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Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia show on map

The centre works for the conservation of bats and their habitat as poor public attitudes towards flying foxes and habitat loss are the root causes of many problems.

The Centre

The centre achieves its goals by:

  • rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of bats every year
  • providing a lifetime sanctuary for bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild or have been retired from zoos
  • educating the public about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
  • habitat restoration work at 2 bat colonies
  • facilitating research into flying foxes by various universities and government bodies 
  • advocating for bats.

All four species of Australian flying foxes are in permanent care as well as tube-nosed bats and microbats. A visitor’s centre was opened in 2009 to provide educational programs for a broader community of local residents, students and tourists.

The Location

The centre is nestled in 5 acres of gardens in a quiet forest valley 85 kms inland from Cairns. The Atherton Tablelands has spectacular scenery and wildlife in a diverse landscape from high altitude tropical rainforests to vast savannah landscapes to the west. This Scrub is one of the last remaining fragments of the critically endangered type 5b or Mabi rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands. There is about 2% of original Mabi forest left.

Our volunteers

Your input into his initiative is valuable as the centre could not run without the contribution of volunteers who are needed all year. This is especially during tick paralysis season when hundreds of adults and orphans come into care. 

Conditions on site

The biggest challenge of this project is the long days volunteers work in the high season from October to February. During this time, there is many orphans which require rescuing, rearing and releasing.

Please get in touch with you doctor about a rabies vaccination.

Please note

The first installment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Typical day

Your daily activities will consist of: 

  • Assisting in rescue calls 
  • Assisting in emergency medical treatment 
  • Prepare food for the adult bats and milk for the babies 
  • Feed, clean, weigh and measure the orphan bats 
  • Clean cages 
  • Handle large amounts of washing 
  • Assist in trips to the rainforest to search or release (depending on season) 
  • Help with miscellaneous projects around the hospital 
  • Environmental education activities in the Visitors Centre (June to September)
You will work 6 days a week with some flexibility.

Details on Arrival

You can start from Monday to Sunday all year.

Free-time activities

There is plenty to do on your days off in this diverse rainforest region.

Water sports, bushwalks, rock climbing, wildlife spotting, markets, hot springs, National Parks, World Heritage treasures, restaurants, spas, roadside stalls, cellar doors, scenic railway, canopy walk, tea plantation, coffee plantation, wineries, skyhigh cable car, lava tubes, kayaking, galleries, cruises and even a dairy. 

Visit Mareeba to see the Heritage Museum which houses an extensive array of Aboriginal culture, take a hot air balloon ride, purchase some local produce and handicrafts at the local markets, visit a coffee plantation, take a walk through Granite Gorge or on the Mareeba Wetlands Reserve or for the more adventurous fly in an old Warbird plane.

In nearby Yungaburra, you can take a walk along Peterson's Creek, a haven for wildlife, where you will see platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies and a large variety of birds. The Crater Lakes National Park protects a crater lake surrounded by a cool rainforest. A walking track, giant bull kauri pines, a teahouse and boat cruises make this park a popular stop for visitors. For those who love water sports, Lake Tinaroo is the place to be.

Cascading waterfalls are the stand-out attractions of the region so take the waterfalls circuit then stop off at Koombooloomba Dam for some exceptional camping and fishing.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 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 (fluently)
Health Declaration
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must have the ability to work as a member of a team, have a high level of maturity and be committed to the welfare of the bats. You must be self-motivated and able to learn quickly.

There is a minimum age limit of at least 21 years of age unless special consideration is granted.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

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On-site services

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Booklet
  • Project orientation
  • Training
  • Field equipment and materials
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Return transfers from the local town to the project
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • O2E T-Shirt
Longer stays of up to 3 months are on request after a 1 month stay.

Please note that the first installment of your program fees ($495 AUD) is due within one week after having paid the deposit on Volunteer World.


Shared rooms in a comfortable self-contained apartment with all the creature comforts, or large tents which offer more private accommodation.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. All volunteers are expected to help with preparing and cleaning up evening meals. Preparation of all other meals is each individual's responsibility.

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 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)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Atherton Tablelands, Queensland/Australia between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Oceania Australia and New Zealand Australia  Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, N/A

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