It is the start a fresh new year and for some young people they are considering volunteering or taking a green gap year! So why not not lend a hand in helping preserve some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes?
Wild Mob (www.wildmob.org) is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation dedicated to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity through practical conservation and rehabilitation programs. Volunteers on the one-week trips can expect a balanced mix of environmental work, biodiversity education and plenty of time to enjoy the natural surroundings by hiking, snorkelling or simply relaxing.
Each project offers its own experience, from a secluded island in the Whitsundays to rugged coastline in Tasmania to views of Australia’s highest mountain peaks.
The most popular project is on Brampton Island, located off the central Queensland coast. Volunteers work to remove invasive weeds from the island’s sensitive beach scrub habitat, clean beaches of plastics and other ocean debris and conduct informal wildlife and coral surveys.
A guided hike offers insights to the unique biodiversity and the interactions between the island, reefs, ocean and mainland. During free time, volunteers have the opportunity to go snorkelling, explore the island’s hidden beaches or just sit under a tree with a good book.
Wild Mob supplies all tents, food and equipment for the week. Pick-up and drop-off location is Mackay QLD. For more information on the Brampton Island conservation project, visit: http://www.wildmob.org/projects/brampton-island-conservation-project
Wild Mob’s other conservation projects include coastal restoration work in Tasmania, endangered wallaby protection in Queensland, and two national parks projects in NSW. Groups are always welcome – including school groups and families.