Australian Wildlife Sanctuary North Queensland

A genuine Australian Native Zoo experience! Assist in the care and maintenance of Australian mammals including crocodiles, cockatoos, parrots and other Australian native species in beautiful tropical North Queensland in a local zoo.

Australian Wildlife Sanctuary North Queensland

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Animal Care, Community Education


2 Weeks+

Start Dates

All year round


Mossman QLD

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Background Information

This organization has a large comprehensive display of Australian mammals, including other animals such as crocodiles, cockatoos and parrots.  The sanctuary also houses five endangered species, of which are in breeding programs.  A love for animals in a must and they all work closely together to ensure the well being of the animals in their care.

The Zoo is set in 5 hectares (10 acres) of tropical gardens and comprises several guest B&B style accommodation rooms (including a large pool) and some 120 species of Australian native birds, mammals and reptiles including crocodiles, kangaroos,
cassowaries, emus, dingos and wombats to name a few.

The Sanctuary is a brilliant day out from Port Douglas or Cairns for families, individuals and groups wanting to see, touch and photograph wildlife set within wetland reserves and purpose built aviaries with first class amenities.

Project Tasks

Volunteers typically assist with daily feeding of animals and birds, cleaning enclosures, gardening, painting, light construction work and at times, assisting with the preparation of the accommodation rooms,  building of new enclosures etc.

Hours of work are typically 7.30am to 1.00pm or 12.00pm to 5.00pm with a tea break. Every 2nd night 30mins for night feeding is also required.

Accommodation inclusions

  • Poolside accommodation in clean and comfortable twin share or single room depending on time of year, fans provided.
  • Access to the Pool and Zoo at your own leisure
  • Use of a bicycle to get to Wonga Beach, local store etc
  • Great food; all the fresh meat and vegetables that you can eat
  • Free Wifi at the reception are

Volunteer Expectations

  • That you are a genuine, honest and hard working person
  • That you have a positive can-do attitude
  • That you are willing to get your hands dirty, get wet when it rains etc.
  • That you are comfortable around animals (no phobias of birds etc.)
  • That you are fluent in English and can understand general directions
  • That you have a sense of humour and don’t take things to heart (Important!)
  • That you do not smoke
  • That you do not have any special dietary requirements


Free pick you up and drop off from the Mossman bus depot is included.  This means you’ll need to find your own way to Mossman.  Bus transfers operate multiple times daily from Cairns which is the closest airport.

About the Animals

Just some of the wildlife you are likely to encounter while visiting Daintree Wild Zoo:

Freshwater Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile
Tiger Quoll
Sugar Glider
Squirrel Glider
Northern Bettong
Rufous Bettong
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
King Quail
Dusky Moorhen
Buff-banded Rail
Pacific Black Duck
Plumed Whistling -Duck
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-necked Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Varied Lorikeet
Black Kite
Eastern Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
Northern Rosella
Western Rosella
Port Lincoln Ringneck
Mallee Ringneck
Twenty-eight Parrot
Blue-winged Parrot
Elegant Parrot
Turquoise Parrot
Scarlett-chested Parrot
Gouldian Finch
Australian Wood Duck
Cattle Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Bush Thick-knee
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Zebra Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Plumb-headed Finch
Crimson Finch
Star Finch
Diamond Firetail
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Blue-faced Parrot-Finch
Emerald Dove
Spinifex Pigeon
Southern Boobook
Tawny Frogmouth
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
Double-barred Finc
Musk Lorikeet
Australian King Parrot
Red-winged Parrot
Cloncurry Ringneck
Golden-shouldered Parrot
Hooded Parrot
Blue Bonnet
Bourke’s Parrot
Crested Pigeon
Wonga Pigeon
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
(4 sub-species)
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed BlackCockatoo
(2 sub-species)
White-tailed BlackCockatoo
(2 sub-species)
Gang-Gang Cockatoo
Galah (2 sub-species)
Long-billed Corella
(2 sub-species)
Little Corella
Short-billed Corella
Major Mitchell’s Cookatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Eclectus Parrot
Superb Parrot
Regent Parrot
Princess Parrot
Red-capped Parrot
Red-rumped Pa
Adelaide Rosella
Green Rosella
Crimson Rosella
Yellow Rosella

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.