It’s probably the biggest draw card of the festival. The annual turtle hatching, providing a rare and up close glimpse of nature at work.

Jorja McDonnell reports.


We’ve reached the halfway mark of World Science Festival Brisbane.

And co-founder Professor Brian Greene marked the occasion with a trip to one of its most popular attractions.

Woman: “Amazing, do you think it would be hard to come out of an egg?

Child: “Yeah.”

The professor was joined by students from the nearby school at the Lady Cilento Hospital.

Child: “Hello everybody, hi.”

The annual turtle hatching at World Science Festival is one of the event’s most popular attractions, providing a rare glimpse into this wonder of nature.

It follows all stages of life, from incubation to hatching live at the Festival.

The new born turtles are then released off the Sunshine Coast.

Prof Brian Greene, Science Festival founder: “There are so many celebrations that happen for literature, for music, for theatre, for food, right? How could we not have a public celebration of the very thing that’s gonna have the greatest impact on the future.”

Brisbane has now hosted three science festivals that success has piqued interest from other cities.

Prof Brian Greene, Science Festival founder: “We are in conversation with a number of cities around the world who have looked at New York, looked at Brisbane, and say hey we should do that here.”

The stage is now set for a busy weekend at South Bank, with thousands expected to visit until the festival wraps on Sunday.

Jorja McDonnell, QUT News.