World Sea Turtle Day Cairns 2018

On the 16th June 2018 Sea Turtle Foundation will be hosting a family fun day on Cairns Esplanade (Muddy’s Lawn) to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day

This event will be a fun packed family event filled with informative talks, live entertainment, family activities, a raffle, school art competition and special guests promoting a love for, and protection of, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and all its inhabitants – including our beloved sea turtles.

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and Far North Queensland gain many benefits from our most famous World Heritage listed asset. Join us to celebrate turtles and the amazing underwater world in which they live.

Stalls from local and national organisations showcasing their work and providing information about how you can get involved in protecting sea turtles and their marine environment.

Talks from

Andy Ridley - Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

Molly Steer - our local anti-straw campaigning hero

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

  • Art exhibition of entries into the school art competition
  • Weaving workshops with local group Junk weavers
  • Origami
  • Screen printing

A day of music provided by some of Cairns' amazing local musicians who love their turtles and the beautiful Cairns environment

The full line-up will be announced closer to the event

Ways to get Involved


Would your school like to be involved in an art competition and exhibition at the World Sea Turtle Day event?

If you are a school class, or a school-aged child with an artistic flair, you can enter find details about how to enter the competition here

Open to both primary and secondary schools in the Cairns region. We can even come to your school to give a presentation on sea turtle biology and/or conservation.

Have a stall

We are offering free stalls to non-profit organisations to promote their marine conservation efforts. Contact us to apply.

Businesses are also welcome to contact us about having a stall to promote yourself to the Cairns and visitor community. A fee will be charged for commercial stalls based on the size and content of the stall.


Sea Turtle Foundation would love to hear from anyone who would like to be a part of organising this event and/or help out on the day.

Become a Sponsor

Would your business like to promote its green credentials?
Do you like to support local community events?
Download our sponsorship package to see how you can support World Sea Turtle Day in Cairns or phone us to discuss different options

More information

Information about speakers and activities will be added as the event approaches

Contact us for more information about the event and how to get involved


Sea Turtle Foundation would like to thank Cairns Regional Council for supporting this event