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Thursday, November 7, 2002
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If you are keen to hit the water in other parts of Australia, many racing boats look for volunteer crew. Your best bet is to contact your nearest yachting club, find out when their race days are held and turn up to see if anyone needs a hand.

Royal Queensland Yachting Squadron
578 Royal Esplanade,
Manly 4179
Ph: (07) 3396 8666
Fax: (07) 3393 4100

WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)

It costs $50 to join WWOOF and this entitles you to a one-year membership and a copy of the Australian WWOOF book, describing each property, the work, the food and accommodation arrangements.

Ph: (03) 5155 0218
Fax: (03) 5155 0342


  • Western Australia
    Twice a year the Archaeological Society of Western Australia organises digs, usually around June and September. You don't have to be an expert to take part. Contact them at the Centre for Archaeology, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009.
    Ph: (08) 9380 3947
  • Melbourne
    Once a year Clayton Campus at Monash University runs a paleontology dinosaur dig which is open to the general public. The program runs from January to March each year and applications are welcome between April and October the previous year.
    Ph: (03) 9905 1105
  • Tasmania
    The Port Arthur Historic Site runs a summer excavation program which the general public can join in. It runs during January and February each year and applications open September/October in the previous year.
    Ph: (03) 625 12320


Conservation Volunteers Australia also run heritage restoration projects across Australia and are always looking for people to help out. If you are interested phone 1800 032 501 or log on to

Although day projects are free, if the project involves an overnight stay there is a charge of $23 per person a day to cover travel, accommodation and food costs.


Australian Housesitters Directory
PO Box 2280
Gateshead DC 2290
Ph: 1800 502 002
Fax: 1800 502 003

If you would like to be a house sitter you must first pay a registration fee to become a member. Registration costs between $185 to $370 for a 12 month membership depending on which zone/s you select – the more popular the zone, the higher the price of the membership. NB: There is no guarantee that you will definitely be offered a house sitting opportunity during your membership time.

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