Turtle Conservation

Just off the coast of Mackay, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, lies Avoid Island.  

Avoid Island’s pristine beaches are thought to provide nesting habitat for around 25-30% of the Queensland flatback turtle population. There are no humans, no predators and no light pollution on the island. And between October and January, its beaches become a rookery for flatback turtles, who lay around 7000 eggs each breeding season. 

The flatback turtle is unique, being the only sea turtle to nest solely on Australian shores, making them one of Australia’s iconic species.

QTFN manages Avoid Island as a covenanted Nature Refuge securing critical nesting areas for this great Aussie turtle, but we can’t do it alone.

Ongoing work to protect the island requires investment and that is where you come in. We need the support of the community.  And we need the support of turtle lovers like you. If you could send us a donation today, even something very small, you would be playing your part in protecting this Aussie icon 

Use of Funds


These funds will be used to purchase:

  • QTFN will facilitate turtle research to monitor flatback turtles for one nesting season. 

QTFN facilitates research and monitoring on Avoid Island as part of the Queensland Turtle Conservation Project to better understand the impacts of coastal development and climate change on Queensland ocean megafauna.  

Management and facilitation of research, education and conservation on Avoid Island is self-funded and requires investment and support.  In addition to funding research facilities maintenance and volunteer expeditions, ongoing on-ground conservation activities include controlled burns, weed removal, marine debris removal, habitat restoration, flora and fauna monitoring and surveys.


These funds will be used to purchase: 


  • QTFN will purchase three satellite tracking devices to attach to individual turtles to provide vital information about where this elusive species goes after they leave the island. 

Every donation is important to us – thank you for your support!


Julie Ross

$5.00 October 19, 2019

Adam Dodds

$25.00 June 17, 2019

Turtle Conservation

$30 of $10,000 raised
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Donation Total: $25.00 One Time

Flatback Lover - $25

Be part of the QTFN community and receive regular updates about the positive impact your donation is making to Queensland's marine turtles.

Turtle Lover – $50

Receive a QTFN tote bag and show your friends that you are a nature lover!

Turtle Crusader – $100

Receive a QTFN t-shirt and be a proud contributor to conserving Queensland’s iconic species.

Game Changer – $500

Receive all of the above and a shout-out on QTFN social media, a thank you in our newsletter.

Game Changer 2 – $1000

All of the above and an extra special thank you from QTFN 😊

Ocean’s Hero – $5000

We can’t thank you enough for such a great investment in Queensland’s marine turtles. There is a whole lot of good karma coming your way.