WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAM

The Australian Quoll Conservancy (AQC) is a non-profit organization responsible for educating, creating and supporting conservation efforts on all quoll species in Australia. The AQC is actively undertaking various quoll conservation projects including mapping, monitoring and researching existing population of the endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll, particularly in North Queensland. Only 350 animals are estimated to be left in the wild in North Queensland, making the Spotted-tailed Quoll a critically threatened species. Your support of this program will assist the AQC species recovery team in gaining valuable data on the movements, numbers and welfare of the species in the region.

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 participating in this program you will also become a part of the Parley for the Oceans team. Parley for the Oceans is a global network where creators, thinkers and leaders raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction. To address the fast-growing, complex and global issue of marine plastic pollution, Parley devised a scalable strategy: Parley AIR – Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. In Australia, Parley for the Oceans’ efforts are predominantly focused on community and corporate education to avoid using single-use plastics, and on marine debris interception by removing washed up rubbish from beaches, mangroves, rivers and creeks.

By being a part of the Parley team you will learn hands-on about marine debris, where it is coming from, why it is a problem for our eco-systems and what we can do to end it by finding solutions to resign the material itself. Your tasks will depend on the staff on the day, but may involve helping with a beach clean-up or sorting some of the tones of plastic collected during previous clean-ups at their base in Cairns.

Your contribution and energy is a great help to the individuals, organisations and tourism operators, with a high commitment to environmental sustainability, in their ongoing struggle for environmental sustainability of wildlife, rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Join us for an in-depth and intimate small-group wildlife conservation and reef voluntourism experience in Far North Queensland.

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAM ITINERARY

1 Day 1
2 Day 2
3 Day 3 - 5
4 Day 6
5 Day 7 8
6 Day 9 - 10
7 Day 11 - 12
8 Tasks
9 Incusions
10 Exlusion
11 Notes
12 Payment & Cancellation policy:
13 Price
1 Day 1

Day 1 Cairns

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 on foot. Points of interest include a stroll along the Esplanade, the Botanic Gardens, a swim in the Lagoon, the port and the CBD. Wildlife conservation 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.

2 Day 2

Cairns – Rainforest location/ Quoll Conservation

This morning after breakfast, a scheduled transfer will take you approx. 90 minutes out of Cairns, where you will meet the field team from the Australian Quoll Conservancy. You and your gear will then travel on vehicles (4x4) to the remote AQC rainforest field survey site. Please note; due to the severity of remoteness there is no phone reception. However, the AQC can schedule some digital comms with the outside world if this is requested earlier, as it will mean travelling several kilometers back to mobile tower reception. The AQC Field Survey Teams are fully equipped with recovery gear, remote first aid kits, including emergency EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) in case of a critical eventuality. (Travel Insurance is a must)

AQC base camp is rustic, but cosy and will bring you up close to the world’s oldest cloud rainforest. Upon setting up camp a brief on safety and field operations including the upcoming week of wildlife conservation work ahead will be presented. You will then spend the next four nights off-the-grid in tune with nature – enjoy! (B,L,D)

3 Day 3 - 5

Rainforest location/ Quoll Conservation

Over the next three days, you will be assisting AQC Team members in their efforts to collect data and monitor the Spotted-tailed quoll population in this specific area. Your tasks will vary and will be assigned by the AQC staff on hand. Tasks will be accordingly to the seasonal month of your trip, i.e. identifying individuals sex, collecting automated weights, monitoring breeding status. Activities will give you a great insight on the secret lives of these cryptic creatures revealing more than you ever expected. (B,L,D)

4 Day 6

Rainforest location – Cairns

Cairns turtle rehabilitation centerThis morning it is time to farewell the AQC field team, pack up and head back to the “big smoke”, Cairns. After another bush breakfast, you will make your way back to civilization. Your local Cairns-based contact will pick you up and take you back to Cairns. Once back in Cairns enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

 

5 Day 7 8

Cairns/ Fitzroy Island & Turtles

This morning you transfer by ferry to Fitzroy Island, 45 minutes from Cairns, where you will meet the volunteers working at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on the island. You will learn about the work done by this organization, meet some of the patients and, possibly, go behind the scenes to lend a helping hand. Tasks may include feeding turtles, cleaning tanks as well as a beach clean up. Return to Cairns at midday or alternatively stay on the island for the afternoon. If the latter enjoy free time. Do one of the walks on the island, relax on the beach or swim and snorkel. The afternoon ferry returns to Cairns approx. 17:45. (B)

Note: no snorkeling equipment provided. You can hire equipment at your own expense or bring your own.

Note: amount of tasks and the opportunity to do hands-on work at the Turtle Rehab Centre are subject to number of volunteers present at the centre on the day.

Day 8 Cairns

Free day. Enjoy the day at leisure. Relax or opt to do some optional activities in or around Cairns. (B)

 

6 Day 9 - 10

Cairns/ Great Barrier Reef

volunteer program great barrier reefOver the next 2 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 (Master Reef Guide subject to availability) you will undertake a selection of activities each day while snorkeling, 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 or other in-water tasks. 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 each day.

