Cape York Conservation Volunteer Adventure

Join us on a multi-day conservation volunteer adventure to one of the most heavily polluted sites in Australia! Spend a week in a remote area of Cape York camping and taking part in an extensive beach clean-up as well as ocean conservation.

We join a local Cairns marine conservation organization dedicated to collaborating on projects that will help get rid of rubbish from our beaches and oceans. Our aim is to raise awareness on ocean conservation, address major issues and take action to help the most important ecosystem on the planet. By being a part of this initiative you, along with other like-minded creators, influencers, thinkers and leaders join forces and take action to end the consumption of single use plastics continue fighting the war on plastic pollution.

Make a Difference!

Your Cape York Conservation Volunteer adventure starts in Cairns and takes you north, past the township of Cooktown, to Cape Bedford. Cape Bedford, near the Aboriginal community of Hopevale, is a well-known marine debris hotspot with more than 1 tonne of plastic debris per kilometre of beach. It also has stunning scenery and the exciting flair of a remote Cape York adventure. Get one with nature as you set up your tents at the scenic bush campground, get busy cleaning the nearby beaches for 5 days and check out some of the local sights in the area. Make new friends, make a difference and enjoy this off-the-beaten-track camping and conservation volunteer adventure!

By taking part in our voluntourism program you are helping keep one of the most polluted beaches in Far North Queensland pristine. Whilst a part of the ocean conservation clean-up team the tasks will be simple – to remove as much rubbish from the beach and surrounding area as possible, but your contribution and energy is a great help to the individuals, organisations and tourism operators with a focus on environmental sustainability.

We are grateful to individuals, such as yourself, who have a dedication to help protect endangered species, the rainforest, our Oceans and the Great Barrier Reef.

Thank you!

Welcome to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and oldest rainforest in the world.

Transfer to you hostel and enjoy your day discovering Cairns by foot. Points of interest include a stroll along the Esplanade, the Botanic Gardens, a swim in the Lagoon, the port and the CBD. Group briefing late afternoon at a time TBA.

Note: Day 1 is a Sunday unless otherwise specified. Participants should arrive at the hostel by 15:00 in time for the briefing. Briefing time to be confirmed by your local host.

This morning after breakfast you will meet the local marine conservation team at their HQ. It is a solid day of travel to remote Cape Bedford, so pack a good book and have your music ready. There will be several stops along the way at various amazing sight-seeing locations. Once you arrive late afternoon set up camp for the week ahead. Your camp is basic, but cosy and s located in a remote part north of Cooktown. Your local team leader will brief you on the upcoming week of work ahead. You will spend the next 6 nights (mostly) off-the-grid in tune with nature – enjoy! (B,D)

Note: Mobile reception is very limited – one bar if you hold your phone correctly.

It’s time to get to work! Between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm each day you will be busy on the beach picking up debris and other rubbish, stopping for tea and lunch breaks. There will also be time to explore the scenic colored sand cliffs and surrounds. The area is one of the most heavily polluted in Australia due to ocean currents dumping rubbish on this stretch of coast, so you can expect to be very busy. (B,L,D)

This morning it is time to pack up and head back to Cairns, with a few comfort stops en route. Once back in Cairns enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour ends back in Cairns, with your accommodation included for the final night. (B)

Safe Travels! 

  • Accommodation:
      • 2 nights accommodation in dorm-share (share facilities) at Gilligans Backpacker Resort (or similar)
      • Camping in remote Cape York location 
  • Meals as per itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Land transfers to/ from Cape Bedford 
  • 24/7 Supervisor on location with the group during the Cape York Conservation volunteer camping week
  • T-shirt
  • All volunteer fees
  • Program coordination and assistance by No Limit Adventures
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fees to Australia (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers 
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, bed sheets (sleeping bags, bed sheets and mattresses available for hire – see note)
  • Costs of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • This offer is valid until the end of 2021 pending availability of spaces
  • Packages can be tailored according to individual requirements
  • Optional scuba diving courses (pre or post program)
  • Min. 2 persons per trip
  • Please note the weather in the tropics can be very wet and humid at all times of the year.
  • Tents and basic bedding can be provided, but are subject to availability. You need to bring your own sleeping bag, bed sheet and pillow. We can provide a mattress for hire @ $50. Sleeping bag and bed sheet are available for hire @ $35.
  • 30% deposit required to secure place
  • Full payment must be made no later than 42 days before program commencement
  • No refunds inside 42 days of program commencement
  • Cancellations made within 42 – 60 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee of total price
  • Cancellations made outside 61 days will be charged an administration fee of AUD$150
  • No shows will incur 100% cancellation fee.

No Limit Adventures reserves the right to cancel any departure up to 30 days before the commencement date.

Deposits will be refunded in such an instance.

No Limit Adventures takes no responsibility for any travel arrangements made outside of the inclusions of the Far North Queensland conservation program.

Program Dates

AUD$ 1790
  • 29.04. – 06.05.2021*
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  • DEPARTURES
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Beach Clean up, Beach clean-up volunteering, Far North Queensland conservation, Parley for the Oceans

Fun Facts about the Cape, the oceans & marine debris

Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans

An estimated 8 million tons of waste enters our oceans every year

It takes about 400 years to degrade plastic

Cape Bedford is one of the most spectacular sand dune environments on Cape York

70 percent of ocean garbage sinks to the bottom, meaning it is unlikely ever to be cleaned up

There is so much rubbish in the oceans giant garbage patches have formed, the largest – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, includes an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces

Cape Bedford is a well-known marine debris hotspot with more than 1 tonne of plastic debris per kilometre of beach!

What to expect during your week at Cape Bedford?

Elim Beach is a remote camp ground with unpowered sites, drinking water and cold showers. Mobile reception is very limited (1 bar if you hold your phone correctly). The camp will have a generator that you can use to charge your devices at limited times of the day. The food will be prepared as a collective, with basic vegetarian camping meals. All volunteers are expected to help with the camp chores (food preparation, dishes etc.). If you have special dietary requirements we suggest you bring some additional snacks and food for the week.

 What to bring for your camping experience:

Bring your own tent if you have one or let us know if you need to borrow one. Bring a mattress, sleeping bag, torch, closed shoes, swimmers, a reusable drink bottle, a small backpack for the day trips and clothing for cool nights, hot sunny days and the odd rain shower. Also feel free to bring any games or musical instruments for our campfire nights.  

Note. Sleeping bags and mattresses can be hired.