Australia - Beachside Wildlife Adventure – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Australia – Beachside Wildlife Adventure

Australia has arguably the most unique wildlife in the world. Lend a hand caring for koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies alongside rangers on Australia’s sunny Gold Coast.

Along the way, explore the rainforest on the hunt for waterfalls, enjoy a traditional Aboriginal celebration, spend an afternoon at a koala conservation center and relax on the beaches of North Stradbroke Island – the world’s second largest sand island.


Our Purpose

Australia is renowned for its kaleidoscope of indigenous creatures. Unfortunately, despite strict environmental regulations, the continued destruction of habitats, combined with climate change and the effect of invasive species, has wreaked havoc on Australia’s extraordinary wildlife population.

We’ll be learning from local rangers and conservation experts about the threats facing Australia’s magnificent indigenous wildlife, and the measures being taken to protect it. To achieve our purpose, spend time volunteering in the region’s leading wildlife conservation park, taking part in hands-on projects with iconic animals such as the koala and the kangaroo including gathering food and feeding the animals, as well as helping plant foliage as part of a legacy project.

(Volunteer Time = 8 hours, or 2 half-days)


What You'll Do

Despite strict environmental regulations, the continued destruction of habitats coupled with climate change and invasive species have wreaked havoc on Australia’s unrivaled indigenous wildlife population. As a result, conservation parks have been established throughout the country to implement research, breeding and education programs which ultimately aim to preserve these fragile populations, most of which can only be found in Australia.

Over the course of the trip, you’ll lend a hand at a local wildlife conservation park on the Gold Coast. Help the rangers care for the park’s wallabies, koalas and kangaroos as well as improve the infrastructure, plant trees and get a behind the scenes perspective on these curious creatures.  


What You'll See

Arrive to the sea and sand of Australia’s Gold Coast and unwind in your accommodation just steps from the beach. Spend the first days getting acquainted with area, enjoy a traditional Aboriginal ceremony, and cruise along the Gold Coast waterways. You will also get the rare opportunity to spend time learning about wildlife and getting hands-on with the rangers.

End the trip with two nights in seaside bungalows on North Stradbroke Island, the second largest sand island in the world. Learn to throw the boomerang and try the didgeridoo, spot kangaroos and koalas in the wild, take a kayak out into the calm sea and scout for dolphins along the island’s white sand beaches.

Continue on our post-trip extension to Sydney for 3 days of exploration along sandy beaches and Sydney’s iconic harbor.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

While our core itinerary focuses on wildlife and experiencing the culture along the Gold Coast, most extend their stay to experience Sydney on this optional post-trip extension! On arrival in Sydney, head off to explore the city on foot. We’ll walk along the quaint harbor of Circular Quay, before crossing the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge to get up close to the iconic Sydney Opera House. The next morning we’ll hop on a ferry across the bay to the Northern Beaches where, between June and February, we might see Australia’s

only penguin colony. Another ferry trip and we’ll be in picturesque Watson’s Bay in time for a fish and chips lunch. We’ll then set off to the legendary Bondi Beach, whose spectacular vistas of the Sydney coastline will be a wonderful last experience of your trip. Learn more about this 3 Day/ 2 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

During your time on the Gold Coast, you’ll be based at spacious beachside apartments surrounded by nature. All apartments have air-conditioning and are completely self-contained with fully equipped kitchens, laundry, balconies and double or single occupancy rooms. There is an outdoor in-ground pool and plenty of sunshine to relax under.

We’ll also spend two nights in charming seaside bungalows (with resident koalas) during our expedition to North Stradbroke Island. Take in stunning views of the bay and possibly spot dolphins just off the bungalow’s pier!

Deborah H.

Bethesda, MD

Traveler's Journal

“Watching kangaroos bounce along and koalas thriving in their native habitat was an experience I’ll never forget. My children were amazed not only by the wildlife, but by the different sides of Australia that we saw. On the one hand, you have the fascinating culture of the indigenous Aboriginal groups and on the other the laid-back beach culture that Australia is famous for.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: US $3,495 Adult* / $2,895 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

Nov 18-27, 2018

2019 Dates

Feb 3-12, 2019

Mar 3-12, 2019

Mar 17-26, 2019

May 5-14, 2019

Jun 9-18, 2019

Jul 14-23, 2019

Aug 4-13, 2019

Nov 17-26, 2019

2020 Dates

February 2-11, 2020

March 22-31, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement (single room in shared enclosed apartment) = $700.
  • Note: Even if you opted not to pay the SRS, if we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you then you will be required to pay the SRS at a later time.
  • All dates are Family Friendly

Sydney Post-Trip Extension

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

    • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners (1 free evening)
    • Transportation in private vehicles
    • 7 nights lodging in beachfront apartment on the Gold Coast
    • 2 nights lodging in North Stradbroke Island
    • Volunteer project at wildlife conservation park
    • All scheduled activities and excursions
    • Discover Corps Guide there to inform and educate you
    • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
    • Discover Corps pre-departure booklet
    • 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline

    What’s not included:

    • Tips for Discover Corps Host
    • International Airfare
    • Australia Visa

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 3 day/2 night post-trip extension to Sydney to any Australia departure. Click here to learn more.

  • Explore Sydney’s iconic harbor including the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
  • Take a ferry across the bay to Sydney’s Northern Beaches
  • Soak in the sun along Australia’s most famous beach – Bondi Beach
  • Enjoy free time to explore Sydney’s cosmopolitan city center

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