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Tasmania is Australia’s only island state, just an hour’s flight south of Melbourne or 90 minutes from Sydney, across Bass Strait and south of the 40th parallel. With a population of less than 500,000, forty per cent of Tasmania is protected as national parks and reserves – including 1.38 million hectares of wilderness which make up the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. For those looking to avoid too much heat when volunteering, the average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°C (70°F), while winter’s average is a mild 12°C (52° F). Fabulous beaches and historic towns and villages, combined with Tasmania’s artistic and cultural leanings, make Tasmania an ideal choice for a conservation program.
Examples of projects in Tasmania include:
- Musselroe Bay & Tomahawk Conservation Areas offer spectacular views along the coastline of north-east Tasmania and provide the perfect backdrop Conservation Volunteers. Projects include vegetation surveys, track building and maintenance projects and beach clean ups.
- ‘Cascade’, South Hobart – this terrific area of bushland at the foothills of Mt Wellington is a focus site for CVA volunteers. We’re building an extensive walking track and completing a survey of the existing flora and fauna.
- Nawrantapu National Park – located among coastal sand dunes along the shores of Bass Strait, this National Park has a high concentration of flora and fauna, with the chance to see wombats and echidnas! Projects typically include maintenance of a wetland area and creek restoration.
- Launceston has many bushland reserves including the iconic Cataract Gorge. Our volunteers help to rehabilitate habitat for native birds and wildlife, preserve areas which have endangered plant species and provide walking tracks for the general public.
- CVA also offers many tree planting and track construction projects across the State.