Wildlife Sanctuary Australia

Queensland, Australia



The Experience

Are you a nature lover? Then venture in to Australia and be part of a unique opportunity and gain the satisfaction that comes from working in a great environment with an amazing team. Work along with staff and other volunteers from all walks of life at a privately-owned zoo that is dedicated to the care of Australia’s native wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals include thousands of birds, koalas, crocodiles, eclectus parrots, squirrel gliders, crocodiles, kangaroos, red-tailed cockatoos, snakes, lizards and so many more!

The Sanctuary is quite popular with many of the local schools, and is recognized as an Advanced Ecotourism Attraction, winning numerous tourism awards. As a volunteer, you will be working shoulder to shoulder with the rangers, where you will perform a variety of duties based on experience and competence. While the minimum duration for a volunteer is two weeks, volunteering for a longer period allows you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge about Australia’s native wildlife and working at a Zoo. This project is perfect for you if you enjoy wildlife and want to live/work in an amazing environment. You will dedicate your time towards the conservation of native wildlife and assist in educating and entertain ing visitors. Volunteers play an important role in the Sanctuary. The work is rewarding but can be physically demanding and by no means an ’easy holiday option’!

This Is Why

  • Unique opportunity of working along with Rangers at a Zoo in Australia!
  • Assist with the daily activities and with visitors.
  • Have close encounters and care for different wildlife species of Australia.
  • Great opportunity to explore Australia on your days off!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round
  • Package Price
    2 week  1,495 US$
    4 weeks 1,895 US$
    6 weeks 2,295 US$
    8 weeks 2,795 US$
  • 10 weeks 2,995 US$
    12 weeks 3,695 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    2 - 12 weeks (other durations available on request)
  • Average Work hours
    You will be required to volunteer at least 5 days a week. Your shift will be from 7:30am to 4:00pm
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
  • Internet Access
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Australia

Where? Austalasia, Queensland

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

Population density? 2.7/km2

Country Famous for? Koalas, Kangaroos, Wildlife watching, pristine beaches, vibrant cities, friendly people, Sunshine State of Australia

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Wildlife Sanctuary Australia
    • Accommodation
      Volunteers will be staying at a hostel in Townsville.
    • Meals
      Meals included at homestay and not included if you choose to stay at the hostel.
    • Airport Pick up & drop off

      Fly to Townsville Airport where your homestay family will be waiting on you. 
    • 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 Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Meals at Hostel

    Package Price: 
    02 Weeks: $1,495.00 US
    04 Weeks: $1,895.00 US
    08 Weeks: $2,795.00 US
    12 Weeks: $3,695.00 US


    Volunteers play a vital role at the zoo in assisting with the daily activities. Your work will depend on the area you are interested in and will mostly be focused on cleaning, maintenance and food preparation. You will participate in the volunteer training program where training will be done in various activities and progress through Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Skills and for appropriate volunteers, to Specialist Skills. The amount and type of animal interaction that volunteers are involved with generally increases with progression through the skill levels. Some volunteers will be asked to perform different duties that you would not be allowed to perform. This is only because they have been volunteering for much longer than you and in time you can also have the same opportunities. Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:

    • Preparing enclosures and the grounds for daily visitors. This includes raking, cleaning, feeding and of course, picking up poo!
    • Preparing food and treats for our animals (including carnivores)
    • Assisting the Rangers in presenting our daily wildlife talks and facilitating animal interactions
    • Assisting in the maintenance of the grounds
    • Assisting the Rangers with their duties, such as weighing our animals and undertaking health checks
    • Helping our visitors get the most out of their time at the Sanctuary
    • Assisting the Rangers with tour groups
    • Other specialised activities, such as preparing educational material, gardening, construction and visitor assistance.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 2 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
    • Available and able to work at the agreed times and days, regardless of weather conditions.
    • High knowledge of the English and good communication skills.Friendly and don’t mind getting dirty, Well-presented and able to interact appropriately with visitors.
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics. Must be able to work independently and with others.
    • Able to listen to and follow instructions
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Get trained in the care of Australia’s Native wildlife and learn what it takes to run a zoo.
    • Interact with visitors educating them about the different species of wildlife.
    • Meet other concerned individuals like yourself and have great opportunities to explore beautiful Queensland.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Queensland, Australia
    • Area Famous For
      Koalas, Kangaroos, Wildlife watching, pristine beaches, vibrant cities, friendly people, Sunshine State of Australia
    • When to visit
      All year round
    • Wildlife viewing
      Great opportunity to view wildlife including Koalas, kangaroos, Echidnas, Platypus, Emu, Common and Southern Hairy-nose Wombat and many, many more!
        • Itinerary & Details

          Day 1 - Arrive in Townsville, Australia;
          You will arrive in beautiful Townsville where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hostel and then regualr pick up will be done to be transfered to and fro the volunteer project.

          For 2 - 12 weeks - Work along with the Rangers of the Zoo! For the coming weeks, you will have a great time working directly with the Rangers and participating in the daily activities.

          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
    Volunteers will be staying at a hostel in Townsville.


    Since you will be staying at a hostel, you will need to prepare your own meals.


    This project is in Queensland, Australia where you have great opportunities to experience the authentic Australian outback experience!

I had an unforgettable experience in Australia. Firstly, my homestay was very welcoming and accommodating. She was very generous in showing me the city of Townsville on our breaks and offered me rides to any attractions I wanted to visit. It was always nice to have a laidback home to come back to at the end of the day. I believe this helped me with the transition to living in a completely foreign country. 

For attempting to work at a wildlife sanctuary, I thought the size of the Wildlife Sanctuary Australia was perfect for me because it did not feel overwhelming, but it was enough to house a variety of Australian wildlife I have always wanted to see. The rangers were attentive based on their time constraints and my supervisor was fair in giving me critical feedback. 

I really appreciate all of the above and how willing the staff of Fronteering were in answering any questions at any given time of the process. In conclusion, I would recommend this experience to anyone who wishes to gain experience in the zoo industry. It is hard work, and it is definitely NOT cuddling animals most of the time! But, it will pay off if you put in the effort.

Emma from Canada

Hello Miranda Li,

I am having an amazing time here. Everyone is super nice and it wasn't hard seeing this place as my new home. Mellee is a very lovely hostmum and I am glad to stay at the Vaughan's place. I'm already more than half way through my project and I have to say it is a project I can definitely recommend to others! The people are very sweet and caring. It took me just a couple of days to fit in the daily work and it was fun from the first day on. We are living quite far off from town, which means I don't get to town that often but it doesn't matter because I am having a really great time over here.

I am definitely having a time I will never forget!

Lilli from Germany


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