• Australia
    • Brisbane
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Family Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
If you intend to stay for 1-3 weeks, Fronteering will assist in having you placed at a local Hostel. For 4 weeks or more, you’ll be placed at a local homestay in or near the city.
If staying at the hostel, no meals are provided, however, for an additional cost, the hostel can provide breakfast and a packed lunch. At the local homestay there are two options available. From no meals at homestay to two meals a day during week days and three meals on weekends.
Depending on the accommodation option you choose, you will either be picked up at the airport or take the train or bus to your accommodation.
Ongoing service and on location emergency support
What's Included
Accommodation Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 26, 2020
Jan 12, 2019
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About Program

Take up this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what it is like to be a Koala keeper at one of the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuaries in beautiful Queensland, Australia! Looking for a project that allows you to have close encounters with Koalas, kangaroos, and many more local wildlife? Then this volunteer experience is perfect for you!

Come in close contact with over 130 Koalas of different ages and not to mention other wildlife such as kangaroos, echidnas, platypus, emu, common and southern hairy-nose wombat! If you are looking to cuddle and play with the local wildlife all day, or be trained in animal handling then this is not for you. The duties of an animal keeper are not easy and can be physically demanding. If you enjoy working with animals and are not afraid to get your hands dirty in the outdoors, then seize this unique and amazing opportunity now!

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at the Australia Zoo

I volunteered at the Australia zoo last Summer. I like the Australia wildlife and always was a big fan of Steve Irwin. Seeing this opportunity I knew it was for me. I had a great time and learned a lot. I should say that the location is quite isolated so that is something that you should be aware of. We also were staying in a nearby hostel which was okay but I know that they since then have instead been using homestays which In my opinion is much better and I would have preferred that option but unfortunately that was not possible when I went.

I can really recommend this trip especially now that it includes homestay accommodation and meals.

(why do we have to leave such a long review, I think if you would allow us to leave shorter reviews more people would do it).

44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Koala Care Australia with Fronteering

Hi everyone I came recently back from my Australian Adventure. Based out of Brisbane I volunteering for 4 weeks at the Koala Sanctuary. It was a excellent time where I learned and experienced much. I did the whole back pack packing thing and Started Melbourne and ended up in Kakadu before heading home. Honestly the Volunteering was the highland of my stay. It was nice to be in one place for a longer time and I had such a good time there with the other volunteers. We did so many things together and the volunteering with the animals was amazing. Keep in mind that it does involve quite a bit of cleaning! I did not mind it though as in the end it is all for the goof the animal.

Al in all I had a good time and have not regretted it for one second. I hope more people will go out there and volunteer I believe schools and governments should make it mandatory for people to go volunteering abroad at least once in their life.

44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at the Wildlife Hospital of Australia Zoo

When I first saw this program I was like wow cool volunteering at Steve Irwin's Australia zoo! That Is cool! However I wanted not to volunteer at a sanctuary/zoo. I prefer to work with real wild animals!

When I learned that this program is actually with the Wildlife Hospital of Australia zoo where you help with the care and rehab of native species that will be released back in to the wild I got really excited!

So this I not a zoo caring program and all your efforts go towards the great cause of releasing animals back in to the wild. Some of the species are even endangered!

What I like to tell everyone interested is that this program is great and rewarding but you better be ready to get your hands dirty as quite a bit of cleaning is involved as that is afteral one of the most important tasks especially dealing with sick and weakened animals as they can not handle getting a infection from a dirty cage.

The service Fronteering offered was great though sometimes I took them a few days to respond when I first inquired, but it seems they are just very busy. There staff is very nice and helpful though!

What would you improve about this program?
To be clear this program is in at the Australia Zoo wildlife hospital and not at the Australia zoo.
44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Australia Koala volunteering with Fronteering

Hi Everyone reading my review! My name is Maxime and I am from the Southern Part of Germany. For my first trip abroad without my parents I choose to volunteer for 6 weeks at the Koala program by Fronteering in Australia followed by several weeks of Backpacking before I was to start university in Germany.

Fronteering did a great job of helping me be comfortable and making all the arrangements. This helped me feel better about the trip and gave me the courage to travel just by myself. I stayed with a nice homestay family in the great Brisbane area not too far from the Sanctuary.

I had a very nice time and I loved working with the koala's and other volunteers. I was concerned that I would not have any friends but I made many friends quickly which was so fun as we got to do lots of fun things together and I made a friend so we could travel together after finishing my program.

I loved the program and I am exciting to go back to Australia!

What would you improve about this program?
no comment, nothing I can think of at the moment..
46 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Elizabeth, Great question. While we do not have a definite answer we expect borders to slowly start opening back up around the beginning of June. We expect things to back to normal around beginning of July. We expect most countries will be hardest by mid April the latest and start recovering around the end of April. We are offering the possibility to postpone our programs to a later date for...

When staying 4 weeks including homestay accommodation with a local family and meals included is: 2195 US$.

Hi Ellie, The program length is 4-6 weeks!