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Australia Ethical Conservation

Volunteer in locations all over Australia and assist to preserve, protect and restore the continent’s rich natural environment and unique native species.

Prices from $1,195

Travel to Australia and spend some time participating in various conservation projects located all over the country. There are a huge variety of projects on offer; you could be helping to conserve endangered wildlife, planting trees or surveying flora and fauna.  Each of the projects gives you the opportunity to gain hands on conservation experience whilst contributing to protecting and restoring Australia’s unique environmental heritage.

Australia hosts an abundance of exciting flora and fauna, however many of these species have become threatened or endangered. During your trip you will assist with land and wildlife conservation programs which aim to restore these important ecosystems in order to protect wildlife. After having explored and worked in the region, you'll come away satisfied that you have done your bit to help protect the region’s impressive landscape and wildlife.




  • Gain hands on conservation experience
  • Help with vital wildlife and conservation work
  • Help to protect and promote Australia's diversity
  • Get to know and understand Australian native species


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Various locations around Australia
Activities Tree Planting
Erosion Control
Seed Collection
Track Construction
Floral & faunal surveys
Habitat restoration
Endangered species protection
Weed control
Beach cleanups and surveys
Environmental monitoring
Transport Volunteers must make their own way to the local office
Accommodation Shared accommodation


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Ground transfers
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup




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.


The project works alongside local communities to assist on land conservation and environment rehabilitation programs that have been set up across the region. The aim of these programs is to help restore damaged ecosystems in order to help support Australia's unique plants and animals. Volunteers will work in some of the region’s most beautiful national parks, surrounded by Eucalyptus forest and an abundance of wildlife. These precious natural ecosystems act as refuges for a number of Australia’s most threatened and endangered species. The land is also of significant cultural importance to the local Aboriginal people. These ecosystems are under threat from introduced pest species such as feral animals and weeds, habitat destruction and fragmentation, unsustainable development, drought and pollution from incorrect waste disposal. This all has a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystems that support Australia’s unique flora and fauna



Projects are located in Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville. You will need to decide which location you would prefer to volunteer at and then let us know so that we can check availability.

As a conservation volunteer you will be working to reverse and mitigate some negative impacts on the environment, and help to restore ecosystems. You will do this through re-vegetation efforts and tree planting, weed and pest removal activities, cleaning bush areas and waterways, building protective fencing and other infrastructure and maintaining wildlife corridors to ensure the safe passage of species between healthy ecosystems, away from the dangers of roads and motorways.

It is hard to know exactly which project you could be working on as projects vary greatly depending on the season, conservation priorities and the needs of local communities. As with all volunteering opportunities, a degree of flexibility and adaptability is required. You may also be transferred to another city, town or rural area for the duration of your project. Rarely will you be based in the capital city of your choice for the duration of your project.


On arrival into the gateway city of your choice: Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart or Cairns you will make your way to the local office where you will receive orientation and briefing. After your induction you may have the first weekend free, either in the main city or at your first project site, before starting on the project.


During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. The type of accommodation will vary depending on the nature of the project and its location; typical accommodation can include hostels, shared houses, caravans or camping. You will normally stay close to where you are working (usually within walking distance) but occasionally you might take public transportation to sites further afield or travel will be arranged to your work site.


Meals will reflect the local diet within Australia and New Zealand. For breakfast, cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee is supplied. Lunch is normally a self-made sandwich and fruit; in the evening everyone enjoys a meal prepared by the group, typically something like pasta, roast or a vegetarian option. Volunteers help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up of dishes, plus some domestic duties as required. Volunteers are relied upon to participate fully in the program, and the evening meal is a popular part of the day.

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You will usually have weekends free, so ask local staff for information on things to do in the area.

Before or after your project why not stay in country a little longer and explore the wide range of adventure activities, unique wildlife and cultural experiences Australia has to offer. Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife. The diving and snorkelling all around the Aussie cost is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales depending on the time of year.

However, if you fancy something more adventurous then there are plenty of adventure activities and water-based sports to get involved in at reasonable prices. Water sports are in abundance, including water skiing, windsurfing, surfing, body boarding and more. Try a bungee jump for a full blown adrenaline rush, or mountain biking for a great way to take in the staggering landscapes. Venture into nearby towns with your new friends for a taste of the raucous Australian nightlife; the bars and clubs are sure to be jam packed!


2 weeks $1,195

4 weeks $2,595

6 weeks $3,195

Extra week $595


This project begins weekly, every Friday. Please ensure you report to the regional office by 11am on the Friday for your introductory briefing. The project finishes on a Friday, so you should book your return flights for after 4pm on the Friday you finish.


You can join this project for 2 weeks +


Before you go

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


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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