Location: Norfolk Island
September 10 - September 18
From Sydney: 10–17 September
From Brisbane: 11–18 September
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
Av temp: 18–23ºC
Group size: Max 10
Welcome to Norfolk!
Norfolk Island is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world. It’s home to a whopping 58 threatened species, many of which are endemic. Its rich cultural history, diverse ecosystems and breathtaking natural beauty make a visit to Norfolk once-in-a-lifetime.
From October to April, the island’s magnificent cliffs are a crucial breeding site for thousands of migrating seabirds. Norfolk itself is home to the endemic and endangered Norfolk Island Green Parrot, as well as other endemic birds, plants and marine life.
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 moderate habitat restoration and conservation work for around 4 hours each day. There will also be plenty of time to explore the island’s spectacular beauty and cultural history. 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 at the hotel. A selection of cereals, toasts, eggs, fruits, teas and coffees will get you fuelled for the day ahead.
8.00am: Daily briefing.
8.15am-11.45pm: Island conservation work. Can include anything from weed and pest control, bush rehabilitation, species surveys or removing marine debris from beaches.
10.00am: A quick break for a morning cuppa.
12.00pm: Lunch with the team, home-cooked by our project leaders. We can cater to a range of dietary requirements. You can also eat lunch separate from the group at one of Norfolk’s cafes or restaurants if you’d prefer.
2.00–6.00pm: Free time to explore the island. Project leaders can offer guided tours and hikes, or recommend activities around the island for you to do solo. Highlights include beautiful coastal hikes in the national park, the cultural museums of historical Kingston, swimming in Emily Bay (in the warmer months), driving tours or simply relaxing and soaking up the beauty.
7.00pm: Dinner time! With the exception of the welcome BBQ, midweek pub dinner and farewell meal, you’re free to eat dinner however you like.
Our project leaders can recommend some great local restaurants to try, though you’re hard-pressed to get a bad meal on the island! There are also kitchen facilities at the hotel if you like to cook.
Our work on Norfolk Island is hands on. We work within Norfolk Island National Park, other reserves and on private conservation land.
A key focus of our work is bushland restoration. We look after regenerating forests across the island to vastly improve habitats for more than 55 threatened or endangered species that call Norfolk home, as well as the seabirds that breed within the Norfolk Island group.
We also help control the feral animals that devastate local ecosystems, conduct research and monitoring to improve conservation management and brainstorm with local ecologists to find better ways of doing things.
You will be working alongside inspiring like-minded people, national park rangers, local scientists and Norfolk Islanders.
Return seat and bag economy airfare to Norfolk Island from Brisbane or Sydney (including all pre-paid airline taxes)
Meet & Greet at Norfolk Island airport
Return Norfolk Island airport transfers
7 nights’ accommodation
Shared use of vehicles: of 1 x 8-seater van hire. Plus 1 x standard car (car hire surcharge and basic car insurance included. Petrol usage is additional cost and payable direct on island.
Half day island tour
An opportunity to explore and learn about Pitcairn culture, language and craft
Complimentary Miniature Golf
Complimentary A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card with free gift
Your very own Wild Mob volunteer t-shirt
Daily breakfast and lunch
Welcome to the island BBQ
Group dinner at a local club
Accommodation at the local serviced apartments is very comfortable. You’ll find snug beds, television and radio, as well as personal bathroom and kitchen facilities.
There is full access to shops, restaurants and laundry facilities on the island.
Call rates from Norfolk and considered international by most carriers. We recommended turning off mobile data and/or using a local SIM as high roaming charges may apply. Check your plan before your trip.
While there is WiFi connection on Norfolk, it can be a little temperamental. You can purchase WiFi cards from the local supermarket.
Norfolk Island has a great variety of tours available for you to enjoy. Norfolk Island Travel Centre is happy to assist with pre-booking your tour and dining requirements.
Derek Ball, Wild Mob Project Leader
Derek grew up a long way from the coast in the dust of outback Australia but a trip to the Great Barrier Reef when he was six fostered a love of the sea that would shape the rest of his life. Passionate with everything about the sea he pursued a Bachelor Degree followed by a PhD in marine biology and zoology. Read more…
Marg Christian, Norfolk Island Project Leader
Marg moved to Norfolk Island in 1981 and soon after was employed by the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. When the Norfolk Island National Park was later declared, there were 3 staff and that small team had the challenge of managing over 50 endemic species of flora and fauna. Read more…
Jodie Williams, Norfolk Island Project Leader
Jodie was born in Norfolk Island and is a direct descendant of the Pitcairners who arrived there in 1856. Jodie is devoted to her island home and community, and loves to share the diversity its beauty with those who visit. Read more…
What to pack:
1 large backpack or suitcase
1 small backpack (for daytime activities)
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 (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
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)
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
Camera and spare batteries
Binoculars to spot wildlife (optional)
Things for free time (books, cards, music etc)
Project departure from Australia is staggered from Sydney and Brisbane based on available flights.
Departing from Sydney
Monday 10/09/18 to Monday 17/09/18
From $1659 per person twin share
Departing from Brisbane
Tuesday 11/09/18 to Tuesday 18/09/18
From $1609 per person twin share
When you get there:
When you arrive in Norfolk, you’ll be met at Norfolk Island airport and transferred to your accommodation. There, you’ll meet your project leader and the other volunteers. After an afternoon island orientation tour, we’ll start the week with a social BBQ with some locals!
Overseas travel information:
We recommend travelling with a passport if you have one, as flights to Norfolk Island leave from the international airport terminals. However for Australian citizens, a photo ID is also acceptable (it can just take a little longer to get through customs).
This trip can be booked through our mates at Norfolk Island Travel Centre. NITC’s friendly staff will also be able to help you with any questions you have about the trip.
What our volunteers are saying
Wild Mob is instrumental in conservation in Australia. Working with them was a real privilege. Knowing that what you’re doing is having an impact, and seeing that impact as you work made my time with them a real highlight!Michael
This was an amazing experience, getting to know more about nature, and gaining friendships. It was amazing to see how much more knowledge that I had gained about the environment, and how important it is to our community. Wild Mob is an amazing program that makes you become one with nature.Chentelle
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 work we were doing is going to have a real, valuable impact.Aly