Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

4.2stars, rated out of 5

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Maria Mohorovic
    3 years 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.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 John Nelson
    2 years 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.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Den Lyon
    4 years ago

    Beautiful unspoilt beach, empty on a September Monday.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Neil Harfoot
    2 years 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

  • 3stars, rated out of 5 cath Gabel
    2 years 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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Loggerhead turtle nesting on the Turtle Encounter Tour. Photo credit: Lise Pedersen © Queensland Government

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

Please be aware the centre does not display any captive, live turtles.

Daytime opening hours: 9am to 2pm, 7 days a week (closed 25 December and 25 April). Milbi Cafe and gift shop is open 9.30am to 2pm.

Daytime access to the Turtle Centre (includes entrance hall area, Milbi Cafe and gift shop) is free and does not require a booking.

Day-time access to Turtle Tales Immersive Experience within the Turtle Centre (includes interactive displays and theatre) must be booked online and an admission fee applies (closed 25 December and 25 April). All visitors, including children and babies, must have a ticket booked in their name.

Nightly opening hours during turtle season: from 6.30pm till late, 7 days a week. Night access is only permitted for Turtle Encounter tour participants. Do not book Turtle Tales Immersive Experience tickets when you are visiting at night as a Turtle Encounter tour participant—your purchased Turtle Encounter tickets include access to these areas as part of your tour experience.

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.

Within the Turtle Centre:

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Please:

  • Stay within your family* or social groupΔ wherever possible and socially distance from other groups.
  • Use sanitising stations found throughout the centre.

Protect yourself and others:

  • Don't visit if you are unwell or displaying flu-like symptoms.
  • Practise social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Make cashless payments.

Please read our Conditions of entry (PDF, 1.8MB) before your visit.

*family group: may include family members who do not reside in the same household.
Δ social group: a group of friends who purchased their tickets in one booking—so they can stay together as one group within their turtle tour.

    Photo of parking bays for Disability parking permit holders close to the Turtle Centre and sealed access paths.

    There are designated parking bays for Disability Parking Permit holders close to the Turtle Centre and sealed access paths.

    Photo credit: Cathy Gatley © 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.

    The Hatchling Hall at Mon Repos Turtle Centre

    Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre—entry is free, bookings and fees apply for the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience.

    Photo credit: Lauren Engledow, Queensland Government

    Turtle displays at the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience.

    Kids can explore what’s involved in turtle conservation when they visit the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience.

    Photo credit: Lauren Engledow, Queensland Government

    Milbi Cafe

    Be treated to bush tucker inspired cuisine at Milbi Cafe.

    Photo credit: Cathy Gatley © Queensland Government

    At the Turtle Centre

    The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is dedicated to marine turtle research, protection and education. Discover the details, the big picture and the people protecting these ancient mariners.

    Here you can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos and during turtle tour season, take a Turtle Encounters tour.

    Spend an inspiring time exploring Turtle Tales Immersive Experience—book your tickets and submerse yourself in the lives of marine turtles, Researchers, Park Rangers and volunteers in our interactive displays and theatre. Relax in theatre and enjoy the story of loggerheads told through film, and light and soundscapes.

    Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within it have wheelchair access, including front row spaces for wheelchair users in the theatre.

    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.

    While in the centre, enjoy bush-tucker inspired cuisine at the Milbi Cafe and visit the gift shop.

    See opening and booking details.

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

    Opening hours, booking details and admission fees

    The Turtle Centre is open 7 days a week, closed 25 December and 25 April.

    Turtle Centre attractions summary
    Attraction Opening times Ticket booking required Fees apply
    Mon Repos Turtle Centre 9am to 2pm No No
    Milbi Cafe and gift shop 9.30am to 2pm No No
    Turtle Tales Immersive Experience (includes interactive displays and theatre) 9am to 1pm Yes Yes

    For Turtle Encounter tour participants only: Turtle Encounter tour tickets include night access to the Turtle Centre (including Turtle Tales Immersive Experience, Milbi Cafe and gift shop) from 6.30pm till late, 7 days a week during turtle tour season.

    Planning a school visit

    A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, and the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience (including interactive displays and theatre) 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. We can tailor a Park Ranger-lead activity to suit your school visit. Contact us by email at monrepos@des.qld.gov.au to discuss educational experiences available for your group.

    Turtle Tales Immersive Experience—day ticket bookings and fees

    Tickets must be booked online and admission fees apply. All visitors, including children and babies, must have a ticket booked in their name.

    Ticket Price (single visit)
    Children under 5 years Free of charge
    Child (5–14 years) $9.55
    Adult (15 years or older) $13.75
    Family* $34.95
    Concession** $9.55
    Education group# $8.40

    *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).

    #Organised Primary and Secondary school education group price (minimum 10 participants) is per person.

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

    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 parks are full, alternative parking is available at the Mon Repos Road car park and Moores Road car park.

    Note: Park access from Nielson Park and Bargara is via Bargara Road, turn right at Bargara State School into Potters Road, right again at Grange Road and then continue straight ahead to Mon Repos Road.

    Read more park access information.

    Before you visit

    • Bookings are essential for Turtle Takes, book through Eventbrite.
    • 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.