4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium

Bundaberg Southern Great Barrier Reef Queensland September 8th – 10th 2018

The theme for the 4th Australian Marine Turtle Symposium will be “An environment good for turtles is good for us”. Our focus will be on engaging the diversity of professional and non-professional community groups, indigenous communities involved in caring for our country, students and individuals with interest in conservation.

It will be our pleasure to be part of a year of celebration of 50 years of Turtle Research at Mon Repos. Dr Col Limpus first visited Mon Repos as a 5 year old child and it became a family tradition beginning in 1956 to see the new year in at Mon Repos beach. In 1968 Col started a 4 year study of Flatback turtles which got out of hand and is still running. A legacy is being built by Col to instil the love, appreciation and practice to sustain turtle populations in younger generations. His research convinced the Queensland Government to declare waters off Mon Repos a Marine Park in 1990 and assisted in making turtle exclusion devices compulsory on fishing trawlers in 2001. He was honoured with the awarding of the Public Service Medal in 1993.

The 2018 Symposium is to be held at the Bundaberg Regional Council’s recently opened ultra-modern Multiplex Community Centre. It is anticipated that over 150 delegates from all Australian States and Territories and neighbouring countries will attend. An organising committee comprising notable turtle researchers and turtle conservation volunteers from around Australia is organising a program to engage the diverse range of participants as well as members of the general public who wish to attend.

The Qld Department of Environment and Science has offered in kind support in the form of use of facilities at the Mon Repos Turtle Research Base for free camping. It is hoped that sponsors will come on board to enable the Symposium to offer greatly reduced registration fees to enable students, members of indigenous communities and overseas visitors to attend while still providing financial benefit to local businesses and traders. Sponsors will be offered the opportunity for recognition in all publications including registration information, the published “Proceedings of the Symposium” and the website.

Registration is essential for this event, please download the registration form here.





“An environment good for Turtles is good for us”

For more information and to download the registration or sponsorship form please click on the links below.

2018 Registration Form Event History Flyer Sponsorship Request

Please take a look at the PDF files below to download a copy of the proposed timetable and our newsletters.

Proposed Timetable August Newsletter Final Newsletter

* All information provided by Turtle Care Volunteers.