How to help Australia's wildlife recovery
Book a trip to bushfire-impacted areas or take part in voluntourism opportunities to help Australia’s unique wildlife recover.
There's no doubt that Australia’s wildlife and environment have been vulnerable to the effects of the recent bushfires. Thankfully though, there are many ways you can get on board to help the recovery efforts.
From the likes of Australian Wildlife Journey’s ‘conservation action days’, offering travellers extraordinary wildlife encounters combined with land and wildlife rehabilitation projects, to tour operators AAT Kings' Bushfire Recovery Giveback Trips, which bring much-need tourism to local communities, here’s how you can travel with purpose, help recovery in fire-affected regions, and experience the incredible abundance of wildlife that Australia still has to offer.
Help regenerate Kangaroo Island’s habitat for endangered animals
Kangaroo Island is one of the best places in Australia to see native wildlife up close. Located 15 kilometres off the coast of South Australia, a quick 45-minute hop on the ferry and you’ll be face-to-face with one of the most resilient communities to be impacted by the bushfires.
During July and August 2020, Australian Wildlife Journeys is running conservation days where visitors can help regenerate the island's habitat for the endangered Kangaroo Island Dunnart marsupial and Glossy Black-Cockatoo bird. From tree planting to biodiversity surveys, travellers will experience true meaningful travel on this trip.Show more
See wildlife from a new perspective in New South Wales
In New South Wales, venture to breathtaking bushland and discover unique wildlife on the Southern Highlands Wildlife Day Tour. The Southern Highlands are only a 90-minute drive from Sydney, and you’ll spot some of Australia’s most iconic species in the wild, including Red-necked Wallabies and Platypus.
For an up-close encounter with rehabilitating animals, take a one-hour flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie where you can visit the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, one of the many rehabilitation centres for wildlife affected by the bushfires. Start by taking a guided tour around the hospital's treatment rooms and rehabilitation yards. For travellers who want to give back further, take part in the hospital’s tree-planting scheme or show your support by adopting a koala.
Make a new home for Victoria’s koalas
The Earth's largest mammal, the Blue Whale, is found in Australia's waters (including those in Victoria), and is on average 22-24 metres long and weighing over 100 tonnes.
Lend a hand to recovering koalas by booking a Koala Conservation Day from June to August at the You Yanges and Brisbane Ranges with the Koala Clancy Foundation. Sitting just outside of Melbourne, the foundation is a not-for-profit charity supporting the wild koalas of the Western Plains of Victoria, and aims to re-establish the koalas’ habitats.
On the Koala Conservation Day, travellers can experience a day of connecting with nature, socialising with like-minded people and planting trees on the stunning Western Plain farms, helping to rebuild homes for wild koalas. Groups will plant trees in prepared holes, arrange stakes and guards.Show more
Step into nature in Gippsland
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Wilsons Promontory is alternatively known as ‘The Prom’, and is one of the state’s best-loved parks as well as the most southerly point of mainland Australia.
Immerse yourself in magnificent lush rainforests, coastal heathlands, giant eucalypt groves, white sandy beaches, and pristine rivers on an Echidna Walkabout Nature Tour in Victoria's Gippsland. This four-day tour dedicates 50 per cent of all profits towards their mission to conserve wildlife, making for a worthy expedition.
Add on a few extra days to explore Gippsland, spending locally to help the fire-affected communities get back on their feet. Start at the jaw-dropping Wilsons Promontory, Victoria’s largest coastal wildness area where you’ll marvel at brightly plumed rosellas during the day and wombats at night. In the afternoon, drive north of the park towards the main camping spot, Tidal River, for a cosy stay at the award-winning Wilderness Retreat.Show more