Fitzroy Island

This large tropical island is covered with rainforest and surrounded by a reef system that is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There is accommodation at Fitzroy Island Resort and at the campground. The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is located on the island which is known for its population of green sea turtles. The Cairns Dive Centre has water sport activities and the island can be reached from Cairns on a 45-minute ferry ride.

Hastings Reef

Hastings Reef is a stunning reef and offers healthy corals and colourful marine life, but there are sections which have been damaged over the years by bleaching or cyclones that would benefit from speeding up the natural regeneration process by coral restoration. The new Coral Tree Nursery at Hastings Reef is the first installation on the outer Great Barrier Reef, 56km off Cairns. Together with Seastar Cruises and a group of 25 volunteers, the team has worked over three days to install 10 coral trees at Hastings Reef. These corals should now take around eight months to grow to a size where they can be out-planted to needed sections of the local reef.

The project was seed-funded by Reef Restoration Foundation, Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns Dive Centre, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), Gempearl and the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme. Subsequently, we have received a grant from the National Australian Bank Foundation and sponsorship and donations from Japanese tour operator JTB, education tour company Small World Journeys, health, beauty, and home care supplier Amway and Swiss watch manufacturer Oris that have enabled us to expand the nursery. In-kind support has been provided by the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Possible People, Reef Ecologic, Fortis One, RGG Insights, Holding Redlich, BMT and Ports North.

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