Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach areas:

Contact email: Turtlecare@CooloolaCoastcare.org.au

Follow our Facebook group TurtleCare Rainbow Beach

Phone or text :Randy Orwin 0434 281 352 or Joan Burnett 0407 810 510

Other TurtleCare and Turtle Monitoring and Rescue Groups:

If you aren't in the Rainbow Beach or Teewah Beach area, here's a list of all the other marine turtle groups we know about and we are happy to help you find someone who can help.

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Get involved...

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 year during turtle nesting season (Dec - March)

Learn how to spot the tracks of a nesting turtle during your beach walks, identify the species from the tracks and take a photo & submit it to TurtleCare.

Training: Free local 30 minute briefing with TurtleCare Trainer.

Interested Bystander

Follow us on Facebook & attend public events like hatchings and information sessions.

Pictured here: Loggerhead nest hatching on Rainbow Beach 2020
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 project was started during the 2018-2019 turtle season by Joan Burnett.

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

We are always looking for volunteers for TurtleCare on Rainbow Beach and Teewah 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.

Spotted a turtle or some tracks?

Phone or text Joan Burnett 0407 810 510 or Lindy Orwin 0478 039 322 for urgent notifications

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

Other sites for reporting an injured animal

A video about the turtle story

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 are actively seeking funding to build at least 1 of these but perhaps 2 at Rainbow Beach and potentially 1 on Teewah Beach as well. Relocating eggs laid on the beach where they will be inundated by tides (yes turtle eggs drown if they get waterlogged) or driven over by vehicles (as these beaches are designated roads) is vital to saving these species.

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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

Marine Turtle Strandings & Rescues

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


More information about marine turtles

2019-20 Some photos and the data collected

2020 -21 Planning is in progress. Get in touch if you want to be involved.

Turtle nest model

In the news

In the news

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

Supported by

Seed Funding Grant

Wildlife Carer's Grant