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Turtle Rehabilitation Tours
MEET THE TURTLES
You may find yourself asking, why would turtles need rehabilitation? Truth be told it’s not just for the rich & famous and daily tours to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitaion Centre allow people to learn about not only the history of the organisation but also the journey to recovery that injured or sick turtles undergo whilst at this Centre, prior to their release back into the ocean.
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island (CTRC) is a volunteer operated, non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors.
How to Book a Turtle Tour
Tours run everyday except Wednesday (turtle rest day) from 1.00pm and are 45 minutes in duration. A maximum of 15 guests and are accompanied by a tour guide.
- Cost: $11.50 Adult, $7.00 Child (4-13 years), infants free of charge
Tours only can be booked on the day:
Day visitors via the General Store (next to Foxy’s Bar), Resort Guests at hotel reception. Bookings are nonrefundable. Group and schools tours advance bookings contact us here.
CAIRNS TURTLE REHABILITATION CENTRE
CTRC supports the work of all organisations, individuals and agencies in their efforts to conserve sea turtles and the habitats that they live in. They work closely with a number of these groups including the environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA National Park Rangers who are responsible for bringing the turtles to the centre.
CTRC relies on the generous donations from supporters and volunteers, without whom, would be unable to continue this important work. Fitzroy Island Resort is one such proud sponsor who have supplied full use of their land, infrastructure, materials and equipment, utilities, transfers and man power from its initial construction phase through to the current day-to-day operations. Fitzroy Island Resort has been assisting in the implementation of guided daily tours to the Centre meaning they can now be booked for a small fee that contributes towards the Centres’ mission.
Tours are limited to 15 people so guests are advised to book fast once they are on the island. Ring ahead to double check that its not going to be a rest day for the turtles (a day without tours) on the day that you intend to visit. You can check this with Reception by calling the team on (07) 4044 6700. Just remember that you will only be able to book the tour once you are physically on the island (the tour is booked through the General Store).