See both sides of Sydney and New South Wales on our gap year conservation volunteering in Australia programme
It goes without saying that visitors to Australia often will want to spend time in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Who could go to Oz without seeing the Sydney Opera House after all?
Once you have taken in the sights and sounds of this exciting city, our gap year conservation volunteering in Australia programme can take you on a trip to see some incredible parts of New South Wales, where you will actively be able to contribute to the conservation of this diverse area.
The main gateway city for New South Wales is of course Sydney. From Sydney you will be taken out to one of the other main cities of the region: either Canberra, Newcastle or Wollogong. The region boasts over 600 parks and reserves, as well as beautiful beaches, historic towns and vast outback areas. This is a great way to really immerse yourself in something very different to your experience in Sydney.
Examples of the conservation volunteering projects in this area include:
- Helping create and maintain walking tracks and trail projects in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park. This is a World Heritage area with enormous waterfalls and 140km of great walking amongst the rock structures and forest land.
- Helping to remove introduced weeds and plant native shrubs at the iconic beach, Nobbys Beach, in Newcastle. The project is important as it helps to reintroduce habitats which haven’t been able to exist here because of the type of shrubbery around. The beach is an amazing place from which to see dolphins out at sea.
- Planting trees in locations like Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve as part of the ongoing recovery for wildlife and habitats following the 2003 bushfires
- Increasing biodiversity at the Nattai National Park, surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs. This is virtually an untouched wilderness area. This includes planting, weed removal and seed collection. Some projects also include rock wallaby surveys and fencing activities.
No one project is guaranteed, as they take place when there is a need for the help. You will help out in at least two different types of conservation projects over a one month period however, so you will see some of the beautiful sites that this area has to offer.
For more information about out gap year conservation volunteering in Australia programme, have a look here at conservation volunteering. There is also information about the other places in Australia that you could take part in this!