Turtle Hospital

The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital provides a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated.

The hospital operates under, and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate) philosophy, playing a key role in raising community awareness in relation to threatened species & encouraging behavioural change that contributes to nature conservation.

The turtle hospital was officially opened on the 24 August 2009 by the honourable Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts.

Marine Turtles are long-lived, slow growing and late maturing. Despite protection marine turtles face a number of threats:

  • Fishing nets, lines and hooks – Please take all your fishing tackle home.
  • Boat Strikes – ‘Go slow for those below’ and keep an eye out for turtles.
  • Litter - Turtles and other sea creatures mistake it for food.
  • Plastic Bags - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

To report marine animal strandings call the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline on 1300 130 372.

How to make a big difference -

Donations to the turtle hospital are always welcome and can be made either online via our Reef HQ Turtle Hospital ‘MyCause’ website, or by contacting the Reef HQ Aquarium team. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Philanthropic receipts are available.

Further information

To contact Reef HQ Aquarium:


  • (Inside Australia) 07 4750 0800
  • (Outside Australia) +61 7 4750 0800

Alternatively, please use our contact form available here.

Last updated: 22/04/20