Kangaroo Island

South Australia, Australia



The Experience

Take a break out of your hectic world and be a part of the conservation of wildlife in Kangaroo Island! Located at the gateway to South Australia’s most iconic wilderness area and on 5000 acres filled with an abundance of wildlife on the Australia’s Galapagos, this experience is the perfect opportunity for those who want to encounter different species of wildlife and work in one of the best preserved ecosystems in Australia!

Travel to Australia and participate in the preservation of plants and Koala monitoring at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island. The sanctuary monitors animals such as Koalas, Kangaroos, Tammar, Wallabies, Possums and Echidnas among other wildlife. Whether it’s helping out in the preservation of animals and plants in the sanctuary or having easy access to visit the Flinders Chase National Park and the Great Southern Ocean on your days off, this experience will definitely change the way you look at life. Act as a wildlife guide on their newly National Geographic featured nocturnal walk where you will help to locate animals. What’s better than enjoying the breathtaking view of millions of stars that light up the night and sleeping in a comfortable accommodation in a beautiful wilderness setting? Be inspired by the hundreds of animals and birds that you will encounter on a daily basis and don’t miss the chance to be part of an unforgettable volunteer experience!

This Is Why

  • Live and volunteer in one of the best preserved and diverse ecosystems in Australia!
  • Assist with the monitoring of koalas and other wildlife.
  • Easy access to Flinders Chase National Park, Great Southern Ocean, great beaches and other wonderful sights.
  • Preserve native plants and weed out the bad ones!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round, you will have to arrive on THURSDAY at Kingscote from Adelaide. You will need to arrive in Kingscote between 10 AM and 2 PM on a Thursday.
  • Package Price
    1 week 895 US$
    3 weeks Available on request only.
    4 weeks Available on request only.
  • Volunteer duration
    1 week (other durations available on request)
  • Average Work hours
    You will be required to volunteer 5 a week and around 8 hrs per day, depending on the time of year. This program is 68days. The day you arrive in Adelaide followed by the day you arrive at Kangaroo island at your accommodation followed by 5 volunteering days (3 days plant preservation and 2 days Koala monintoring) followed by your last day at the island. Of course you can stay longer and explore the island..
  • Number of Volunteers
    4 - 5
  • Housing
  • Fly to 
    You should fly or travel to Adelaide. From there you can fly Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Alternatively you can take a ferry to Cape Jervis and take a bus shuttle to Kingscote. You should arrive one night in advance which you will spent at a hostel in Adelaide.
  • 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. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Australia

Where? Austalasia, New South Wales

Country Size: 7,692,042 km2
2,969,907 sq mi

Population density? 2.8/km2, 7.3/sq mi

Country Famous for? Kangaroo's, Sydney, Wildlife watching, Beaches, Surfing, Aboriginals, Dingo's, Fraser island, Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National park

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Kangaroo Island WIldlife Sanctuary
    • Accommodation
      Shared room in a bunkhouse on a nearby camping ground (1 km walk and maximum of 4 persons per room).
    • Meals
      Meals not included but you have acces to a kitchen.
    • Hostel

      You will stay for 1 night at a hostel in Adelaide the day before you will travel to Kangaroo island either by Ferry or flight.
    • 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 Australia you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, meals, travel to Kangaroo Island

    Package Price: 
    01 Week: $1495.00 US
    03 Weeks: Available on request
    04 Weeks: Available on request


    As a volunteer at the project you become part of the team and help in the day to day operations at the Wildlife Sanctuary. They are involved with the conservation of the native species of animals and plants that are found in the protected area. You will be surrounded by many species of animals that are all totally. Just keep in mind that that it is unlikely that you will hold or work direclty with any animals but you will be up close and surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of animals. You will have some of the following responsibilities:

    • Preserve local plant life for 3 days.
    • Monitor Koala's and other local wildlife.
    • Maintaining the upkeep of the paths and fences.
    • Help in identifying and cataloguing native trees.
    • Take out weeds to clear the paths.
    • Planting shrubs and trees
    • Collecting, propagating and dispersing seeds.
    • Assist with tourists and help with guided tours.
    • Having a great time!
  • 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.
    • 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
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
    • Good knowledge of the English
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Get trained in the care of different animal species
    • Learn about guiding Tours
    • Help with the conservation of Native Australian wildlife
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Kangaroo Island
    • Area Famous For
      Kangaroo's, Kaola's, Galapagos of Australia, Beaches, tame wildlife, watersports
    • When to visit
      All year round
    • Wildlife viewing
      Great place to see wildlife like Kangaroo's, Koala's, dolphins and Cockatoo's!
        • Itinerary & Details

          Day 1 & 2 - Arrive in Adelaide, Australia and on Kangaroo Island;
          You will arrive in Adelaide where you will stay for one night. You will make your way to Kangaroo island he next day either by flight or ferry.

          Day 3 - 7 - Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary! For the coming weeks you will have a great time working on the amazing Kangaroo island at a wildlife sanctuary.

          Your last day - You will travel back to Adelaide and fly 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
    You will be staying at a bunkhouse at a campinground nearby the project (1 KM walk). You will share a room with three other volunteers of your gender. There are private shower stalls. The accommodation is surrounded by hundreds of native animals. You will also have access to a full kitchen.


    You can buy and cook your food on the camping grounds.


    Kangaroo Island is located in Australia on 5000 acres of protected area filled with an abundance of wildlife. This is for those who love the outdoors!

    FREE TIME ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE ARRANGED AT YOUR COST COULD INCLUDE: Dive with the Dolphins with KI Marine Tours (warmer months), Quad bike Tour, Canoe Hire with KI Outdoor Action, Birds of Prey show, Seal Bay visit, Little Sahara, Kelly Hill Caves, Sealink day tours (recommended for before or after you volunteers experience).

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