Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

QITRC Logo Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is Gladstone’s first permanent marine turtle rehabilitation facility, being fully open and operational since March of 2012. Natural occurences and human interference are a major threat to the marine turtle population world wide, and recent extreme weather events in our region has exacerbated the precarious situation of our native turtles.

With previously no dedicated rehabilitation facility within 500km of the Gladstone Harbour, Quoin Island Retreat owner and island resident Bob McCosker saw a greater service his newly established facility could provide. With many years experience as a volunteer wildlife carer, and the support of Australian Animals Care and Education Inc (AACE), Bob constructed and now runs Central Queensland's first facility.

Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
 consists of multiple containment tanks, a 9 metre swimming pool and a newly constructed treatment and dry dock room. QITRC is licenced to rehabilitate up to ten marine turtles at any one time. The majority of turtles received to the hospital have been green turtles, but the carers have also rehabilitated hawskbill turtles, flatback turtles and even a baby loggerhead!

Registered under the charity organisation AACE, QITRC is 100 per cent locally owned and operated, built by the motivation and initiative of locals with a concern for our marine wildlife. A large portion of centre duties are covered by a team of trained community volunteers.

The establishment of Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre was supported by Bob personally, and since then, corporate sponsorship, fundraising, volunteer support and the annual QITRC Gala Benefit have all contributed to cover the extensive costs associated with running a facility of this kind. The daily costs of food, medication, cleaning supplies, power and water are considerable in themselves, coupled with transportation costs of volunteers and of animals, facility expansions and improvements, surgical procedures and veterinarian bills.
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Have you spotted an ill or injured turtle? 
Please phone 0408 431 304 immediately.


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"If you are looking for the perfect place for your wedding, corporate getaway or just a romantic weekend, Quoin Island Resort is beautiful. Thanks Bob and Julie for making it the perfect spot."
Rhonda Scott, Rhonda Scott Photography

“I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for everything yesterday. Our staff have said this morning that is was the best Christmas party we’ve ever had!! And I agree.”
Natalie Cooper, Managing Director, Cooper McKenzie Marketing – Employee Christmas Party

“Thanks for your efforts on Saturday. It’s a credit to you and all the staff in the way you guys professionally handled the event. Once again, I sincerely appreciate all you guys did to make our Christmas party a ripper!”
Lance Backer, Ocean Tyres – Company Christmas Party

"I really couldn't fault the day at all and found all the activities a great way to develop teamwork and challenge communication styles. Overall value of the day was beneficial and great for team dynamics and development. Any employee would benefit from the opportunity to do this course"
Mel Cope, McCosker Contracting – Team Building Weekend

"With an array of children's activities, not to mention the pool, live music and spectacular food, all in the ambient atmosphere of Quoin Island, the day was an outstanding success."
Robbie Skeen, CEO, Nhulundu Health Service – Healthy Active Community Day

"I want to thank you and all your crew for giving us such a perfect day. I know everyone enjoyed every minute of the day and especially Trevor. The weather even complied and was at its best. The biggest problem with a day like this is how to top it next time. Thanks again." 
Betty Laver – 80th Birthday Party

"My business GTC held a Team Planning Day at Quoin Island Retreat. I just can't speak highly enough about how professionally Richard and his team ran things. Richard had the day running like clockwork, we chose our meals (which were the best quality), had a conference room with water views and we even had the pleasure of feeding turtles, patting wallabies and Boof the dog. If you are organising an event, DON’T go out of town...go to Quoin."
Neville Hughes, Director, GTC Financial – Team Planning Day

“I’d like to thank Richard, Amanda and the team for organising and hosting my amazing birthday party. It was such a pleasure to have someone else do all the planning and hard work. The decorations you organised were amazing with all the special effect lighting and themeing, it certainly had the WOW factor and set the mood from the moment we arrived. We were very impressed with the flexibility with the catering arrangements, food was delicious and presentation superb. Everyone who attended raved about the party. There’s nowhere else that offers what you do."
Julie Churchward – Surprise 40th Birthday Party

“We were thrilled with our wedding experience on Quoin Island, where we were lucky enough to celebrate not just a wedding day, but an entire wedding weekend.”
Lisa and Brent Sweeney – Wedding Weekend

"We had a great experience at Quoin Island Retreat for our company get together for the NRL final. The facilities are family friendly and staff are extremely helpful. All in all a great day was had!"
Jo-Anne Mitchell, FHMJV – Football Grand Final Party