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Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation
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The Location




  • Getting There

Fly or take a bus to Cairns, Australia.

  • The Location

Currently, there are two sites in Cairns that volunteers work at which are easily accessible by either walking or taking a bus or ferry ride.

One site is in Cairns which is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia located about 1,700 km (1,056 mi) from Brisbane and about 2,700 km (1,678 mi) from Sydney by road. It is a popular travel destination for foreign and local tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a central point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland. It is also a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.

The nearby island where volunteer will spend time with the turtles is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef. A National Park, the island is located 45 minutes by Fast Cat from Cairns. Island facilities include a resort, diving school, restaurant, bar, walking trails, glass bottom tours, kayaking and snorkelling.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities

There is plenty to do on your days off in this diverse region of Australia.

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy. More than 600 tours a day make the most of the year-round outdoor lifestyle while world-class sporting events and festivals embrace the cosmopolitan city's vibrant tropical culture.

Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina and check out the night markets. Take a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths or experience the unique rainforest.

You name it, Cairns and the surrounding area has it - dive sites, Fitzroy Island National Park, off road driving, ballooning, canoeing, cruising, scuba-diving, kayaking, sailing, scenic flights, shopping, skydiving, snorkelling, swimming, bushwalking, rock climbing, wildlife spotting, markets, hot springs, beaches, lakes/rivers/dams, nightlife/clubs/pubs/casinos, roadside stalls, cellar doors, scenic railway, canopy walk, tea plantation, coffee plantation, wineries, skyhigh cable car, lava tubes, kayaking, spas and galleries.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

This compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Whether you want to flirt with adventure or be enchanted by exotic experiences, Cairns and the Tropical North have it all.

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