The Hatchery
20-24 March 2024
10:30am - 4:00pm



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World Science Festival Brisbane’s hugely popular annual turtle hatching offers a rare opportunity to witness nature at its finest, while learning about a real-world conservation initiative that has been crucial to the survival of Australia’s precious Loggerhead turtles. Visitors will get a rare glimpse of turtles hatching in incubation chambers and their first foray into an ocean environment in specially designed seawater tanks.

This initiative is designed in collaboration with internationally renowned herpetologist Colin Limpus and Queensland Museum Senior Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Biodiversity Program and Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee, Patrick Couper.

After the festival, the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 kilometres offshore.

The Hatchery will be live streamed from Wednesday to Sunday. Watch the live stream here.


Patrick Couper

Patrick Couper


Patrick Couper

Patrick Couper is the Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians at Queensland Museum and has an active research interest in the taxonomy, ecology, biogeography and conservation of Queensland’s diverse reptile fauna....

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Colin Limpus

Colin Limpus


Colin Limpus

Colin Limpus is Chief Scientist and a leading researcher for the Threatened Species Unit in the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. He is a world expert in...

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Session information
Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled ticket entry time. For example, if your ticket time is 11am please arrive at the Museum no later than 10.50am.

Large bags, food and drink cannot be taken into The Hatchery.

Personal photography without flash is permitted.

Extra Resources

The Hatchery Information Brochure

Learn about the Loggerhead Turtle and it’s environment, as well as where the baby turtles come from and where they go after WSFB.




Level 4, Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Age Recommendation

All Ages

The Hatchery

20 Mar 24 ~ 24 Mar 24

30 mins



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