2019 Nesting turtle, Rainbow Beach

Cooloola Coastcare monitors local marine turtle activity in a project called TurtleCare.

Volunteers monitor turtles nesting on the beaches north and south of Rainbow Beach and assist with rescuing stranded and injured turtles.

This started during the 2018-2019 turtle season.

Do you walk along Rainbow Beach in the mornings on a regular basis?

We are looking for volunteers for TurtleCare on Rainbow Beach from October to March. Training is provided at no cost.

While you are walking in the early morning, you can be looking for turtle tracks or hatchlings and reporting them to our project leader. Even sightings of dead turtles or egg shells are useful data for our research.

Phone or text Joan Burnett : 0407 810 510

or email the Coordinator@CooloolaCoastcare.org.au for any queries or if you can join in local turtle monitoring.

Other sites for reporting an injured animal

Latest Sightings and Activities

December 2019



13 December 2014

Nest on path at Rainbow Beach swimming area



The 'Mountaineer' Green Turtle








Hawksbill Rescue

Juvenile transported to the Animal Hospital for treatment.

December 2019

Rescue attempt of nest of turtle eggs during Cyclone Oma

February 2019

Sick floating marine turtle rescue

Taken to Sea Life Mooloolaba for treatment


Turtle Strandings

  • 2019-08-03 Turtle stranded at Bullock Point (Deceased)
  • 2019-07-28 Turtle floating in Wide Bay Bar (Unable to locate)
  • 2019-07-28 Turtle trapped in Crab Pot (Successful rescue by a volunteer)
  • 2019-xx-xx Rescue of floating turtle. Transported to Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital. (Deceased)
  • 2019-01-xx Report of deceased turtle Inskip Point

Turtle nest model

Supported with a Seed Grant from the Australian Citizen Science Association

In the news

Cooloola Coastcare's TurtleCare article on the Australian Citizen Science Association blog