THE HATCHERY: Turtle Conservation Experience (2018)
25 March 2018
Queensland Museum


The annual hatching of turtles at World Science Festival Brisbane is one of our most popular activities, providing a rare opportunity to experience nature’s miracle up close and personal. Designed in collaboration with internationally renowned Herpetologist Colin Limpus, this extraordinary conservation initiative follows the initial stages of life, from incubation to hatching live at the Festival.

The new born turtles will then be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20km off shore.

The Hatchery is open today from:

  • 9:30am to 12:00pm (ticketed entry)
  • 12:30pm to 5:00pm  Last entry is at 4:00pm. (Free entry – no tickets required).

Morning Ticketed Sessions are ticketed

Entry commences at 9:30am daily, then at 30 minute intervals through to the last entry at 12:00pm. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled ticket entry time.  For example if your ticket time is 10:00am please arrive at the Museum no later than 9:50am.

Afternoon Sessions – no tickets required
From 12.30pm to 5.00pm no tickets are required. Entry is via queuing only.  Last entry is at 4:00pm.

Why is entry timed?
Morning sessions are ticketed so that we can manage the flow of visitors through The Hatchery. Once inside you’re welcome to stay up to the end of your session.  Please note there are no pass outs from the exhibition. We recommend planning your trip to the museum with plenty of time to find parking and allowing for possible delays on public transport.

Pram Parking
Due to space limitations, pram parking is compulsory upon entering The Hatchery queue.  There is a dedicated Pram Park facility available at the Whale Mall.  Please go directly to the Pram Park before queuing.

Visitor Information
• All tickets purchased are for single entry.
• Children over 2 years are ticketed.
• Large bags, food and drink cannot be taken into The Hatchery.



Queensland Museum & Science Centre, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Age Recommendation

0 to 100+

Session Times

The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience (2018)

25 March 2018

210mins 12:30pm






THE HATCHERY: Turtle Conservation Experience (2018)


Senior Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Biodiversity Program & Chairman, Animal Ethics Committee, Queensland Museum


The Hatchery is an event at World Science Festival Brisbane that highlights the importance of the Mon Repos Loggerhead Turtle rookery as a conservation and ecotourism success story. The event is overseen by Dr Colin Limpus who runs the Queensland Turtle Conservation Project for the Department of Environment and Science. Dr Limpus is a conservation biologist who is recognised as a world authority on marine turtles. The event is undertaken with appropriate permits and is approved by an Animal Ethics Committee.

Will the hatchlings return to Mon Repos?

After the Festival, the hatchlings will be released 20 km off Mooloolaba into the Eastern Australian Current where this age class of Loggerhead Turtle begins the open ocean phase of its life history. The World Science Festival Brisbane Hatchery activities are within a region where the natural hatchling dispersal for this species occurs. While turtles imprint to the Earth’s magnetic field, the precision of this imprinting is not at a scale that would provide accurate imprinting to a specific small beach. If these hatchlings survive to maturity, they will return to the south-east Queensland coast. It is estimated that only one in 1000 hatchlings successfully completes this journey.

Why is this event important?

The Hatchery plays a vital role in highlighting the important research undertaken by the Queensland Turtle Conservation Project and shows that long-term monitoring is essential for managing marine turtle populations. Find out about the Queensland Turtle Conservation Project

How many eggs will be at the Festival?

The Hatchery will feature 70 Loggerhead Turtle eggs collected from the world famous Mon Repos rookery. More than 200,000 Loggerhead Turtle eggs were laid on the beaches of the Bundaberg coast this nesting season.

Information for Teachers

The most beneficial learning opportunities for students will occur when the associated links to the Australian Curriculum are pursued in conjunction with World Science Festival Brisbane events. Download the Student Workbook and Curriculum Links for the Hatchery.

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