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Oceans 2 Earth

Saving Flying Foxes

Goald Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia

This centre provides outstanding medical care to all species of sick, injured, and orphaned flying foxes and other species of bats.

The Sanctuary

Although the centre specialises in bats, they is also a wildlife trauma centre that undertakes first response work for any native animal that requires care.

Most species of bat in Australia and around the world are at risk from 

  • land clearing 
  • climate change 
  • disturbance (wind farms, etc)
  • relocation by humans
  • Other reasons that bats come into care are 
  • cat/dog attacks 
  • they become caught in barb wire or inappropriate fruit netting 
  • they are hit by cars 
  • they are suffering from heat stress  
  • they are hand fed the wrong food by people

Unfortunately, it has become common practice to attempt to relocate flying foxes, however, to date, no reliable method has been found to achieve camp 'relocation', with many relocations merely disturbing and stressing the bats. Bats imprint on a territory and are lost without their home. Species that compete for territory cannot be readily relocated as this causes conflict with other species located in the area.

The project receives hundreds of flying foxes into care and offers a place of refuge for recovery until they are healthy, strong and confident enough for them to venture back into the wild.

Other animals that are rescued and rehabilitated can include kangaroos, wallabies, ducks and geese. The project does not discriminate, they will provide a home for all animals who need it. However, the centre is predominantly bats. 

The project welcomes researchers, vet and work experience students so that they may utilise the facilities to fulfil course requirements and further their wildlife studies.

The project strives to inspire the general public to accept flying foxes as essential contributors to our environment and to treasure all other native fauna.

Our volunteers

The centre is a non-profit organisation and is supported entirely by volunteers and donations. Many hours of individualised specialised care goes into caring for the flying foxes, birds and mammals that arrive at the project. Every flying fox requires expert treatment, care and a specific diet for a successful release. 

Conditions on site

Being on the frontline of animal rescue can be upsetting should animals not survive, however there is a lot of support given to volunteers. 

There is no maximum age, however you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humidity or wet conditions and perform basic manual labor tasks.

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

Volunteers will be directly involved in the care of up to 800 bats, therefore your day will consist mainly of animal care including 

  • food preparation 
  • feeding 
  • nursing 
  • and offering support to vets and centre staff. 
You will work 5 days a week.

Details on Arrival

You can start every day of the year.

Free-time activities

The project is in the heart of a diverse region which offers endless opportunities for rest and relaxation through to exciting nightlife. In your free time, enjoy local activities by going on a rainforest skywalk or visit the third oldest National Park in the world, where you can view the remnants of the former Mount Warning volcano. There are numerous walks and lookouts from which to enjoy Mother Nature including the Witches Falls or Cedar Creek, the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, Mount Cougal and Natural Bridge which is home to a beautiful waterfall by day and glowworms at night. 

A little further takes you to the iconic Surfers Paradise beach and the many sophisticated dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach. Theme parks, bars, nightclubs, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to this vibrant city each year - a destination which is as scenic and peaceful as it is fast paced and active.

Events are in abundance with fireworks displays, festivals, street parties, beach bashes, fashion week and countless sporting challenges including the Iron Man Challenge, V8 Supercars, Marathons, boat and cycling races, golfing tournaments and the Million Paws Walk animal welfare fundraising event. 

The Sub-Tropical Queensland region is internationally recognised as a major destination for birdwatchers from around the world. Over half of Australia’s bird species are found here, including 12 species that are locally endemic to the rainforests in South East Queensland. Bird Week, which has become Australia’s leading bird event is on in November!

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).
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
Volunteers must be fluent in English, be willing to work and must be able to take direction from full time carers. Volunteers should show a genuine desire in caring for these delicate and fragile animals.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Oceans 2 Earth straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for


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Services by Oceans 2 Earth
  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from the local town to the project
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • O2E T-Shirt
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.


Large shared cabin with ensuite bathroom.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Food is supplied, however volunteers are required to share the preparation of meals.

Vegan and vegetarian options are supplied on request.

Drinking water is supplied.

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 Brisbane Airport (BNE) in Brisbane. 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
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Goald Coast Hinterland, Queensland/Australia between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Goald Coast Hinterland, Queensland, N/A

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