About the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC) is a non-profit voluntary organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world's seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors. Our rehabilitation facilities are located in Cairns - Far North Queensland, which is where many of the sick and injured turtles that we care for are found.

CTRC supports the work of all organisations, individuals and agencies in their efforts to conserve sea turtles and the habitats that they live in. We work closely with a number of these groups, which includes the environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA National Park Rangers who are responsible for bringing the turtles to us.

CTRC relies on the generous donations from supporters and volunteers, without whom we would be unable to continue this important work. Here at CTRC we are always looking for new ways to work with other parties, so that our combined efforts are not only focused but maximised for the overall benefit of sea turtle conservation.


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Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
P.O. Box 204
Smithfield QLD 4878

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If you'd like volunteer, please get in contact! You can contact us directly for more information or get the process started below. We need some simple information about how we can get in touch and when you might be available so the easiest way to start the process is from the Expression of Interest form. All information is treated as confidential.


Donations are very welcome and will go directly to support the turtles. Donations can be made via our donation form. Would love to add you to our donor list, although donations can by anonymous if you prefer.

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