Ecotourism Australia CEO Exploring Cairns

Posted by on 14 May 2014 | Comments

Rod Hillman, CEO Ecotourism Australia, found time after ATE appointments to visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to congratulate them on achieving Advanced Ecotourism Certification.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, located on Fitzroy Island, is a public education facility which enables visitors to learn about threats facing turtles and the turtle patient’s journey to recovery and release back into the ocean. The Centre offers daily Interpretive Tours with entrance by donation.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is only able to continue its work due to the support received from local businesses. Tim North and Jeff Cameron-Smith of Reef Magic Cruises were on hand to introduce "Magic”, a stranded Green Turtle initially rescued by Mission Beach Charters and now sponsored as a patient by Reef Magic Cruises.

Rod Hillman was delighted to see Eco Certified Tourism Operators directly contributing to the protection of turtles via sponsorship, to provide for the food bill of turtle patients.

‘A good example of Ecotourism Australia certified operators working together for a better future!’

For more information on the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or to see how you can get involved visit their website here or email

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