Koala Sanctuary Hostel

Queensland, Australia



The Experience

Experience the life of Koala keepers at one of the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuaries in beautiful Queensland, Australia. Looking for a project that allows you to work alongside the handlers of Koalas, kangaroos and many more local Wildlife? Then this volunteer experience is perfect for you. For this program you will stay in a hostel and is for the volunteers coming for short durations.

Come in close contact with over 130 Koalas of different ages! If you are looking to cuddle and play with the local wildlife all day, or be trained in animal handling then this is not for you. The duties of an animal keeper are not easy and can be physically demanding. If you enjoy working with animals and are not afraid to get your hands dirty in the outdoors, then be part of an exciting experience. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes with helping to care for wildlife in a beautiful, natural environment!



Please be aware that volunteers cannot be trained in any animal handling so if this is something you are hoping to achieve, this is not the programme for you.

This Is Why

  • Live and volunteer at one of the world’s first and largest Koala Sanctuary!
  • Assist with the duties of an animal keeper assistant.
  • Have close encounters and care for different wildlife species of Australia including Koalas.
  • Great opportunity to explore Queensland and its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, Brisbane and have the authentic Australian outback experience.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round
  • Package Price
    1 weeks 1,195 US$
    2 weeks 1,395 US$
    3 weeks 1,595 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    1 - 3 weeks 
  • Average Work hours
    You will be required to volunteer at least 5 days a week. You can choose the days that suit you including weekends. You are expected to arrive at the sanctuary by 8:20am to start your shift at 8:30am. Your shift ends at 4:30pm. A snack and lunch break will be in between.
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Housing
    Shared accommodation at a Local Hostel
  • Fly to 
    You should fly or travel to  Brisbane where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.
  • Internet Access
    Yes, but limited and should be kept to a minimum
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Australia

Where? Australasia, Queensland

Country Size: 1,852,642 million km2 
715,300 sq mi

Population density? 2.7/km2

Country Famous for? Koalas, Kangaroos, Wildlife watching, pristine beaches, vibrant cities, friendly people, Sunshine State of Australia

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Koala Sanctuary
    • Accommodation
      Local Hostel
    • Meals
      At the hostel, meals are not available. However, if you choose, for a fee you can have breakfast and a packed lunch that you can pay at the hostel.
    • Airport Pick up & drop off

      Depending on the accommodation option you choose, you will either be picked up at the airport or take the train or bus to your accommodation.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Australia after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights and Insurance

    Package Price: 
    01 Weeks: $1195.00 US
    02 Weeks: $1395.00 US
    03 Weeks: $1595.00 US


    As a volunteer, you will assist with numerous tasks around the sanctuary. Each morning, you will be allocated to a specific animal section – this is done via a roster and you are not able to choose which animals you would be working with. Your tasks may include:

    • Assisting farm animal staff with cleaning, monitoring visitors, feeding animals.
    • Maintaining a tidy surrounding at the sanctuary.
    • Interacting with visitors and assisting them with any enquiries they might have.
    • Assisting with animal enclosure cleaning and food preparation.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 1 week
    • We do not tolerate drugs. Our smoking policy is that is not permitted indoors. Alcohol is permitted (after all it is Australia) but alcohol abuse and antisocial behaviour are strictly not tolerated. No smoking allowed on property.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18+
    • No animal allergies
    • Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle
    • Required to attend an induction session before you start to work either on Sundays at 3:30pm or Fridays at 2:30pm. This session is not optional! If you miss your session, you wouldn’t be able to volunteer!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics. High knowledge of the English and good communication skills.
    • GFriendly and don’t mind getting dirty. Must be able to work independently and with others
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Get trained in the care of different wildlife species
    • Learn about Koalas and other Australian wildlife
    • Live in beautiful Australia.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Queensland, Australia
    • Area Famous For
      Koalas, Kangaroos, Wildlife watching, pristine beaches, vibrant cities, friendly people, Sunshine State of Australia
    • When to visit
      All year round
    • Wildlife viewing
      Great opportunity to view wildlife including Koalas, kangaroos, Echidnas, Platypus, Emu, Common and Southern Hairy-nose Wombat and many, many more.
        • Itinerary & Details

          Day 1 - Arrive in Brisbane, Australia;
          You will arrive in beautiful Brisbane where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

          For 1 - 3 weeks -Volunteer at a Koala sanctuary! For the coming weeks, you will have a great time working directly with many different kind of animals while being surrounded by nature!

          Your last day - You will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through Australia. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country.

  • Accommodation
    Since you are staying for less than 4 weeks hostel accommodation near the volunteer project will be arranged for you. Hostels are great for making friends and are located in central area's where there is plenty to do.


    At the hostel, meals are not available. However, if you choose, for a fee you can have breakfast and a packed lunch that you can pay for at the hostel.


    This project is in Queensland, Australia where  you have great opportunities to experience the authentic Australian outback experience!

Hi Miranda,

My experience at the Koala Samctuary was very good. The tasks are varied and you learn many new things. For me, a teacher who works inside a building all day, it was wonderful to be able to do physical work outside, not having any of my usual responsibilities and worries. I'd recommend this kind of experience to anyone who isn't afraid to get a bit dirty and willing to do physical work outside.

Staying in Merediths and Russells house was also good. They're friendly people who do their best to make your stay pleasant. Russell took me and the other volunteer who lived in their house to the sanctuary every morning, and after work we took the bus. They also included us on a Sunday family picknick at the beach, and took us one evening to a mountain to see the skyline of Brisbane. I'm very happy with my work experience in the Koala Sanctuary.

Best wishes


Susanne from Switzerland


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