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About Mon Repos

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More park information is available in our trial Mon Repos Conservation Park page.

Getting there and getting around

Boardwalks provide access to the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Boardwalks provide access to the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Beach view, Mon Repos Conservation Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Beach view, Mon Repos Conservation Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos is about 4hr 30min drive north from Brisbane; 15min east of Bundaberg; and 10min from Bargara. Train, bus and plane transport is available to Bundaberg.

Car parks are provided at the end of Mon Repos Road (southern park entrance) and at the end of Moores Road (northern park entrance).

Visitors can walk or bike to Mon Repos on the Turtle Trail. This trail provides access from Kellys Beach in Bargara, through the conservation park and on to Burnett Heads Harbour.

Night access during turtle nesting season

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from 15 October to 30 April access to some areas of the park is not permitted between 6pm and 6am. This affects public access to the beach, the Mon Repos coastal track and the Turtle Trail.

Mon Repos turtle watching tours Turtle Encounters operate from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre 7pm nightly from November to late March. Bookings are essential and fees apply.

Arriving by car for Turtle Encounters: Follow the signs to the car park at the end of Mon Repos Road, just south of the park. From here shuttle buses will take you into the park for your Turtle Encounters experience.

  • From Bundaberg: Follow the signs to Bargara along Bargara Road. At Bargara Primary School turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs to the car park.
  • From Bargara: Travel along Bargara Road, following the signs to Bundaberg. At Bargara Primary School turn right into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs to the car park.

Evening bus services during turtle nesting season

A small number of companies provide bus transport to Mon Repos Turtle Encounters in the evening during turtle nesting season. Contact Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre for details.

Wheelchair accessibility

Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within it have wheelchair access. The Turtle Trail is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.

Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. When booking Turtle Encounters please let the booking agent know if anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales.

Park features

This historic basalt stone wall was built by South Sea Islanders and can be viewed from the Turtle Trail. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

This historic basalt stone wall was built by South Sea Islanders and can be viewed from the Turtle Trail. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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; discover the Turtle Tales immersive theatre and interactive display experiences; and have a Turtle Encounters like very few others in the world.

The park's features also include Woongarra rainforest scrub remnants, mangroves, the site of Bert Hinkler's first glider flights, a tidal lagoon, rock pools and a historic basalt stone wall built by South Sea Islanders who were brought to Queensland from the 1880s to work in the sugar industry.

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.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

To protect this small park’s significant conservation values, camping is not permitted in Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Nearby accommodation

There is a range of camping, caravanning and other accommodation options in Bargara and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Visitors participating in Turtle Encounters at Mon Repos. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Visitors participating in Turtle Encounters at Mon Repos. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre has stories to delight all ages. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre has stories to delight all ages. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Discover hidden creatures along the shoreline. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Discover hidden creatures along the shoreline. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The park is a quiet retreat where you can walk along the beach on Mon Repos coastal track, take a bike ride, walk or run along the Turtle Trail, explore rock pools and snorkel in the marine park on the fringing reef.

Many people visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre to witness one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles by participating in Turtle Tales and Turtle Encounters. From November to late March each year you can take a Turtle Encounters tour for a chance to see nesting sea turtles on the beach at night from (November to January) and hatchlings emerging from nests (January to March).

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is dedicated to marine turtle research, protection and education. At Mon Repos you can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos.

Spend an inspiring hour or more exploring Turtle Tales, browse through our gift shop after a walk through this peaceful conservation park.

Opening hours.

Mon Repos Turtle Tales

Submerse yourself in the lives of marine turtles, researchers and rangers in our new immersive theatre and interactive displays.

Relax in the theatre and enjoy the story of loggerheads told through film, and light and soundscapes.

Kids, have fun exploring the tools and techniques used to look after our turtles in the Junior Discovery zone.

Discover the details, the big picture and the people protecting these ancient mariners.

Opening hours and ticket prices.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

Witness an ancient life cycle of the animal kingdom, as majestic marine turtles make their journey to the shore to lay their eggs. Delight at the sight of their young, hatching a few months later, and making their tenacious journey to the sea.

