Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

4.4stars, rated out of 5

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Google reviews for Mon Repos Conservation Park

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 John Nelson
    a year ago

    Our family has visited a couple of times and greatly enjoyed the experience both times, a very worthwhile bucket list item! Be patient when on the beach with your group as you wait for turtles to emerge from the water, this is nature unfolding before you, not just an App you click on for instant gratification. We admire what Mon Repos is doing to conserve these beautiful creatures and will most definitely visit again.

  • 4stars, rated out of 5 Garry Bates
    9 months ago

    Very interesting displays and film presentations. Strong focus and education. Well worth a visit.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Neil Harfoot
    a year ago

    Have been 4-5 times have seen laying and hatching depending on which month.But have seen both on same night in middle of season can be a long night and take a jacket as it can get cool. It’s a great thing to do with the kids or visitors and will be doing it again this coming season with friends from wales can’t wait

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Admin | PurpleCow Digital Marketing
    a year ago

    The turtle encounter is amazing. Something everyone should do in their lifetime! Highly recommend this to anyone.

  • 3stars, rated out of 5 cath Gabel
    a year ago

    Waiting 4-5 hrs, being the last group, too many people in each groups.... could be organized much better to ensure that on the night people get a fair chance of being close to the action. Some groups were on the beach for over an hour having enjoyed hatchlings coming to the surface and travelling to the waters, nesting and helping out with relocating eggs.... other groups not so fortunate to any such experiences....

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The success of nesting and hatchling turtles at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of loggerhead turtles. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Mon Repos Turtle Centre update

COVID-safety guidelines are in place to protect you and the turtles. Please read the Conditions of Entry before you book your visit online. Photo credit: Queensland Government

Be inspired: Turtles, history and a whole lot more: Mon Repos has plenty to offer!

Mon Repos is all about turtles, right? Yes and no. It is home to some of the most amazing turtle experiences on offer, but it also boasts great ‘beachy’ outdoor fun with a dash of intriguing history thrown in. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Learn about the special journey marine turtles and people have taken together before heading off to explore the park and beach.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Daytime opening hours: 9am to 12pm, 7 days a week (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Night-time opening hours during turtle season: from 7pm till late, 7 days a week

Day-time access to Hatchling Hall within the Turtle Centre (includes entrance hall display area and gift shop) is free and does not require a booking.

Day-time access to Turtle Tales within the Turtle Centre (includes interpretive displays and theatrette areas) must be booked online and an admission fee applies. All visitors, including children and babies, must have a ticket booked in their name.

Night-time access is only permitted as a Turtle Encounter tour participant. Do not book Turtle Centre access (including Turtle Tales tickets) when you are visiting as a Turtle Encounter tour participant—your purchased Turtle Encounter tickets include access to these areas on the night, as part of your tour experience.

Daily session times available (closed 25 December and 25 April):

  • 9am to 9:45am
  • 10am to 10:45am
  • 11am to 11:45am

If you are booking a primary or secondary school group visit, please email monrepos@des.qld.gov.au to discuss educational experiences available for your group.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Good hygiene practices are in place and we are cleaning more frequently. There are other temporary changes in line with our COVID plan.

Within the Turtle Centre:

  • Social distancing rules apply throughout the centre.
  • Rooms within the Turtle Centre have maximum capacities that may vary in keeping with COVID restrictions.
  • Some high contact interpretive display touch points have been removed.
  • For seating areas in Hatchling Hall, Immersive theatrette and outdoor amphitheatre: Members of the same family* or social group may sit together, distanced from other social groups.
  • Sanitising stations can be found throughout the centre; please use them.

Protect yourself and others:

  • Don't visit if you are unwell or displaying flu-like symptoms. Rest up at home and visit when you are completely well.
  • Practise social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Make cashless payments.

Please read our Conditions of entry (PDF, 359.6KB) before your visit.

    Entry to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre

    Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, open 7 days-a-week 9am to 12pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Features

    Mon Repos is special! It supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. The success of nesting and hatching turtles at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle.

    At this globally significant site, you can learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them.

    At the Turtle Centre

    The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is dedicated to marine turtle research, protection and education. Here you can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos, immerse in Turtle Tales, browse the gift shop and, in turtle tour season, take a Turtle Encounters tour.

    Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within it have wheelchair access.

    See Things to do in Mon Repos for more information about other activities you can do in the park.

    The Hatchling Hall at Mon Repos Turtle Centre

    When visiting the Hatchling Hall and throughout the centre, follow the COVID-19 safety directions and signs.

    Photo credit: Lauren Engledow, Queensland Government

    Turtle displays at the Turtle Tales experience

    Kids can explore what’s involved in turtle conservation when they visit the Turtle Tales self-guided experience.

    Photo credit: Lauren Engledow, Queensland Government

    Spend an inspiring time at the Turtle Centre exploring 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. Test your knowledge of sea turtles by completing the activities and puzzles by downloading the Turtle facts and fun activities booklet (PDF, 3.8MB) . If you plan to visit the centre, ask for a copy from the reception desk.

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

    See opening and booking details.

    Planning a school visit

    A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, a self-guided Turtle Tales immersive theatre and interactive displays experience and a Turtle Encounters tour is an exciting way for your students to learn about turtles, their conservation and the important turtle research that scientists are undertaking.

    See opening and booking details to plan your school visit to Mon Repos Turtle Centre and organise your Turtle Tales booking.

    Opening hours, booking details and admission prices

    Daytime opening hours: 9am to 12pm, 7 days a week (closed 25 December and 25 April).

    Night-time opening hours during turtle season: from 7pm till late, 7 days a week

    Day-time access to Hatchling Hall within the Turtle Centre (includes entrance hall display area and gift shop) is free and does not require a booking.

    Day-time access to Turtle Tales within the Turtle Centre (includes interpretive displays and theatrette areas) must be booked online and an admission fee applies. All visitors, including children and babies, must have a ticket booked in their name.

    Night-time access is only permitted as a Turtle Encounter tour participant. Do not book Turtle Centre access (including Turtle Tales tickets) when you are visiting as a Turtle Encounter tour participant —your purchased Turtle Encounter tickets include access to these areas on the night, as part of your tour experience.

    Daily session times you can book (closed 25 December and 25 April):

    • 9am to 9:45am
    • 10am to 10:45am
    • 11am to 11:45am

    If you are booking a school or education group, please contact us to discuss educational experiences available for your group.

    Please read our Conditions of entry (PDF, 359.6KB) to the centre before your visit.

    Mon Repos Turtle Tales ticket prices

    Ticket

    Price (single visit)

    Child (5–14 years)

    $9.30

    Adult (15 years or older)

    $13.40

    Family*

    $34.10

    Concession**

    $9.30

    Education group#

    $8.20

    *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).

    #Primary and Secondary school education group price is per person.

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

    Visitors browsing the Turtle Centre gift shop

    Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre gift shop for lots of great turtle themed gifts.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

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

    From the park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, follow Rookery Road for 750m to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

    • If the Turtle Centre car park is full, alternative parking is available at the Mon Repos Road car park and Moores Road car park.

    Arriving by car

    • 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. At the Mon Repos park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, turn left into Rookery Road.
    • 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. At the Mon Repos park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, turn left into Rookery Road.

    Before you visit

    • Bookings are essential, book through Eventbrite.
    • Bring your own snacks and drinks.
    • Drinking water is available, bring your own drinking bottle.
    • Wifi is available in the centre.

    Visiting safely

    For more safety information see Visiting Mon Repos safely.