Cassowary Coast

The Cassowary Coast

Destination Conservation Experience Overview

Help protect and create habitat for the Threatened Southern Cassowary.

Named after the prehistoric bird that makes home to the region, the Cassowary Coast stretches south from Cairns to Townsville. With the famous tourist town of Mission Beach at its heart, the coastline is bordered by the World Heritage Wet Tropical Rainforests on one side, and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. The Cassowary Coast provides critical cassowary habitat in the form of lowland littoral rainforests, beautiful fan (licuala) palm forests, and dreamy beaches. The Southern Cassowary is found only in far north east Queensland and is Australia’s most imposing bird.

We will be helping to create habitat for the threatened Cassowary as well as the Mahogany Glider, and other species that make their home here, including Curlews, Striped Possums, Forest Dragons and a variety of Skinks. Join us for a unique experience along the Cassowary Coast that combines meaningful volunteering with an adventure to explore waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes, tropical beaches and much more.

You’ll experience a variety of conservation activities in diverse coastal and inland locations. Environments we’ll help protect and restore include coastal sand dunes, woodlands, wetlands and other areas of important wildlife habitat. Koalas, kangaroos and emus are some of the native Australian animals we’ll see, while exploring a variety of National Parks and waterfalls along the way. We’ll also stay in a variety of coastal towns throughout our journey and introduce you to Aboriginal culture at Tower Hill. Join us to make a difference in one of Australia’s coastal locations famous for its nature and heritage.

Experience Highlights

  • Discover the tropical rainforests and beaches of the Cassowary Coast, including the palm-fringed stretch of Mission Beach
  • Volunteer to create habitat for threatened species such as the Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider
  • Wildlife spotting, including the Threatened Southern Cassowary and Estuarine Crocodiles
  • Rainforest Walk and lookout at Murray Falls inside the Girrramay National Park.
  • Explore the beautiful swimming hole at Babinda Boulders, and learn of the Traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime Story focused on this magical place surrounded by rainforest

Experience Details

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Departs: Cairns
Meeting Location: 8.00am Nomads Backpacker Hostel ‎341 Lake Street, Cairns
Return time: 4 pm Cairns City
Price: $995 per person

2019 Experience Dates

  • Monday 07th to Friday 11th October – Book Now
  • Monday 04th to Friday 08th November – Book Now
  • Monday 25th to Friday 29th November – Book Now


The Cassowary Coast DCE Brochure
Cassowary Coast DCE Itinerary