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Australian Forest Wildlife

Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia

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The Location

  • Getting There

Fly to Melbourne or Sydney, Australia. From Melbourne take a train/bus to Beechworth. From Sydney take a regional flight to Albury then a bus to Yackandandah. O2E will organise your transfer to the project.

  • The Location

Albury is located on the magnificent Murray River in Victoria Australia where whistle-blowing paddle steamers travelling back and forth used to transport goods between rapidly growing towns and cities. A blend of city style and country pace with historical and contemporary attractions, art and adventure can be found with fine dining opportunities, historic pubs, busy clubs and stylish cafés occupying its streets.

The area is known as Bungambrawatha, or homeland, by the Wiradjuri people, the Aboriginal people who first settled here. Speaking many different languages and dialects, they would perform corroboree, initiation and marriage ceremonies, share stories, exchange knowledge and skills, hunt and eat along the banks and around the billabongs of the Murray.

The river and surrounding hills and valleys have preserved the sites and artefacts of this rich ancient life in a living museum. The rock carvings of Yeddonba, just outside of Chiltern, the Duduroa people’s rock painting of the Tasmanian Tiger at Mt Pilot, and Table Top massive, a place believed to be of great spiritual meaning, are just some of the many wonderful experiences to be found.

The shelter is located in Stanley State Forest, a beautifully preserved natural bush land overflowing with lush, green vegetation and magnificent wildlife. Rich in history and in natural resources (granite, gold, clay & sparkling spring water), this thriving region is built upon the solid values and vision of its pioneers and miners. Home to many talented artists and artisans from around the world, it is brimming with arts, crafts & antiques and has earned an impressive reputation for its spectacular annual festivals and events.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities

You will not have a lot of spare time at this project as it is a very busy shelter with rescues coming in almost daily. Many volunteers only venture into town on a few occasions as transport is only provided when there are errands to run. Just speak to staff about free time will be dictated by the workload. As it is possible that you may not get to do much sightseeing in the area while on your placement, you may wish to stay on in the area after you leave the project. There are many interesting things to do in the surrounding forests and towns and you don’t have to go far to experience the best this region has to offer.

Hire a car and take the Forest Drive, where you can still see mine shafts and tunnels dotted through the trees. To the northwest is the spectacular Beechworth Forest, resting on the foothills of the Victorian Alps.

Get your Miners Rights at the Visitor Centre and try your hand at gold prospecting. Who knows, you might get lucky!

Book a guided tour of an underground gold mine dating back to 1867, pick fresh strawberries or walk through cascading waterfalls and rugged countryside.

You are only a few hours from Melbourne and Sydney so take in the sights of a big city or hit the coast for some rest and relaxation after your stay at the shelter.