I am going over to Australia in early November and plan to spend a few months working in Sydney, after that I am very keen to know more about voluntary work in other parts of the country. I have looked on the internet but without much luck, can anyone give me inspiration.
What sort of area of voluntary work would you be looking? If you could give us some more info on what your area(s)of "expertise" or possibility/thoughts would be, then it would be easier to try and point you in the right direction.
Hope you enjoy your time in Aus.
My plans, which are very rough and I don't mind changing, is to work my way up the East coast and then take it from there. I don't have any expertise as such, as I am an office worker, so I would like to do something opposite to that i.e. working in a nature reserve of some kind or with animals. Ideally I would like to do a three or four week stint, and within reason I don't mind paying. I would appreciate any ideas.
Check out the WWOOF guide for Australia (Willing Workers on Organic Farms). If you are truly interested in getting out into the country and experiencing it then it may be what you are looking for. Most WWOOF hosts will expect around 6 hours work for a nights food and board. You will learn lots about living more self sufficiently. It is a great way to see the country and meet great people.
Check the net for further info...
Check out conservation volunteers at http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/
I know the one in Port Macquarie has this house where you can stay while you're there volunteering. The town is an awesome place with plenty of beaches.
I can recommend wwoofing as I have done it myself in Canada, there is also www.helpx.net which I have also done which is the same as wwoofing but has a more interactive website (you can review hosts and volunteers). In some countries it is free to sign up but I think you may have to pay a one off fee like wwoofing in Oz as it is so popular!! Have a great time!