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Kangaroo Island Koalas and Conservation

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Kangaroo Island Koalas and Conservation

Contribute to the conservation of Koalas and other native Australian species on beautiful and isolated Kangaroo Island.

Prices from US$1,395

Travel to isolated and incredibly bio-diverse Kangaroo Island, South Australia, and contribute to the conservation of koalas and other native Australian species. Spending some time on this reserve will allow you to become fully immersed within this unique island ecosystem. You will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the many native species that you will encounter daily. The conservation reserve is bordered on one side by 100,000 acres of protected primary forest and wilderness lands and by the Great Southern Ocean on the other. You won't be bothered with air, light or noise pollution, but only the sounds of the bush and the glimmer of the milky way. You could be working within old growth maritime bushland and forest and spectacular coastlines and beaches, as well as with native species such as koalas, goannas, kangaroos, wallabies and countless bird species. The island is unquestionably one of Australia's most awe inspiring locations.


Project Highlights

  • Visit one of Australia's most beautiful wilderness areas
  • Assist in the conservation of some of Australia's endangered species
  • Help to maintain an important eco-tourism operation
  • Visit some iconic Australian sites in your spare time

Project Requirements

  • Minimum age of 20 years
  • Intermediate level of English ability
  • Book early to avoid disappointment



Location Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Assist with re-vegetation efforts
Monitoring koalas and other species
Assisting with visitors


Shuttle bus from airport (AUD$20)

Pick-up/drop-off in Kingscote
Transport to the centre

Accommodation Shared accommodation at the centre


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel/medical advice/documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Food
Kingscote pickup/drop-off
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Once a 10,000 acre grazing property, this protected reserve is now recognised as one of the most biodiverse and pristine ecosystems remaining in Australia and is home to countless Australian native flora and fauna. Australian wildlife is predominantly nocturnal so it is most active between dusk and dawn. During your time volunteering you will encounter species such as koalas, kangaroos, tammar wallabies, possums and echidnas. It has possibly the world's largest populations of the Rosenburg goanna, short-beaked echidna and bush stone curlew.

The introduction of the domestic cat to Kangaroo Island has resulted in some of our smaller species of native Australian mammals being threatened. It is estimated that feral cats consume 1500kg of native animal flesh a day. A fully fenced feral-free area of 250 acres has been set aside to protect these native animals from extinction. The fenced area has a variety of good vegetation and open grasslands where native animals can thrive in their natural habitat and environment without the pressures of introduced feral species.

The property is maintained and conservation efforts funded through eco-tourism, with koala spotting walks and nocturnal wildlife tours on offer. The Koala Walk is open every day to tourists for koala viewing and is recognised as one of the best places on Kangaroo Island to observe a sustainable population of Koalas in the wild. The sanctuary is also a bird watchers paradise, with resident blue wrens, scarlet robins, lorikeets, crimson rosellas, black cockatoos, scrub wrens, bush stone-curlews, crescent honey-eaters, banded plovers, and endangered cape barren geese.


Your duties will vary according to the needs of the project at the time and also the season. You will be monitoring koala numbers and other species in the area and surveying, photographing and recording wildlife. As part of re-vegetation efforts, you will participate in tree planting and seed collection, propagation and dispersal as well as the identification and cataloguing of native plants. You could be maintaining paths and checking fences to ensure feral species are kept out. Beekeeping is also an option as the sanctuary produces and sells quality natural and organic honey.

As the eco-tourism aspect of the sanctuary is so important to the sustainability of conservation efforts, you will assist with tours and participate in day and nocturnal guided tours. You will walk ahead of the main tour group and spot animals. You will then communicate with tour leaders the location of the wildlife so that participants are able to see the animals. You will be up close and surrounded by countless animals! However, you should keep in mind that you will not hold or work directly with the animals, in keeping with good conservation practices.

The reserve is located 100km from Kingscote. It is isolated and volunteers are only able to go to Kingscote once a week.


You will need to fly into Adelaide International Airport, where you can get a connecting flight to Kingscote, the main township on Kangaroo Island. From here, you will take the shuttle bus (AUD$20) into Kingscote where you will meet local staff, before being taken to the project site. You can also make your way overland and then by ferry from Cape Jervis.


You will be staying in the Farmhouse in shared accommodation with same gender rooms. There is a maximum of four people per room and linen is provided. It is a comfortable, roomy house with a large kitchen, living area, separate dining room and large snooker/games room. There are plenty of DVD's, books, and magazines to entertain you (the DVD player has a USB option should you want to bring your own). The house has two large, shared bathrooms. There is also an outside BBQ and dining area for a good ol' fashioned Aussie BBQ with staff and other volunteers.


Food is provided, lunch and dinner, while volunteers prepare  their own breakfast  together in the house kitchen, as well as sharing cleaning responsibilities. Shopping is done once a week and volunteers can choose together what they will eat for the week. For lunch, sandwiches are prepared for volunteers and usually eaten together with staff.

If you have any special dietary needs, please let your advisor know. 

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There are lots of things to do during your free time, as well as before or after your volunteering placement. The property is in close proximity to famous Kangaroo Island landmarks such as Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. There are beaches nearby suitable for swimming and fishing and there are bush walking trails of varying length and difficulty close by.

Once a week, volunteers and staff travel to Kingscote to reacquaint with civilisation! Here you can visit cafes, shops and galleries, as well as by food for the coming week.

There are many activities that can be organised at your own cost, including:

    Dive with the Dolphins (during warmer months)
    Quad bike Tour
    Canoe and kayak hire
    Birds of prey show
    Seal Bay visit
    Little Sahara
    Kelly Hill Caves
    Sealink day tours

In-country staff are great at recommendations and assistance with extra activities and can help you once you've arrived.


2 weeks US$1,395

Extra week US$795


The project begins weekly. Please arrive in Kingscote on Thursdays.

The project is  not available during the period 20th December 2018 - 3rd Janaury 2019 and February 2019.


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Kingscote pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Kingscote (SA) (KGC), Adelaide (SA) (ADL)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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