For more than 200 million years, turtles have been swimming our oceans. Green turtles earn their name from their green shell and skin. They can weigh over 300kgs and lay almost 200 eggs at a time. Instead of warming themselves by swimming near the top of the water, like Atlantic turtles do, green turtles find the best beach and set up for a good old sun bake. Loggerhead turtles are smaller but just as amazing. Like the green turtles, they remember the beach they were born on and will return to lay their own eggs on it as well.
Here are the best places to visit for a true turtle tour:
Over half of the entire concentration of nesting loggerhead turtles in the Southern Hemisphere lay their eggs just fifteen minutes outside of Bundaberg in Mon Repos. It's the premier hatching experience! Watch the magic happen between November and January as turtles lay their eggs, or watch them return between January and March to help the little hatchlings make their way back into the great big ocean they call home.
Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island is one of the most important breeding rookeries for the Flatback turtles that migrate from the Torres Strait to nest here. Venture over from the Capricorn Coast - on cruises available daily - to get the chance to snorkel the fringing reefs.
Lady Musgrave Island
Green and loggerhead turtles have rookeries on Lady Musgrave Island. Take a day trip from Bundaberg or camp on the island overnight.
Tip toe off the beach and straight into a reef. It’s a turtle paradise - green and loggerhead turtles call it home. 20 scuba diving sites around Heron Island invite you to explore and swim with the turtles. Or plan your visit during nesting season (from November to January), when turtles are right on the beach.
Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island is one of the best dive sites in Australia and makes a great nesting place for turtles. They’ll hatch right on the shores of the coral cay.