Fronteering Travel

Rainforest, Nature & Wildlife Caretaker

Cairns, Australia show on map
founded in 2010
Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
Volunteer now and get the chance to be up close & personal with Australia’s native animals especially Koalas and work along experienced & highly trained wildlife keepers! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Take a trip to Australia to care for the country’s native wildlife while at a nature park in a tropical forest in North Queensland.  The sanctuary focuses on wildlife, including mammals, reptiles and birds. As a volunteer, you will get the chance to be up close and personal with Australia’s native animals especially Koalas and work along experienced and highly trained wildlife keepers.

The project is located on 100 acres of tropical rainforest that is 30 minutes from Cairns. As a volunteer in this program, you will experience the wildlife, rainforest and nature as a local would and not a tourist. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Aboriginals and be awed by the amazing native wildlife the rainforest has to offer. The work can be physically demanding and strenuous and is by no means an ‘easy holiday option.’ Your duties will include koala leaf collection and distribution, preparing food for wildlife, general maintenance and an amazing opportunity to volunteer at a butterfly sanctuary and wildlife Dome in Cairns. Share and expand your knowledge on animal care. Participating in the program means that some days will be spent at the nature park, the butterfly sanctuary and one at the wildlife Doom. Meet other volunteers from around the world and make a great contribution toward protecting wildlife and their environment., Australia

This project is located thirty minutes north-west of Cairns on 100 acres of tropical rainforest in North Queensland. There will be wonderful opportunities to explore the Tropical North during your days off and be part of several incredible projects.

s a wildlife volunteer, you will be staying at a hostel. Your room will be a shared mixed dorm room. The rooms are comfortable with AC, modern facilities, a clean self-catering kitchen and communal areas. Keep in mind that you need to bring the following from home; Fully enclosed work boots, Socks, Sunscreen, Shorts/Trousers for daily work (beige, khaki or brown), Light weight waterproof jacket and a Camera.

  • Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
  • NO SMOKING is allowed at the project.
  • 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
You will be volunteering alongside local and international staff as well as experienced staff who will guide and train you during your experience.

Typical day

As a volunteer at the project, you will work along with the staff and animal keepers where the focus will be rainforest, nature and wildlife. The work can be physically demanding at times and strenuous. Some of your key tasks will include:

  • Preparation of food wildlife.
  • Help with the cleaning and maintenance of the park.
  • Upkeep of displays and exhibits.
  • Landscape the tropical gardens and fruit orchards.
  • General maintenance of park grounds and facilities.
  • Help in Koala Leaf collection and distribution.
  • Assist with record keeping duties under supervision.
  • Butterfly egg collection & host plant collection.
  • Opportunity to handle animals depending on your ability.
For more information on your typical day please contact us as it differs depending on your starting date and duration.

Details on Arrival

Year round (Program starts every second Tuesday. Volunteers must arrive in Cairns on Monday.)

Free-time activities

Volunteers have the opportunity to go sightseeing, swimming, snorkling, hiking and so much more! Please be reminded that any activity outside the project will be at the volunteers' expense.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

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
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee Includes:

  • Accommodation - A mixed dorm room at a hostel: comfortable rooms, air-conditioning, modern facilities, self-catering kitchen, communal room.
  • Meals - You will be provided with breakfast daily and lunch 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 and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Cairns Airport

You will arrive in beautiful Cairns where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.


As a wildlife volunteer, you will be staying at a hostel. Your room will be a shared mixed dorm room. The rooms are comfortable with AC, modern facilities, a clean self-catering kitchen and communal areas. Keep in mind that you need to bring the following from home; Fully enclosed work boots, Socks, Sunscreen, Shorts/Trousers for daily work (beige, khaki or brown), Light weight waterproof jacket and a Camera.

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is included daily and lunch is included only 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.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cairns Airport (CNS) in Cairns. 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,995
6 weeks
$ 3,495
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,095
Average fees
$ 630 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cairns/Australia between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Australia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Oceania Australia and New Zealand Australia  Cairns, 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda QLD 4881

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