Feel the need for some social distancing in the outdoors, with nature? Are you looking for a fun, safe activity with your kids? This is a perfect event for you!
On our Koala Conservation Days you will:
- Spend the whole time outdoors connecting with nature
- Experience koalas in their natural habitat
- Help create a new environment for koalas
- Help to maintain Australia's natural forests
- Help us save wild koalas in the You Yangs and the Western Plains
UPDATE due to Covid-19: Please note that this activity is complying with Covid-Safe guidelines. We are no longer providing use of shared binoculars or gardening gloves, and all participants must bring a reusable drinking cup if they want coffee or tea. At this stage, the city pick-up option is very limited.
Please note that face-covering is mandatory outdoors when a physycal distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained. All guests will be thermometer checked upon arriving. Temperature must be equal to or less than 37.3° C to participate in the day. If you don't feel comfortable with having your temperature checked, please contact our team before booking your ticket.
Help us to transplant seedlings for the future of koalas! February is the time to start transplanting seedlings planted in January. Seeds planted in January have now germinated and need to be transplanted into individual pots to grow stronger.
During this activity, you will be given the chance to rotate through different tasks: washing pots, filling pots with soil & transplant seedlings of our koala trees for the year: River Red Gums, Grey Box & Red Box gum trees.
Our team will look after them until they are big enough to be planted by our volunteers in the winter months (June, July & August) around a river near the You Yangs, so that Koala babies can have a home!
Join us on a special edition of our Koala Conservation Days and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Its fun and easy, and everyone can help - no matter how old you are!
Transplanting is very rewarding and requires no experience at all.
We allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this activity, which will be followed by a visit to the Brisbane Ranges with a guide to look for koalas.
Locals: $30 adults, $20 children/student/concession (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Tourists: $120 *
This small donation goes directly back to koalas and allows us to keep doing the amazing research and hands on work we do. The nature experience we provide is educational and unique. For more information about the volunteer costs please read this blog.
The meeting place for the day is Anakie General Store 2153 Ballan Rd, Anakie VIC 3221 at 9:00am, we will then travel as a group to the location of the event. As this location is a private property, please meet us at the designated spot as we do not share the final address.
If you can't get to Anakie General Store we offer a city transport add on to your ticket for $5. The meeting place is The Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane. Pick up time is 8:10am. Please arrive before 8:10am. We may not be able to wait for you if you are running late. Please purchse both a normal ticket and the city transport add on.
* This is a subsidized event for locals, however, we welcome tourists to join and spend a day with locals. Please book the tourist ticket if you do not reside in Victoria.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Transport from the city is available, please book the city transport add on in addition to your ticket. The meeting place is the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane at 8:10am. Please arrive before 8:10am as we do not have too much time to wait if you are running late. Google Maps Link :
Those driving themselves please meet at Anakie General Store, 2153 Ballan Rd, Anakie VIC 322 at 9:00am. Please plan to arrive 5 minutes early as we cannot wait for late arrivals.
Why are tourist tickets more expensive than locals?
This is a subsidized event intended to educate locals (Victorian residents). Ticket prices do not cover costs, but are subsidized to encourage locals. We welcome international and interstate visitors but ask that they pay the true cost of the experience, so that koalas get the maximum benefit from their visit.
Koala Clancy Foundation is a not for profit, fully registered charity. We do not get government grants to cover our costs.
What should I bring?
Drinking water, a hat, packed lunch, keep-cup for coffee or tea, binoculars, camera, gardening gloves, sunscreen and insect repellant. Gumboots are highly recommended during Tree Planting Days (June to August).
Note: due to Covid-19 restrictions you must bring your own gloves, binoculars, food and a drinking mug.
Can I participate more than once?
Yes! We always encourage volunteers to participate in as many conservation days as they can! If you've done the summer activity, why not come back in winter for some tree planting.
If you are planning on coming multiple time consider becoming a member of the Koala Clancy Foundation. This entitles you to unlimited participation in the conservation days for the year and is great value!
Membership prices: Adult $100, Family $200, Student $50. Click TICKETS to see this option or head to our KCF membership page
How can I support from far away?
These days can only run thanks to the generosity of people like you. Your donations are very much appreciated. For $600 you can sponsor the whole day. For $100 you can sponsor a volunteer to plant trees on your behalf. For $50 you can pay for 10 trees. Click TICKETS to donate or go to our KCF website. .
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email us if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
03 9646 8249
Can I update my registration information?
Please email us if your contact details change.
What is the refund policy?
Your ticket is non-refundable.
Are children welcome?
Yes, children of 5 years and over who are able to be quiet around the koalas and enjoy being in the bush are welcome to join but must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I bring my dog/cat/pet?
No, pets are not allowed.
Koala Clancy Foundation incorporated is a not for profit registered charity. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours & Wildlife Research are a mission-driven social enterprise which supports Koala Clancy Foundation.