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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 18.5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 49549
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: February 9, 2018

Due to unexpected cancellation we currently have vacancy for the rest of February up to 11 March and then from April 4-15 and from May 10 onwards

Our current needs are for general handyman and help building a generator shed away from the house - or anyone who wants to help with 'casual' labour plus the animal care......

From our recent experience with helpers, most say they should have organised to stay longer than 7-10 days
Latest news:
January 2018: Getting some juvenile Flying Foxes in to prepare for release, possibly a baby White Tail Rat
Two recent additions are a young male Little Red with wing damage and a young female Spectacled with muscle damage in the right arm.
20 Jan: juvenile Long Nosed Bandicoot with back injury, and Northern Freetail micro-bat soon to be released


We run a wildlife rescue centre in the Daintree Rainforest. This is a quiet residence in 45acres of forest which is a nature-lovers paradise (all trees, no lawns) that gives the chance of visiting a premier conservation area of the World Heritage Listed Rainforest.

The property, which is 5 mins north of the Daintree Ferry, is listed with the Wildlife Lands Trust, HSI (Humane Society International), and is of significant conservation value. There are many rare plants in the immediate area and an abundance of local wildlife including Cassowaries, bandicoots, monitor lizards and numerous native marsupials. We have a resident pair of Cassowaries and currently 2 eight month old chicks (as at 28 Jan 2018)

Vaccinated carers particularly welcome, we specialise in Flying Fox care.
It is a requirement for Australian carers to be vaccinated and you will not be expected to actually handle animals unless you are experienced in wildlife care.
If you cannot show us proof of vaccination against Rabies/Lyssavirus (despite our personal doubt about the Government concern) YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE FLYING FOXES (But you will fall in love with them anyway!!)

We are a NON SMOKING property.
NO DOGS allowed on the property.

NOTE: Only Accommodation is provided.
Meals are at helpers cost.
Accommodation is in a comfortable 1-2 bed cabin in the forest, with outdoor deck and shower.
Cooking facilities are available and a small cool box can be supplied.

Please do not use chemical insect repellents (Aeroguard, etc). Not only can it harm the animals but we tend to react to it as well. Plenty of organic/natural repellents are available (eg: Moove) and we can provide if required. Western Australain Sandalwood sticks are recommended, and do not smell as bad as 'Mossie Coils' either.

There is a composting toilet in the main house with shared use. ONLY what you have eaten or drunk can go into it!!! (Plus, of course, organic paper)

Power: All power is 240v by generator or solar boosted batteries. Please note, hair driers use a lot of power and the solar power system will not support them. If you NEED to use a hair dryer, please ask and we will endeavour to run the generator.

We have been asked about 'Rest Days'. Basically we do not have them, wildlife rescue is 24/7 but it is normally quite quiet. Heading out to an injured animal occurs whenever it occurs and cannot be predicted (although Tony does most of this).

In general, there is a frantic hour or so to clean cages in the morning (around 8:30am) and chop fruit - plus about 45mins in the late afternoon (5pm-ish) filling and distributing feeding bowls. We can always work around this if someone wants to do a day excursion or whatever. We really appreciate people coming here who are truly interested in the animals - it also makes their life [the animals] more interesting meeting new people.

Otherwise the day is yours unless you want to help Tony with the regular maintenance and upkeep of the facilities: there is always plenty to do and we really appreciate the help.

Communications: There is limited Mobile Phone coverage. We have an in-house Wi-Fi network.

Woolworths & local traders are at Mossman 45 minutes south. This means that food supplies need to be organised before arrival, particularly if you have special requirements.
Please note, we are a non-profit group, we cannot provide meals for helpers. We only provide private accommodation.

Mossman has a good produce market every Saturday morning.
Port Douglas (1 hour away) has more extensive selection of goods every Sunday.

There is a local clinic run by senior nursing staff.
There are two medical clinics in Mossman and two Pharmacies.
f you have a medical condition that may require attention please note that we are REMOTE. It takes a minimum of 45mins for an ambulance to attend our property (when the weather is good).

Restaurants: there are a couple of good eating places, including a pub, around 15-20 mins away. Lync Haven is highly recommended

Cape Kimberley Beach is a 5 minute drive
Cow Bay Beach is about 20 mins north.
Cape Tribulation is about 45 mins north.

Duties: 2-3 hours per day.
They include cleaning wildlife rescue cages, cutting up fruit and food for animals and filling feed bowls in the evenings.
At times there will be some general maintenance, cleaning or yard work.

We can pick up from Mossman (1+ hours north of Cairns)by appointment. There is also a three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)bus service Cairns/Cooktown that leaves Cairns at 7:00am, has pickups at the Northern Beaches and gets to Mossman at 8:30am, and leaves again at 9:00am. We can pick up from the Daintree Ferry at 9:25am. We recommend purchasing supplies in Mossman and if this misses the 9:00am departure we can pick you up from Mossman depending on our timetable (Enclosure cleaning, etc.). Mossman is about 35kms. away from us (including the ferry crossing).
If you drive yourself, tell us when to expect you and we can arrange for a ferry ticket (otherwise it is $27.00 for a return ticket, $15.00 one way)

Bus Fare with Trans North for Cairns to:
Mossman is $33.30
Daintree Ferry is $36.40

A vehicle (manual gearbox) is available for local use if required (Conditions apply).

Some extra comments:

1. Loving animals and respect for the environment is a must for this type of place. We expect anyone who comes here to really want to experience the rainforest (and it does rain here) and enjoy the environment (despite the challenges). We are fairly easy-going on everything else.

2. This is NOT a commercial venture.

3. The duties are not arduous. There is plenty of time to explore the rainforest, and plenty of rainforest on the property to explore.

4. This is not a party site & we do not do drugs, although alcohol is fine.
It will not suit someone who wants to go out every night. It would particularly suit couples who want some time out or older people (but not exclusively). While longer stays are welcome, short stays may suit some people better BUT there is a minimum of 3 days!

5. Local wildlife expert and Daintree flora experts are available on site. We can also arrange commercial rainforest walks at a reasonable price in the heart of the Daintree World Heritage.

As for the fruit bats, recent studies show they have dialects and individual conversations:

The photos are of the cabin accommodation(2),
A Little Red Flying Fox (Pteropus scapulata) called Blossom and Lexxie bat with 7 week old baby. (May 2017)
Cassowary male (George) and chicks 31 July 2017

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