Turtle Park is categorised as a Bushland/Conservation area.
Bushland/Conservation areas are generally un-embellished and are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. This means they are not accessible for normal recreation purposes, but more for protection of biodiversity and natural habitat.
History behind the name
Named after Turtle Reef, off Cooktown, which was named by Captain James Cook in 1770. Extract from captains log "In the evening the master returned having been seven leagues out at sea...he touched upon one of the shoals the same as he was upon the first time he was out, here he saw a great number of turtles, three of which he caught".