s sixth largest country, with a population of roughly 22.7 million people. Lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the country is approximately 4,000 km from east to west and 3,200 km from north to south, with a coastline 36,735 km long.  There are some stunning natural wonders you can take in when enjoying a gap year holiday in Australia such as The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock) as well as some man made ones like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Australia’s first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from some unknown point in Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country’s landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Australia, working whilst travelling or are considering volunteer work in Australia have a look at our latest gap experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa