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Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state, packed with great landscapes including beaches, mountains and stunning national parks and reserves and just an hour from Sydney by plane. Projects in Melbourne take place in urban areas as well as the immediate city surrounds, and volunteers may be transferred on arrival to one of Conservation Volunteers’ Regional Offices in Bendigo or Geelong. Bendigo is an impressive Victorian city in the region where gold was discovered more than 150 years ago, while Geelong marks the start of the Great Ocean Road region, Australia’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery.
Examples of projects in Victoria include:
- The conservation projects based at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary in Bundoora aims to re-introduce native mammals, including bandicoots and dunnarts – this project helps to increase the quality of the habitat through tree planting, weed control, exclusion fencing and walking track maintenance. It’s also a good place to spot some kangaroos!
- The Island is a steep, narrow, lava-capped ridge at the junction of Myrniong Creek and the Werribee River, and lies within the Victorian Volcanic Plain bioregion. CVA is undertaking a long term project to restore this degraded land and turn it into a haven for wildlife.
- The Otway National Park represents all that is special about the Otways: tall wet forests, ancient rainforests, drier forests of the inland slopes and the very diverse heathlands and woodlands, all fringed by a spectacularly rugged coastline and studded with some of Victoria’s most striking waterfalls and other attractions. The Great Ocean Walk is a significant track building and maintenance program through this beautiful area.
- The Grampians National Park offers the chance to protect and enhance biodiversity values through setting up fauna surveys, weed control and walking track maintenance work.