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Visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
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 talks at 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 Visit to the Turtle Rehab Centre
Talks run everyday from 1.00pm and are 30 minutes in duration. A maximum of 15 guests and are accompanied by a tour guide.
Cost: $12.00 Adult, $7.50 Child (4-13 years), infants free of charge
Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an Adult.
Advanced bookings are recommended. Click here to book now.
If booking your visit upon arrival to the island, Day visitors are via the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub (accessed via the steps to the left of the swimming pool) and Resort Guests via hotel reception. Bookings are non-refundable. Group and schools tours advance bookings contact us here.
Guests must meet at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre 5 minutes before the talk start time and present their booking confirmation.
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 daily talks at the Centre meaning they can now be booked for a small fee that contributes towards the Centres’ mission.
Daily Turtle talks are limited to 15 people so guests are advised to book in advance before their visit to Fitzroy Island.