Wildlife Care Australia

Queensland, Australia



The Experience

Visit one of the most beautiful locations in the world in beautiful Tropical North Queensland, Australia and be part of an exciting volunteer experience. Work along with a dedicated team at a wildlife park whose goal is to conserve and care for Australia’s native wildlife and ensure that visitors to the park have a grand experience. Have close encounters with platypus, echidna, possums, macropods, crocodiles, thousands of different species of birds and many more.

The project is located at a zoo about forty-five minutes from Cairns where the Great Barrier Reef meets the World Heritage Rainforest. This volunteer program gives volunteers the chance to work closely with the animal keepers in all their duties at the zoo and eventually the opportunity exists for volunteers themselves to be responsible for key tasks. Although the work can be physically demanding and strenuous, you will have an enjoyable time in Tropical North Queensland. Whether it’s preparing food for the wildlife, collecting and distributing leaves for Koalas or helping with the maintenance and cleaning of enclosures the time spent on this program will be memorable. There are amazing opportunities to explore this beautiful region of Australia during your days off. The program is extremely popular so it is recommended if you plan months in advance to secure a spot!

This Is Why

  • Help in the conservation and care for Australia’s native wildlife.
  • Work closely with animal keepers in all aspects of their roles.
  • Great opportunity to explore the beauty of Tropical North Queensland.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round (Program starts every Tuesday. Volunteers must arrive in Cairns on Monday.)
  • Package Price
    2 weeks  2,495 US$
  • 4 weeks: 3,295 US$
    6 weeks 4,295 US$
    8 weeks 4,995 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    4, 6 and 8 weeks.
  • Average Work hours
    Generally, you will be working for four days then have two days off. However, this can vary depending on the number of volunteers in the program at the time. You will be picked up from your accommodation just after 7am and get dropped back to the hostel at 2:30pm.
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Hostel – Shared mixed dorm accommodation
  • Internet Access
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Persons who have a great love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning. You must be physically fit and in good health. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs while at the program. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Australia

Where? Austalasia, Queensland

Country Size: 1,852,642 million km2 
715,300 sq mi

Population density? 2.7/km2

Country Famous for? Unique wildlife, pristine beaches, Australian cuisine (pies, tim tams, lamingtons and pavlova), bushwalking, vibrant cities, friendly people – Aussie mateship, sunshine and perfect weather

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Wildlife Care - Australia
    • Accommodation
      You will spend a night at a hostel in Cairns on arrival and departure and the rest of the time at a hostel in Port Douglas. Both accommodation will be a mixed dorm share: comfortable rooms, air-conditioning, modern facilities, self-catering kitchens.
    • Meals
      You will be provided with two meals per day on work days. You are responsible for all other meals. There is a self-catering kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and food supplies are available to purchase nearby.
    • Airport Pick up & drop off

      You will be picked up from Cairns Airport and taken to your accommodation in Cairns where you will spend one night. The next day, you will be transferred to the project.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Australia after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Australia you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Meals on non-work days.

    Package Price: 
    04 Weeks: $3,295.00 US
    06 Weeks: $4,295.00 US
    08 Weeks: $4,995.00 US


    As a volunteer at the project, you will become part of a dedicated team who aim is to conserve and care for the local wildlife and ensure that visitors to the park have an enjoyable time. At the project, you will work along with the animal keepers and be involved in several tasks. Keep in mind that the work can at times be physically demanding and strenuous. Some of your key tasks will include:

    • Preparation of food for native wildlife
    • Help to clean and maintain animal enclosures
    • Koala leaf collection and distribution
    • Upkeep of displays and exhibits
    • Animal handling
    • Plant identification and collecting
    • Caring for injured & orphaned animals and assist with record keeping duties under supervision.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
    • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18+
    • No animal allergies
    • Extreme Weather (heat & cold) especially the heat in the summer.
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
    • Good knowledge of the English
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Work along with other dedicated individuals to help conserve and care for Australia’s native wildlife.
    • Learn what it is to be an Animal Keeper.
    • Great opportunity to view one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef!
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Cairns, Australia
    • Area Famous For
      Known as the Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Sea Turtles, Wildlife watching, beaches, waterfalls friendly people
    • When to visit
      All year round
    • Wildlife viewing
      Cairns has great opportunities to view wildlife which includes Sea turtles, Mahogany Gliders, saltwater crocodiles, Kangaroos and Green Possums and much more!
        • Itinerary & Details

          Day 1 - Arrive in Cairns, Australia;
          You will arrive in beautiful Cairns where you will be met at the airport and transferred to a hostel to spend one night. The next day you will be transferred to your accommodation near the project.

          For 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks - Be a Wildlife volunteer! For the coming weeks you will have a great time working directly with animal keepers and aid in the conservation and care for Australia’s amazing wildlife.

          Your last day - you will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through Australia. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country.

  • Accommodation
    As a wildlife volunteer, you will spend a night at a hostel in Cairns on your arrival and departure. For the rest of the time while you are on the program, you will be staying at another hostel close to the project. Your room will be a shared mixed room dorm at both locations. The rooms are comfortable with AC, modern facilities and a clean self-catering kitchen.

    What to bring? Bring a long with you; fully enclosed work boots, socks, sunscreen, shorts/Trousers for daily work (beige, khaki or brown), light weight waterproof jacket and a camera.


    Two meals are included on work days. The hostel provides kitchen facilities so you can make your own meals on non-working days or any other meal you wish to prepare. No meal provisions are given. Food supplies will be available to purchase nearby.


    This project is located in Tropical North Queensland at a zoo in Port Douglas. About 45 minutes from Cairns, you will have amazing opportunities to explore the Tropical North during your days off.

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