About Mon Repos
Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. This is the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific Ocean region. Successful breeding here is critical for the survival of this endangered species.
At this globally-significant site you can learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them—visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre (the centre does not display captive, live turtles); discover the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience (including interactive displays and theatre) and have a Turtle Encounter tour for a chance to see living turtles on the beach—a tour like very few others in the world.
The park is culturally significant for the four identified First Nations groups—Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Byellee peoples.
Still standing today, is a heritage-listed basalt stone wall built around 1884 by South Sea Islanders as they cleared rocks to prepare the land for sugarcane crops.
The park's natural features include dune plant communities, Woongarra rainforest scrub remnants, mangroves, a tidal lagoon and rock pools.
The beach and dunes were the launch site for Bert Hinkler's first glider flights in 1912.
Nearby, the basalt slabs and reefs that form much of this coastline provide an ideal canvas for colourful displays of corals, sponges, barnacles and shellfish. This stunning diversity of sea life so close to shore has made the Woongarra coast one of the most popular shore-diving areas in Australia.
- Help protect fragile sand dunes from erosion and protect turtle eggs during the marine turtle breeding season (15 October to 30 April) by staying off the sand dunes.
- Follow seasonal closures for night access during turtle nesting and hatching season. These closures are in place to protect marine turtles:
- Smoking is not permitted at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and surrounds or on the beach.
- Please take your rubbish with you.
- Leave your pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Conservation Park.
- Nesting and hatchling marine turtles are disoriented by bright lights. Artificial lights interfere with their natural habits and instincts, resulting in negative impact on their population. Hatchlings that are attracted to town lights, exhaust themselves and become stranded before they even make it to the ocean. The sky glow from townships interferes with nesting turtles as they prefer dark beaches to lay their eggs. Marine turtles are in trouble—they need our help to survive. For light reducing tips visit the Cut the Glow to Help Turtles Go campaign page.
To report marine animal strandings call the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline on 1300 130 372.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Mon Repos Conservation Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity.
Mon Repos Conservation Park was first declared an Environmental Park under the Land Act in 1990. In 1994 it was re-gazetted as a Conservation Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, including 45ha of beach and coastal vegetation that is vital for marine turtle conservation.
Park Rangers, Researchers, volunteers and First Nations people make significant contributions to park management.
A long-term marine turtle research program that has international significance has been running at Mon Repos since 1968. At Mon Repos Conservation Park, staff protect turtle nests during the nesting season, carry out research and monitoring, and raise public awareness through guided tours where visitors can have the unique experience of watching turtles lay their eggs or hatchlings emerging from their sandy nests.
For over 50 years Mon Repos has been supported by many of community volunteers—they actively fought to have the area protected and since that time have been an integral part of the programs focused on turtle conservation, ecotourism and revegetation.
Future planning for Mon Repos Conservation Park will be developed under the Values Based Management Framework.
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Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Open 7 days-a-week 9am–2pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).
From November to late March the centre is open at night for Turtle Encounter tour ticket holders only—from 6.30pm till late (closed 24, 25 and 31 December).
- Book your Mon Repos Turtle Encounters tour through Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.
- Book your day ticket for Turtle Tales Immersive Experience (includes interactive displays and theatre areas within the Turtle Centre) through Eventbrite
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The majority of both nesting and hatching turtle activity occurs at night; disturbances and danger from predators, both on land and at sea, is lowest under the cover of darkness. This makes turtles vulnerable to disturbance and disorientation from artificial lights.