Since July last year, bushfires have burned more than 7.7 million hectares of southeast Australia, putting many threatened species at increased risk of extinction and impacted communities across Australia.
Now that fires have burned out in some areas, surviving wildlife and communities face other challenges . There is so much work to do — and this will require ongoing, sustained support for many weeks and months ahead. So what can you do to help?
How you can help Australia’s bushfire recovery.
Book a trip to bushfire-impacted areas
Many Australians rely on tourism to thrive – this year why not get out and explore our beautiful country. Post a pic or share a video telling everyone that you’re off to discover Australia and rebuild bushfire affected communities. Travel to Australia is one of the best ways to help bushfire recovery.
Spend With Them is an Instagram account that directly links you with businesses including clothing labels, surf shops, farms, wineries, distilleries and more, in fire affected communities.
Adopt a tree to help the Koala population
It has been estimated that 8,400 koalas have perished in New South Wales alone while Kangaroo Island has lost over 50% of its koala population.
A variety of organisations are encouraging people to adopt a tree, this may be a Tallowood, Forest Red Gum or Swamp Mahogany, to help provide koalas with fresh leaves to feed on. Trees can be purchased through the Australian Koala Foundation and WWF Australia.
A post shared by Tourism Australia (@australia) on Nov 19, 2019
Help regenerate Kangaroo Island’s habitat
During July and August 2020, Australian Wildlife Journeys is running conservation days where visitors can help regenerate the island’s habitat for the endangered Kangaroo Island Dunnart marsupial and Glossy Black-Cockatoo bird. From tree planting to biodiversity surveys, travellers will experience true meaningful travel on this trip.
A post shared by Kangaroo Island @authentickangarooisland on February 15, 2020
Follow the social initiatives helping bushfire-affected communities.
Get involved with helping communities recover and revive with these Aussie social campaigns aimed at supporting rural and bushfire-affected areas.
- Social initiative @emptyesky encourages everyone to grab an empty esky and head out on a roadtrip to a fire-affected town.
- @buyfromthebush showcases the beautiful things crafted in Australia’s rural communities, particularly those facing drought
- The @stayinthebush Instagram account supports rural communities and accommodation providers by showcasing beautiful places available to stay in the bush
A post shared by Stay in the Bush @stayinthebush on March 1, 2020
Travelling to Australia in the next six to 12 months is one of the most significant ways you can help long-term recovery. Let FBI Travel help you get there. From flights to accommodation, tour itineraries and local recommendations, we’ll provide everything you need for a Aussie holiday to remember.