Sea Turtle Conservation

Queensland, Australia



The Experience

Venture into Australia and help a Rehabilitation Centre treat injured and sick marine turtles that are brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and the Cape York Peninsula! Due to mostly human induced factors, the lives of these marine turtles are being seriously threatened including the Green Sea Turtles, Flatback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

To conserve these beautiful sea turtles and their habitat, this rehabilitation facility that was established since 2000, works closely with several conservation groups including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA National Park Rangers. Many of these turtles are victims of a disease called “Floaters Syndrome”, have been injured by boats and discarded fishing gear or have digested marine debris thinking it was food. The Rehabilitation Centre relies on volunteers and donations to keep the project going. The facilities include a pre-release holding facility on an island. Join the team concerned about saving the lives of these sea turtles by nursing them back to health and when they are well, releasing them back into one of the wonders of the world!

This Is Why

  • Help rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles.
  • Have close encounters with the different species of Sea Turtles.
  • Educate the public in the interests of sea turtles and help in the promotion of humane and sustainable practices.
  • Great opportunity to view one of the seven wonders of the world- The Great Barrier Reef!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round (book at least a month in advance and try to arrive on Sundays to start your work on a Monday.)
  • Package Price
    1 week  1,395 US$
    2 weeks 1,095 US$
    3 weeks 2,595 US$
  • 4 weeks 3,295 US$
  • 6 weeks 3,995 US$
  • 8 weeks 4,995 US$
  • Volunteer duration
    1 - 8 weeks (Longer durations avialable on request)
  • Average Work hours
    You will be required to volunteer at least 5 days a week. A typical day involves arriving at the island at 9am and work until lunch. Your afternoons are usually off unless there are other tasks to be done. You will then head back to the boat at 4:30pm. You have the weekends off or any other day you would like to tour once you inform the project in advance.
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Hostel – shared dorm room
  • Internet Access
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: Australia

Where? Austalasia, Queensland

Country Size: 1,852,642 million km2 
715,300 sq mi

Population density? 2.7/km2

Country Famous for? Koalas, Kangaroos, Sea Turtles, Wildlife watching, pristine beaches, vibrant cities, friendly people, Sunshine State of Australia

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Sea Turtle Conservation - Australia
    • Accommodation
      Dorm style accommodation at a hostel. You will have access to the self-catering kitchen, have free Wi-Fi, AC, Ensuite bathroom facilities, balcony or garden terrace, free luggage storage, onsite laundry, free activities and comfy pillows and sheets included.
    • Meals
      There is a self-catering kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and food supplies are available to purchase nearby.
    • Airport Pick up & drop off

      You will be picked up from Cairns Airport.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Australia after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Meals

    Package Price: 
    01 Weeks: $1,395.00 US
    02 Weeks: $2,095.00 US
    04 Weeks: $3,295.00 US


    As a volunteer at the project you become part of team that nurse the sick and injured sea turtles on the island. The project receives no help from the Government and relies on volunteers and donations. Some of the tasks will not be glamorous but you will have a lot of fun. Please remember that the care of these Sea Turtles is your number one priority while at the project. You will travel to the island by boat and help out with several tasks which includes but not limited to:

    • Cleaning and feeding the sea turtles at the facility
    • Preparing the food for the turtles
    • Keeping the tanks clean
    • Cleaning the filter bags
    • Taking part in turtle releases
    • Assist in researches and treatment of the injured turtles.
    • You will learn a great deal about Sea Turtles in general.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 1 weeks
    • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
    • Age: 18+
    • No animal allergies
    • Extreme Weather (heat & cold) especially the heat in the summer.
    • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
    • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
    • Good knowledge of the English
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Work along other concerned individuals and aid turtles that are sick and injured.
    • Expand your knowledge on animal care and help promote humane and sustainable practices in Australia!
    • Great opportunity to view one of the seven wonders of the world!
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Cairns, Australia
    • Area Famous For
      Known as the Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Sea Turtles, Wildlife watching, beaches, waterfalls friendly people
    • When to visit
      All year round
    • Wildlife viewing
      Cairns has great opportunities to view wildlife which includes Sea turtles, Mahogany Gliders, saltwater crocodiles, Kangaroos and Green Possums and much more!
        • Itinerary & Details

          Day 1 - Arrive in Cairns, Australia;
          You will arrive in beautiful Cairns where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

          For 1 week or more - Care for Sea Turtles in beautiful Cairns! For the coming weeks you will have a great time working directly with the team that cares for the sick and injures sea turtles.

          Your last day - you will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through Australia. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country.

  • Accommodation
    You will stay in a dorm style room that sleeps up to 10 persons. You will have big comfortable pillows and sheets, AC, ensuite bathroom facilities, access to a self-catering kitchen, free Wi-Fi and free luggage storage. The hostel is in walking distances to grocery stores, the ocean boardwalk, shops, and the ferry that will take you to your project.


    Meals are not included but you will have access to the self-catering kitchen where you can make your own meals. Food supplies will be available to purchase nearby.


    This project is in beautiful Cairns, Australia. There are great opportunities to enjoy recreational activities on your days off and have amazing tours of the Great Barrier Reef!

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