Every year, from November to late March, you can join Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a guided tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.

Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre page for a complete guide to the turtle nesting season and information to plan your Turtle Encounters experience

Bookings are essential—limited numbers of tickets are available. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Opening hours and ticket prices.

Walking and cycling

Explore the park by walking the Mon Repos coastal track and the Turtle Trail—a shared trail for walkers and bicycle riders. Tracks and trails through Mon Repos Conservation Park are open during daylight hours (between dawn and dusk).

Track standards

Easy walking trackGrade 2 walking track: The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have gentle hill sections and occasional steps. No bushwalking experience required.

Easy cycling trackEasy bike trail: Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Suitable for beginner bike riders.

Easy walking trackMon Repos coastal track

Distance: 4.5km return
Time: allow 2hr
Details: This walking track leads north and south from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and explores the park behind the dunes on a leafy path. Take drinking water with you (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre) and wear sunscreen. Insect repellent is recommended.

This track's features include saltpans, a tidal lagoon, freshwater ponds, mangroves, remnants of Woongarra rainforest, and coastal scenery. A wide variety of habitats make this park a great place for seeing birdlife, tidal wildlife and other animals.

View the heritage listed stone wall that is about 1.5m tall and extends inland for 1.58km. South Sea Islanders built the wall around 1884 as they cleared rubble from the cane fields. Many similar walls once stood in the district, but only six exist today.

Seasonal closure: To protect nesting and hatching turtles, this walking track is closed between 6pm and 6am from 15 October to 30 April.

Easy walking trackEasy cycling trackTurtle Trail

Details: The Turtle Trail travels through Mon Repos Conservation Park as part of the 7.7km Bundaberg Regional Council's Turtle trail walking and cycling track—a scenic trail that winds along Woongarra coast, linking Bargara to Burnett Heads.

This wide, sealed trail is suitable for assisted wheelchair access, prams, walkers, runners and cyclists.

Seasonal closure: To protect nesting and hatching turtles, the Turtle Trail is closed between 6pm and 6am from 15 October to 30 April.

Beach recreation

Swimming is not recommended at Mon Repos Beach as it is not patrolled by Queensland surf lifesavers. Swim at nearby patrolled beaches—visit the Bundaberg Regional Council’s website for information about other patrolled beaches in this region.

Enjoy your beach recreation and help reduce hazards for turtles and visitors by:

  • flattening large sandcastles and filling in any holes you create before you leave
  • staying off the sand dunes to protect turtle eggs during the marine turtle breeding season (15 October to 30 April) and fragile sand dunes from erosion.

Seasonal closure: From 15 October to 30 April, Mon Repos beach is closed to public access from 6pm to 6am for turtle conservation purposes. Read more about the Mon Repos Designated Area.

Boating

The coastal waters adjacent to Mon Repos Conservation Park, Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliot Heads are within the Great Sandy Marine Park. Before you go boating, please ensure you are aware of the marine park zones and the management provisions.

See Great Sandy Marine Park for more information.

Read about how boaties can help protect marine life.

Things to know before you go

Spend some time learning about sea turtles in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Spend some time learning about sea turtles in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

To enjoy your walk make sure you wear suitable clothing and carry drinking water. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

To enjoy your walk make sure you wear suitable clothing and carry drinking water. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • footwear suitable for wearing in a sandy beach environment
  • sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt
  • adequate drinking water (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre) and snack food
  • insect repellent and a first-aid kit

For Turtle Encounters tours:

  • Wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach.
  • Pack rain jackets as shelter is limited and umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
  • Bring a jumper or a wind cheater as it can be cold.
  • Bring your own drinking water (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre), snacks and insect repellent.

Opening hours

Mon Repos Conservation Park is open 24 hours a day all year round.

