Location: Great Barrier Reef
Whitsundays SUP conservation adventure, Great Barrier Reef
March 5, 2018 - March 10, 2018$695
Welcome to Thomas Island
Thomas Island lies at the foot of the Whitsundays, but remains well off the tourist trail. Picturesque bays, sandy beaches and gorgeous coral reefs all wait to be explored!
Learn to SUP!
This trip is unique in that not only will you be making a difference, but you have the opportunity to learn a new sport! Experienced paddle-board instructor Chrissy is joining us on the trip, for afternoon lessons each day. She’ll cater to newbies SUPping for the first time, right through the experienced SUPpers wanting to refine their technique.
You’ll also camp on tropical white sand beaches, explore remote bays, sail, snorkel, enjoy the company of like-minded people and learn stacks along the way. March is also peak turtle hatching season in the GBR islands!
Is this trip right for you?
We need enthusiastic adventurers to join our highly-experienced project leaders in this unique restoration project.
You’ll be committed to around 4 hours of conservation work per day, targeting the invasive species and marine debris that devastate local ecosystems. You’ll also help our team conduct research to help guide future management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef islands. There is no age limit or required fitness level on this trip.
A day in the field:
A typical day sees mornings dedicated to conservation work, and afternoons playing, relaxing and exploring.
7.00am: Breakfast on our boat the Wild Cat. A selection of cereals, toasts, eggs and fruits to get you fuelled for the day ahead.
8.00am: Daily briefing.
8.15am-12pm: Island rehabilitation. Can include anything from weed control and bush rehabilitation to removing marine debris from turtle nesting sites.
10.00am: A quick break for a morning cuppa.
1.00pm: Lunch with the team on the Wild Cat. Home-cooked by our project leaders (who are also culinary experts!). We can cater to a range of dietary requirements.
1.45pm–5pm: SUP lessons with Chrissy on the island. There will also be time for snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, exploring the island and relaxing.
5.00pm: Drinks and nibbles back on Wild Cat.
6.00pm: Dinner with a group meeting and discussion. We always say our dinners “take you around the world in the week”. Some of our signature dishes include an Aussie BBQ, Indian Rogan Josh, Indonesian Nasi Goreng and a Mexican fiesta!
Wild Mob has been involved in Great Barrier Reef Island conservation for around a decade. With the help of our conservation volunteers. we’ve managed to restore significant areas of critically endangered littoral (beach) rainforest. Our focus on Thomas will be tackling a Roheo outbreak, which propagates prolifically and smothers the native bush.
Through weed control, we continue to maintain these areas ensuring critical canopy coverage is maintained and the forest heals itself. We also remove marine debris (plastic, nets, ropes and so forth) from marine turtle nesting beaches and critical habitat for shore birds. As part of the Wild Mob team, you can expect to be doing sensible, pragmatic conservation work that really makes a big difference.
Travel from Mackay Marina to the island on our boat Wild Cat (about 2–4 hours)
All food for the trip, home-cooked by your project leader
Use of all work and play equipment (loppers, snorkels, kayaks etc)
All camping gear and swags (please bring your own sleeping bag)
Daily SUP guidance from local expert Chrissy
All boards and paddles for the SUP lessonsz
Alcohol is not included, but please feel free to bring along your own for daily “sundowners” and nibbles on Wild Cat.
There is no accomodation on the island. We will set up camp in tents
There is no electricity on the island. We do have a generator on board for charging important items
There are no shops or laundry facilities on the island
Homemade camping toilets will be available. There is a flushing saltwater macerator toilet on board Wild Cat
Showers on Wild Cat are available but limited
Sal Stutsel, Wild Mob Project Leader
Sal has a degree in Environmental Science and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, through CQ University, Rockhampton. She has developed many successful small business projects in rural communities over the years, all underpinned by an environmental, ethical and sustainable philosophy. Read more…
Steve Fisher, Skipper
Steve was born with saltwater in his blood. His father was a commercial fisherman and his mother ran a volunteer marine rescue base. He grew up in a little coastal village on the coast of central Queensland and spent his days adventuring in homemade boats. Read More…
Chrissy Den Elzen, Pro Paddle Mackay
Chrissy is a SUP expert from Pro Paddle in Mackay. She will be on hand the whole week to offer guidance and refine your SUP skills. Tailoring to all experience levels, she can take you through the basics of paddle boarding, right through to the more advanced aspects of the sport. She knows how to make sure you get the most of your experience.
What to pack:
1 large backpack (better than a suitcase as you will be required to carry your luggage at times)
1 small backpack (for daytime activities)
1 sleeping bag (swags and mats are provided)
1 pair of thick working pants (to protect against scratches from plants and insects. We recommend something thicker than yoga pants, like jeans)
1 or more pairs of long working shirts and trousers (to protect against scratches from plants, insect bites and the sun)
Wet weather clothing (a lightweight jacket with a hood is perfect)
Warm clothes (it can get a little chilly at night, a fleece, wind stopper or sweater is ideal)
1 pair of walking boots, trainers or sneakers (with strong soles)
1 pair of closed shoes with strong soles that can get wet. (sneakers or reef shoes made out of wetsuit material are great, high ankles are best)
1 pair of sandals, thongs or flip-flops
1 pair of swimmers (wetsuits are provided)
1 pair of sunglasses
1 hat (wide-brimmed for plenty of shade is best)
1 personal drink bottle (a total minimum 2 litres is best)
Personal medication and toiletries.
Sunscreen (highest protection factor you can get)
Insect repellent (preferably biodegradable)
Torch and spare batteries (w’d opt for a head torch)
Plenty of casual clothing (t-shirts, tops, shorts, socks, underwear and anything else you think you may need for the week)
Any personal medication and medical equipment (please note there is no access to pharmacies on the islands)
Camera and spare batteries
1 small pillow or pillowcase to put your jumper in
Binoculars to spot wildlife (optional)
Things for free time (books, cards, music etc)
Mackay Marina Village, Mackay Marina Office
Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour, QLD
Start date: Monday 05/03/2018 at 6:30 am
End date: Saturday 10/03/2018 at approximately 3:00 pm
If you are travelling to Mackay, we strongly suggest arriving the day before and leaving the day after the trip. The weather, tides or other circumstances outside our control can sometimes cause delays coming back into the marina. We can recommend a range of accommodation options in Mackay to suit your needs.
If you suffer from seasickness, please pack appropriate medications and let our project leaders know in advance. The trip to the island can be a little rough! Learn more about seasickness and easy ways to prevent it here.
Secure your spot on this trip with a $100 deposit by clicking Book Now. We’ll then we in touch with everything you need to get ready for your expedition.
What our volunteers are saying
Be prepared for some serious fun!David
The Wild Mob crew are full of knowledge, loads of fun and some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet! I’ve been on two conservation adventures and haven’t been disappointed one bit.Isabella
Working with Wild Mob was incredible! Being able to get real hands-on experience and learning how conservation works in the real world has been eye opening. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.Thanuri
The most interesting thing I learnt was about myself. Having grown up in a city surrounded by technology, I learnt how dependent we are upon our technology. Being on an island away from phone reception or internet, I found that it was simply a desire as opposed to a necessity.Briodie
The work we were doing is going to have a real, valuable impact.Aly
I loved snorkelling off Brampton Island and learning about all the marine life in and around the reef. Swimming in the crystal-clear waters and learning about a whole new world underwater was a real highlight!Summah