Wildlife of Australia's Cloud Forests

The wet tropics of Queensland represent the last remaining part of Australia’s primeval forest. In a home to parrots, pythons, possums, and tree kangaroos, we need volunteers to help shape our understanding of how climate change alters landscapes, and what this means for the creatures who live there. Volunteers will spot nocturnal wildlife, conduct surveys of birds, lizards and frogs, and more.

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What to Expect?

Explore pristine forests and exotic wildlife in this one or two week long expedition.

Leave the sounds of the bustling city behind as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics of Australia’s northern rainforests. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams, will be your new home for one or two weeks, as you immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime adventure.

Inside the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland lies an exotic array of wildlife and plants. As the last remaining part of forest that once dominated half of Australia, you will find animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world including cassowaries, a variety of parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos and primitive looking reptiles.

Working alongside world renowned Ecologist, Prof. Steve Williams, you will move through a wide variety of landscapes from the crystal clear coral shorelines and beaches, to lowland lush rainforests right through to spectacular mountains covered in cloud forests. Throughout this time you will be helping to shape our understanding of what changes are occurring to our climate and landscape and what this means for our unique species in the area. As part of a research team, you will be actively involved in bird watching, lizard and frog surveys, nocturnal wildlife spotting, insect collecting, and bat surveys.

There is the choice of joining this expedition for either the first week or continuing and joining for the entire two weeks. The first week will be spent in the beautiful South Johnstone Forestry Camp while the second week you move to Shiptons Flat camp while stopping in Cairns for a couple days in between. While at Shiptons Flat you will also have the unique opportunity to work alongside the indigenous Bana Yarralji Rangers in order to blend traditional ecological with scientific ecological knowledge.

Both locations are on different tablelands to ensure a variety in wildlife and scenery and are often closed off to the wider public. In your spare time, and as safety regulations allow, you may swim in isolated rainforest streams and explore the forest trails or take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Program ID: # 1803
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    Cairns Wet Tropics
    17° 28' 46.3224" S, 145° 44' 2.1372" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cairns (CNS)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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