At ground level the NTP’s goals are to:

  • Identify key nesting beaches
  • Monitor populations and assess trends at key index sites
  • Identify the level of threat of feral predation on nests
  • Implement effective protection of important nesting beaches in cooperation with the management agency.
  • Generate and maintain community support for the program and for the conservation of marine turtles and their habitats
  • Educate visitors and the community about marine turtles
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To achieve these goals, the Ningaloo Turtle Program (NTP) specifically collects data on:

  • Successful nesting emergences
  • False crawls
  • Disturbance
  • Spatial and temporal distribution
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Research conducted by the NTP assists management, planning and development agencies along the Ningaloo coast in making conservation based decisions by identifying.

  • Key breeding habitats and providing guidance on the relative significance of these habitats
  • Issues such as fox predation, beach access management, turtle tourism and interpretation/education requirements

Where, When & How Much?

The NTP requires volunteer “Turtle Trackers” to record turtle nesting data along the beaches of the North West Cape (nearest township is Exmouth ) in Western Australia. For specific information please see Dates & Costs.


A Typical Day:

Starting at 5.30am you will spend 4-5 hours collecting data on turtle nesting beaches. Once completed you will have the rest of the day to explore the Ningaloo Coast, join in the laid back lifestyle at Exmouth township, travel inland to some of the spectacular gorges in Cape Range National Park, partake in regular volunteer social activities or catch up on sleep!

Other duties may include:
  • Data entry
  • Remote camping on the Ningaloo Reef and monitoring isolated beaches.
  • Assisting with turtle rescues
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Further Information:
General Contacts


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