Seasonal closures: from 15 October to 30 April access to some areas of the park is not permitted between 6pm and 6am to protect nesting and hatching turtles. This affects public access to the beach, the Mon Repos coastal track and the Turtle Trail.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Open 7 days-a-week 9am–4pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Mon Repos Turtle Centre gift shop
Open 7 days-a-week 9am–3pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Mon Repos Turtle Tales
Operates 7 days-a-week, 9am to 4pm; ticket sales close 3pm (closed 25 December and 25 April). Purchase tickets at the Turtle Centre reception.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters
Operates 7 nights-a-week during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December). Turtle Encounters ticket holders also have access to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales (7pm till late), and the gift shop (7pm–11pm) during the evening of their Turtle Encounter. Bookings are essential and can be made through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.

Permits and fees

Entry to Mon Repos Conservation Park is free year round with the exception of fee paying activities:

*For Turtle Encounters, please be aware that:

  • A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounters tour. Visitors need to be able to:
    • Walk up to 1.6km at night in natural light or with limited light in some sections.
    • Stand on uneven surfaces for approximately one hour.
    • Traverse sandy surfaces including short steep sections on vegetated dunes, and boardwalk ramps.
  • You may need to wait for several hours at the Turtle Centre before going onto the beach. Your total visit time for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters can be up to six hours.
  • Occasionally turtles do not arrive. While this is unusual, we can’t guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings.
  • Turtle Encounters ticket holders also have access to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales (7pm till late), and the gift shop (7pm–11pm) during the evening of their Turtle Encounter.
  • Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. When booking Turtle Encounters please let the booking agent know if anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales.
Mon Repos Turtle Tales ticket prices
Ticket Price (single visit)
Child (5–14 years) $9
Adult (15 years or older) $13
Family* $33
Concession** $9
Education group# $8
Turtle Encounters ticket prices
Ticket Price (single visit)
Child (5–14 years) $14
Adult (15 years or older) $27
Family* $65
Concession** $14
Education group# $12

*Family is a group of up to 4 related people, comprising of 2 adults and 2 children.

**Concession—a person is eligible for a ‘card’ concession if they have:

  • a Centrelink issued Commonwealth Seniors Health card, Health Care card or Pensioner Concession card
  • a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold, White or Orange DVA card
  • a secondary school official student photo ID card
  • a full-time student card from a tertiary institution (TAFE or University).

#Education Group rate is available to Primary and Secondary school groups, price is per person.

Thank you—when you purchase a ticket, you are contributing to the conservation of marine turtles.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Conservation Park. Penalties apply to people who bring domestic animals into the park.

Climate and weather

Mon Repos Conservation Park has a mild subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Bargara, Burnett Heads and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Never walk alone; always walk with a group or in sight of another group.
  • Carry a mobile phone.
  • Wear suitable footwear and clothing for the activities you choose.
  • Stay on the walking track and shared trail.
  • Swimming is not recommended at Mon Repos Beach as it is not patrolled by Queensland surf lifesavers. Swim at nearby patrolled beaches—visit the Bundaberg Regional Council’s website for information about other patrolled beaches in this region.
  • Thieves use Mon Repos Conservation Park too! While visiting the park, please ensure that you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables. Do not leave valuables unattended.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Hatchlings can become disorientated by bright lights, find out how you can help. Photo: Queensland Government.

Hatchlings can become disorientated by bright lights, find out how you can help. Photo: Queensland Government.

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

Park management

The area now within Mon Repos Conservation Park was 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. It includes 45ha of beach and coastal vegetation.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

36 Avenue Street, Bundaberg
PO Box 930, Bundaberg QLD 4670
ph (07) 4153 8888
fax (07) 4151 2527

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Open 7 days-a-week 9am–4pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).
Phone: (07) 4159 1652

Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

Visitor reviews

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5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Brilliant what an experance. Probably highlight of holiday. Just a joy.

—Joe Denney

5 out of 5 stars10 months ago

A fascinating beach that changes so much as you walk it. Starting as golden sand at one end, moving through to shellgrit then pebbles and finally volcanic rock. Beautiful.

—Maria Mohorovic

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Last updated
20 November 2019