The Great Ocean Road - Destination Conservation Experience

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Help conserve and explore the Great Ocean Road!

Located not far from Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road is an iconic destination in Victoria which offers historic sites as well as awe-inspiring natural beauty. This program uniquely combines conservation and travel along the most famous road-trip experience in Australia.

You’ll experience a variety of conservation activities in diverse coastal and inland locations. Environments we’ll help protect and restore include coastal sand dunes, woodlands, wetlands and other areas of important wildlife habitat. Koalas, kangaroos and emus are some of the native Australian animals we’ll see, while exploring a variety of National Parks and waterfalls along the way.

We’ll also stay in a variety of coastal towns throughout our journey and introduce you to Aboriginal culture at Tower Hill. Join us to make a difference in one of Australia’s famous coastal locations for nature and heritage.

  • Discover the Great Ocean Road and be awe-struck by the incredible Twelve Apostles, London Arch and Loch Ard Gorge along the Shipwreck Coast
  • Visit iconic Bells Beach, a world-famous surfing location, and the Eastern View Memorial Arch
  • Volunteer and learn a diverse range of practical conservation skills that impact important wetlands, coastal sand dunes, woodlands and more
  • Explore rainforests, waterfalls, inland plains, coastal and mountain regions, plus Otway and Port Campbell National Parks
  • Explore rainforests, waterfalls, inland plains, coastal and mountain regions, plus Otway and Port Campbell National Parks

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8.6 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 7
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 6.8
  • Value 7.4
  • Safety 9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Conservation Project

On this conservation project we did so many thing to rehabilitate and grow the degree of conservation in different parts of Australia. This was the greatest and most rewarding trip I had ever been on, and I have been to may countries before. Just knowing that I was, as cliché as it sounds, saving the planet was the greatest feeling. You can feel so small sometimes and think that something you do may not affect anyone around the world, but when you are standing on the edge of a cliff, or at the shore of a beach that you just spent all day cleaning and you look out into the world, you feel so powerful and there is no greater feeling than that.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe a wider variety of conservation projects. There is already a variety as we did different things throughout the week, but an additional project bank might have been good!
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No, I don't recommend this program

Helpin the animals

Our project was okay, very long and tiring days, but we did get to see some cute animals. Our project leaders were not fully prepared to do the task at hand, I.e. Needed help in operating their own equipment, but we managed. Their hearts are in the right place.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a lifetime

This was a trip of a lifetime! I made lifelong friends with people from around the world who also valued my love of volunteering and travel. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff at Walkabout Wildlife Park. They were always right there working with us to make their park a better place. Our group focused on constructing walking trails and planting trees during our time at the park. We accomplished a lot during our two weeks, but I think that we would have been more productive if the labor of maintaining the park was cut into half days rather than being all day work. For example, working the mornings and then getting to interact with the wildlife or educating the public about the importance of conservation in the afternoons. The second half of the trip we toured the Eastern coast. My group got to meet the local and native people, interact with the wildlife, learn about the history of the country, as well as get to participate in activities such as scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, skydiving, white water rafting, repelling the Blue Mountains, surfing, ocean kayaking, and whale watching. This half of the trip was amazing and like nothing I had every experienced before. The free time that we got at each destination was important. It allowed us to do things individually that was not on the itinerary. On top of being a spectacular trip, it was wonderful that ISV took care of all the logistics of traveling so that I could just enjoy the ride. This was a no stress, thoroughly enjoyable, once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!

What would you improve about this program?
One area that could be improved would be providing the travelers with a basic information package of what they need to know before traveling to their destination. The package could just include a very basic need to know checklist for traveling to said country. Things like to check your phone provider for international service, purchasing a phone card, packing enough local currency to get a cab or hotel room in the case of an emergency, translation dictionary, etc.. I received prior to my trip a packing list for the nature preserve which was wonderful, however, it would have been nice to have also receive a checklist just for international travel to my specific destination.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Conservation volunteers australia

We did a lot of nice works to help to keep th wild like cleaning creeks, grasses and tree planting... We can meet a lot of nice people from all over the world and have new friends ! That's awesome ! A very good program.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Conservation Volunteer is good!!

I make a difference in this program.I think I really do the something in this world!!No matter I do the tree planting or weeds moving, I REALLY LOVE LOVE TO do these significant things!Australia is also so natural and pretty, I will not forget everything.because I met a lot of friends here,I believe CVA, BELIEVE these projects make us better.