Reef levies payable directly to Passions of Paradise on day 9 (AUD$20/ day = AUD$40)

7 Day 11 - 12

Cairns/ Parley for the Oceans

This morning you join the Parley for the Oceans team. You will transfer to the Parley HQ where you will be given the task of sorting and segregating rubbish collected at organised beach clean ups. It is one thing to clean the beaches, but the next task is to get the ball rolling with the upcycling process and this is what your manpower will provide today. If the weather permits and the dates align, you might also be part of a Parley beach cleanup. Here you can expect a day of fun, education and feel-good action. Learn about the impact of marine debris on our oceans, ask the expert Parley coordinators where the rubbish originates from and find out how Parley created a new-age model to fight the war on plastic. Parley for the Oceans has removed 27 tonnes of marine debris from the Australian coastline in 2019 and aims to double this number in 2020, and they can only do that with the help of you!

 

Day 12 Cairns – End of your adventure

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.

8 Tasks

Tasks (subject to change):

  • Assisting AQC with monitoring and data collection of Spotted-tailed quoll population in Far North Queensland
  • Hands on help with everyday tasks while camping remote in the rainforest with ACQ
  • Undertaking Rapid Monitoring surveys on the Great Barrier Reef while snorkelling under the guidance of a Master Reef Guide
  • Hands on support at the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre on Fitzroy Island
  • Sorting plastics at the Parley for the Oceans HQ, possibly take part in a Parley-organised beach clean-up (pending event happening on this day)

 

“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that animal”

9 Incusions
  • Accommodation:
    • 7 nights accommodation in dorm-share (share facilities) at Gilligans Backpacker Resort
    • Camping in remote rainforest with AQC (4 nights) incl. camping equipment
  • Meals as per itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Private land transfers to/ from AQC rainforest camp
  • Private transfer to/ from Parley HQ for rubbish sorting or beach clean-up site
  • 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
  • Day trip to Fitzroy Island and visit at the turtle hospital, with hands-on activities (subject to availability on the day)
  • Conservation program participant certificate and Parley for the Oceans t-shirt
  • All volunteer fees
  • Program coordination and assistance by No Limit Adventures
10 Exlusion
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fees to Australia (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers (see Note)
  • Travel insurance (Comprehensive insurance compulsory)
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, bed sheets (sleeping bags and bed sheets 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
11 Notes
  • This offer is valid until the end of 2020 pending availability of spaces
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance is compulsory
  • Optional scuba diving courses (pre or post program)
  • 2/ max. 4 persons per placement – small group, intimate voluntourism experience, low impact on nature.
  • Please note the weather in the tropics can be very wet and humid at all times of the year.
  • Basic bedding is provided, however you need to bring your own sleeping bag, bed sheet and pillow. We can provide a sleeping bag and bed sheet for hire @ $35.
  • Gilligan’s offers all guests a free one way airport transfer from Cairns airport to the hostel between the hours of 8am to 8pm. For those wanting to take the FREE airport transfer please go to bus bay 6 outside the domestic and international terminals. A booking is required – to do this please go to  https://cairnsairportshuttle.com.au/bookings/ and use discount code gilarr57 to ensure you are not charged for the transfer. Maximum of 7 passengers per booking. Please remember to print or save your ticket to present to the bus driver.
  • Single room upgrades available at the hostel, pending availability and at extra cost (approx. AUD$100 per night)
  • There is no guarantee of any wildlife encounters whilst working with AQC, hands on support at the turtle rehabilitation centre etc. We cannot guarantee you will take part in a Parley beach clean-up as this will be subject to an event happening at the same time. We will endeavour to make the project as interesting and educational as possible taking into account the conditions at the time.
12 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

 

 

Operator Cancellation:

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.

13 Price

AUD3690 per person (based on min. 2/ max. 4 pax)

 (Prices valid until 31 December 2020 | Prices above are GST inclusive)

Wildlife Conservation

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 Fun Facts about the Quoll population in Far North Queensland:

  • The isolate subspecies of the spotted-tailed quoll (gracilis race) have reached conservative population numbers of around 350 animals left in the wild of North Queensland;
  • The quoll breeding season expands between April and August;
  • The AQC is a bonafide quoll conservation registered organization in Australia;
  • Spotted-tailed Quolls are the largest mainland Australia marsupial carnivores, with a life expectancy of no more than 36 months in the wilds of North Queensland;
  • There are four species of quoll in Australia;
  • The AQC is highly dependent on wildlife volunteers and donations to ensure they can continue their conservation efforts!
  • Habitat loss, fragmentation of habitat and current climate emergencies are the many survival threats of this Australian marsupial carnivore.

    Fun Facts about Parley & marine debris:

    • every second breath we take is generated by the oceans;
    • an estimated 8 million tons of waste enters our oceans every year;
    • 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.

     

Program Dates

from mid-April to mid-August, pending availability.
  • 05 – 16.04.2020
  • 17 – 28.05.2020
  • 05 – 16.07.2020
  • 16 – 27.08.2020

Program Dates

from mid-April to mid-August, pending availability.
  • 19 – 30.04.2020
  • 07 – 18. 06.2020
  • 19 – 30.07.2020

Program Dates

from mid-April to mid-August, pending availability.
  • 03 – 14.05.2020
  • 21.06. – 02.07.2020
  • 02 – 13.08.2020
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