Cairns Turtle Conservation Volunteer

Visit Tropical North Queensland and become a Cairns Turtle Conservation Volunteer at the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre on Fitzroy Island.

The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is a non-profit voluntary organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. CTRC is located on Fitzroy island, a stunning tropical island located a short 45-minute boat ride from Cairns.


The Great Barrier Reef is home to six out of the seven turtle species and CTRC supports the work of organisations, individuals and agencies in their efforts to conserve sea turtles and the habitats that they live in. CTRC relies on the help of volunteers and as a Cairns turtle conservation volunteer your contribution and effort will support this organisation to continue their work to rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles as well as carry out important research, which can then be shared with other turtle conservation rehabilitation centres domestically and internationally.

Fitzroy Island Turtle Hospital

Join our Cairns Turtle Conservation Volunteer program on Fitzory Island. As a turtle conservation volunteer you will help the CTRC team with their daily tasks at the rehabilitation centre such as cleaning tanks, general maintenance, feeding turtles as well as doing beach clean ups for marine debris. This intimate volunteer program will allow you to get an immersive, behind-the-scenes experience working with sea turtles as well as the opportunity to learn from experts in the area of wildlife conservation. 

The program offers week-long placements, available to a maximum of 2 turtle volunteers each week. Each day you will travel to Fitzroy island and assist the CTRC staff with any required tasks. All work is generally carried out by midday after which you have the opportunity to enjoy the remainder of the day on Fitzroy Island or return to Cairns early afternoon to explore the city and surrounding area.


Prices are based on a group of min. 2 persons.

Become a Cairns Turtle Conservation Volunteer and join our unique, immersive conservation program working with endangered species on a tropical island near Cairns surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.

Interested in more volunteering opportunities?

You can combine the turtle conservation program on Fitzroy Island with our 12-day Marine Conservation program on the Great Barrier Reef. Need more turtles? Check out our Turtle Conservation program in Papua New Guinea. PNG is only a short flight from Cairns…