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Conservation tourism experiences in NSW

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Nurture NSW wildlife on a conservation-based tourism experience.

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Conservation tourism
experiences in NSW

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley CREDIT: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Nurture NSW wildlife on a conservation-based tourism experience.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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New South Wales is full of wild and wonderful experiences for nature lovers, including some special ways that you can help to conserve the environment and wildlife while enjoying a fun day — or night — out. Here are six meaningful options. 

Visit a koala sanctuary  

Admire adorable koalas from an elevated pathway at the Koala Sanctuary Port Stephens, where tourist visits help to support its work caring for sick, injured and orphaned koalas. The eight-hectare Port Stephens sanctuary is about three hours north of Sydney and includes a hospital with intensive care units. If veterinarians are working to save a koala you can watch through a large viewing window. You can even spend the night in one of the sanctuary’s glamping tents.  

In Port Macquarie, less than three hours north of Port Stephens, visits to the Koala Hospital also support the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured koalas. Take a tour of the hospital and see koalas being cared for, including joeys in humidicribs when there are koala babies that need human help. 

Support Tasmanian devils  

Join one of Aussie Ark’s Devils in the Wild tours in Barrington Tops, around six hours north of Sydney, and see the breeding program that’s helping to save endangered Tasmanian devils. Since starting with 44 devils in 2011, Aussie Ark has bred over 300 healthy joeys. You can learn all about the program and how you can help on their bimonthly escorted tours. Aussie Ark partners with the Australian Reptile Park near Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast, where you can also see Tasmanian devils and get up close to a menagerie of other Aussie critters.  

Choose a getaway that protects the environment  

As a guest of the luxurious Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, you can join group conservation sessions including programs to help bushland recover from fires. Add mulch to vulnerable areas of land, plant seedlings raised from seeds collected by previous guests, help with habitat assessment or join a wombat survey.  

Meanwhile, on the Central Coast, you can sleep in a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to saving the brush-tailed rock wallaby at Waterfall Springs Retreat & Wildlife Sanctuary in Kulnura, a 70-minute drive north of Sydney. See rock wallabies and kangaroos in the sanctuary and other native wildlife on a late-afternoon bushwalk.  

Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

Resident koala at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.

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Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

Resident koala at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.

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Morning mist passing through Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley CREDIT: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Morning mist passing through Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

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Join a clean-up paddle 

Leave the waterways of NSW in better condition than you found them by picking up litter while you enjoy them. On a Clean-up Kayak Tour of Sydney Harbour with Sydney By Kayak, you’ll use litter-picker sticks to help fill buckets with plastic and other rubbish as you paddle.  

You can also take part in a Strawkle (snorkelling-based clean-up) with Operation Straw at Manly Cove on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. So far, Operation Straw volunteers have removed more than 4,800 plastic straws and other pieces of plastic from the sea, and if you can’t make it to Manly you can also host your own Strawkle with the help of its free guide

Learn about caring for Country from Traditional Custodians 

Find out how to care for the land from the people who have been its custodians for tens of thousands years. On a two-night Yuin Retreat with Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, you’ll be given access to cultural knowledge that has been handed down through generations by the Yuin people of the far South Coast, and much more.  

In Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region of southwestern NSW, you can join Wiradjuri man Mark Saddler on a Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge tour along ancient pathways to learn how his people have cared for this corner of the NSW Riverina.  

And Kamilaroi man Len Waters, of Len Waters Aboriginal Cultural Tours in Tamworth, is also passionate about sharing how Kamilaroi people have traditionally lived in harmony with the natural environment in the New England region of northern NSW.  

Sign up for a volunteering experience  

Volunteer to help native animals, birds and plants through the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Threatened Species Volunteering program. Join a glossy black cockatoo survey, help out on a green sea turtle watch, or be a part of the South Coast shorebird recovery program. Projects range in commitment time from a couple of hours to a weekend, or you can volunteer to be part of a project that continues over several months. 

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Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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Kayaking, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

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Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Tours guide Mark Saddler sharing his knowledge with tourists in Wagga Wagga.

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Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bundyi Aboriginal Cultural Tours guide Mark Saddler sharing his knowledge with tourists in Wagga Wagga.

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