Australian Bushfire Response and Wombat Refuge

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Coordinator | Tracy
Coordinator | Tracy
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Set up and maintain much needed food and water stations for bushfire survivors within countless hectares of burnt bush.
Get hands on experience nurturing wombats back to full health by bottle feeding, exercising and giving lots of love and affection.
Support local wildlife carers with their plight to save Australian wildlife.
Stay in the heart of the local town while venturing out to the bush to keep a small group of animals alive while the forest regenerates.
Work with like-minded carers and other passionate volunteers from around the world who are also seeking to make a positive impact in light of the Australian bushfires.
In response to the 2019/2020 summer Australian Bushfire Crisis, volunteers can help save a small group of 50-100 native wildlife affected by these devastating bushfires. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

In response to the 2019/2020 summer Australian Bushfire Crisis, where millions of acres of land have burned and 1.23 billion animals have been killed, volunteers are needed to help conduct food drops in a burnt-out area of Australia and help a small group of 50-100 animals survive the next few months until the forest regenerates. 

This is important work to ensure the survival of species in the area. Without this small group of animals, there will be nothing left. It is imperative that we keep them alive until they can survive by themselves. 

At a cost of $20 per day to replenish each food and water station, your financial contribution will also have a very significant and direct impact. With your help we aim to increase the number of stations from 5 to 50 in the local area for the survivors of the bushfires currently struggling to forage for food and water.

Volunteers will also assist in the care of an existing group of rescued, injured and orphaned wombats that are onsite at a local carer's residence. Wombats are this carer's speciality, given the fun and beautiful nature they have, but they need help as they nurse them back to health so that they can be returned to the wild when it is a safe and suitable time. None of these wombats are bushfire victims. The fire was so fierce that only the small group survive on the mountain.

Volunteers can expect to have a very hands-on experience bottle-feeding, exercising and providing lots of cuddles. In the last month there have been between 7 and 14 wombats in the refuge, with more expected as the rescue calls continue.

With our wildlife carers working overtime to fulfil their roles, volunteers are also expected to assist with cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping so that both the carers and volunteers can dedicate as much time as possible to caring for wildlife, responding to rescue calls and ensuring food and water stations are replenished.

Conditions on Site

Volunteers work in a bushfire affected area where the surrounds are scorched as far as the eye can see. This can be an emotional experience as volunteers will see first hand the devastation that the fires caused this community. 

Country Victoria is very hot during the summer months, volunteers must be physically able to withstand long and hot days.

Bring a Telstra sim card if you require access to the internet. 


Homestay living with the carers and volunteers is included. The room consists of 2 single beds in a house in the centre of the Corryong town. Volunteers have the option to stay off-site in a tent or cabin at the local caravan park at their own expense.

Typical day

Your daily activities will consist of

  •         Replenishing food and water stations for bushfire survivors in the Australian bush
  •         Bottle feeding wombats & ensuring they are looked after lovingly
  •         Exercising and providing love and affection to wombats and, possibly, other native wildlife
  •         Assisting with rescue calls and emergency medical treatment, if required
  •         Maintaining animals enclosures
  •         Keeping grounds and facilities clean and tidy
  •         Food shopping
  •         Cooking
  •         Anything else that wildlife carers may need help and assistance with 

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have some spare time at this project as there is time to walk into town and look around, shop, etc.

There is a public pool that volunteers can take a dip in to cool off in hotter weather.
You are only a few hours from Melbourne and Sydney so take in the sights of a big city or hit the coast for some rest and relaxation after your stay at the shelter.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Proof of travel insurance docs and proof of vaccinations
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fluency in English and the ability to understand and respond to strict instructions for the safety of others and animals.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

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All project fees are payable in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Prices include 10% Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST).

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Return transfers from the local town to the project
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested

What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Return transfers from the airport to the local town
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending
  • Visas


Homestay living with the carers and volunteers is included. The room consists of 2 single beds in a house in the centre of the Corryong town. Volunteers may choose to stay off-site in a tent or cabin at the local caravan park at their own expense.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but all volunteers pitch in to help with preparation, cooking and cleaning.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tullamarine Airport (MEL) in Melbourne. We assist you to find cheap flights to Australia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Australia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Australia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Australia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This project accepts volunteers on Mondays through to Sundays for the whole year.

 Fly to either Melbourne or Sydney airport in Australia. From here take a regional flight or train/bus to Albury, Victoria then a connecting bus to Corryong. You are picked up from Corryong bus stop and transferred to the shelter to join the carers and the wombats.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$616 /week

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Australian Bushfire Response and Wombat Refuge

In response to the 2019/2020 summer Australian Bushfire Crisis, volunteers can help save a small group of 50-100 native wildlife affected by these devastating bushfires.


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