Of the six species of marine turtle that are found in Australian waters, five are found along the Pilbara coast, including the green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. There are only a few large nesting areas for these species in the world and the Dampier Archipelago is home to one of the largest. Port Hedland's Cemetery Beach and Eighty Mile Beach are two areas renowned for turtle nesting in the Pilbara. Eco Beach in the Kimberley is another accessible location to view the special event of turtle nesting.
Discarded fishing nets and other debris are a significant threat to turtle populations, as well as other marine species such as dolphins and whales. Please take care when using our beaches and waterways and remember to take your rubbish with you.
For more information about where you can view these amazing creatures, see the turtle nesting section Contact your local Visitor Centre for detailed information on this amazing event.