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Join the Parley for the Oceans Organisation on a multi-day remote beach clean-up volunteering camping adventure to one of the most heavily polluted sites in Australia!
Parley is a global organization dedicated to collaborating on projects that will help get rid of rubbish from our beaches and oceans. Parley raises awareness, address major issues and takes action to help the most important ecosystem on the planet. By being a part of the Parley Team you join other like-minded creators, influencers, thinkers and leaders to join forces and take action to end the consumption of single use plastics. Parley’s mission is AIR – avoid, intercept and re-design. The organization is continuously fighting the war on plastic pollution.
Make a Difference!
Your beach clean-up volunteering mission 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 camp-ground, 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 adventure!
Once back in Cairns enjoy a day off to rejuvenate and then take part in marine conservation on the Great Barrier Reef. Whilst on the Great Barrier Reef you will be assisting us with an established GBRMPA monitoring program called “Eye on the Reef – Rapid Monitoring” your efforts will help a dedicated team of Marine Biologists and other industry professionals in monitoring long term coral health on the Great Barrier Reef. This program was developed to allow people with little to moderate reef experience to be involved in the marine conservation effort on the Great Barrier Reef. Combine the adventure of exploring various reef sites onboard Passions of Paradise with the opportunity to help the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) monitor and identify reef health indicators on the Great Barrier Reef, under the watchful eye of a Master Reef Guide.
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 Parley 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. 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 Parley 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 Parley supervisor 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 coloured 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. (B)
Free day. Enjoy the day at leisure. Relax or opt to do some optional activities in or around Cairns. (B)
Over the next 4 days you will be onboard Passions of Paradise, a locally owned premier operator promoting sustainable day trips to the Great Barrier Reef to enhance your marine conservation experience. Under the guidance of your designated Eco-guide you will undertake a selection of activities each day while diving (2 x dives per day), being Rapid Monitoring surveys and a species count to be entered into Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s Eye on the Reef Sighting’s Network (number of activities could vary depending on conditions). Optionally you may also carry out Coral Watch surveys while snorkelling. As a PADI dive centre, Passions of Paradise has the ability to offer divers and snorkelers special recognition for their conservation efforts during your conservation experience. Utilising the Project AWARE foundation, you will receive a certificate of recognition for your contributions to protecting the world’s marine environment with an AWARE Coral Reef Conservation recognition and/or a Project AWARE Specialist recognition. Each day you will need to check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal by 0730am and return to Cairns late afternoon. Free time each afternoon. (B,L)
All participants: please be at the Reef Fleet Terminal (Port) no later than 0730am for check-in with Passions of Paradise on both days.
Reef levies payable directly to Passions of Paradise on day 10 (AUD$20/ day = AUD$40)
opt to do some optional activities in or around Cairns. (B)
Today is the end of your tour. Check out and transfer to the airport for your onward or homeward journey. Safe Travels! (B)
End of program.
- 5 nights accommodation in dorm-share (share facilities) at Gilligans Backpacker Resort
- Camping in remote Cape York location with Parley for the Oceans
- Meals as per itinerary (B,L,D)
- Land transfers to/ from Cape Bedford with Parley
- 24/7 Parley Supervisor on location with the group during Parley camping week
- 2 x day trips on Passions of Paradise with a dedicated reef conservation guide doing Eye on the Reef – Rapid Monitoring and other Marine Conservation tasks
- Parley 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 (see Note)
- Sleeping bags, pillows, bed sheets (sleeping bags, bed sheets and mattresses available for hire – see note)
- Reef taxes and levies ($20/ day with Passions of Paradise. TOTAL Reef Fees: AUD$40)
- Costs of personal nature
- Optional activities
- This offer is valid until the end of 2020 pending availability of spaces
- Packages can be tailored according to individual requirements
- Optional scuba diving courses (pre or post program)
- 4 persons per trip – small groups, intimate voluntourism experience.
- 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.
- Beach clean-up tasks with the Parley Team, supervised by Parley Staff.
- Undertaking Rapid Monitoring surveys on the Great Barrier Reef while snorkelling under the guidance of a Master Reef Guide
Payment & Cancellation policy
- 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.
- 24.05. – 04.06.2020
- 21.06. – 02.07.2020
- 12 – 23.07.2020
- 02 – 13.08.2020
- 13 – 24.09.2020
Fun Facts about Parley
What to expect during your week with Parley?
- Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans;
- an estimated 8 million tons of waste enters our oceans every year;
- Cape Bedford is a well-known marine debris hotspot with more than 1 tonne of plastic debris per kilometre of beach!
- Parley was founded in 2012 by designer and strategist Cyrill Gutsch and is head-quartered in New York
- Parley is leading the way of replacing sustainability with eco innovation and is speaking of futurists, not environmentalists
- "Parley" means "to discuss terms with an enemy", a war talk for the oceans.
- Parley has devoted to clean 1 million square kilometres of beaches in Australia this year!!
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, your Parley shirt if you have one, 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.