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Turtle Research Volunteer

Become a highly trained volunteer who can tag turtles, relocate eggs from at-risk nests & dig nests after hatching to record scientific data.

Training: 7 days at Mon Repos Turtle Research Centre every 3 years during turtle nesting season (Dec - March)

Turtle Spotter Volunteer

Learn how to spot the tracks of a nesting turtle during your beach walks, identify the species from the tracks.

Training: Free local 30 minute briefing with TurtleCare Trainer.

Interested Bystander

Follow us on Facebook & attend public events like hatchings.

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 Lindy Orwin 0478 039 322 for urgent notifications

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

Other sites for reporting an injured animal

Turtle Hatchery - our goal for 2020

Here is a gallery of ideas for a Turtle Hatchery. To be ready for the 2020-2021 nesting season (November to April), We hope to find funding and build at least 1 of these but perhaps 2 at Rainbow Beach and potentially 1 on Teewah Beach as well.

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Materials required

  • Treated logs or 100x100mm square treated timber

  • Security screen mesh (2400 x 1200) with 75 mm holes (to let hatching turtles escape) x 10 sheets

  • Fencing staples large enough to attach the wire to the logs

  • Metal rings suitable for hinges

Sightings and Activities Gallery

Updated gallery coming soon.

We currently have too many photos to post on the page so we are preparing a new gallery.

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 by

Seed Funding Grant

Wildlife Carer's Grant

In the news

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