Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

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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 Natalie holmes
    2 years ago

    The experience with the turtles was great. However there was way too many people in each group. That really spoilt the whole night. Otherwise I was very happy with my experience. Would of been happier to pay a bit extra if it meant the group wasn't as large

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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

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 Encounter tours

From November to March, join our expert Park Rangers for a rare and wonderful night experience with endangered marine turtles.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Turtle Encounter Tours bookings open 1 September 2022

What you need to book

  • Get in quickly to secure your night-time Turtle Encounters tours booking. Turtle tour season operates nightly from November to late March. Your ticket also includes access to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales. To book your ticket, please read the details below to ensure you have the best possible Turtle Encounter experience.
  • To access the centre’s interpretive and immersive display area, bookings are required.

No bookings are required for entry to the Turtle Centre, including Milbi Cafe. The centre is open throughout the year for day-time access.

Please ensure you are aware of and comply with current Qld Health COVID-19 directives when you visit.

    Features

    From November to late March, visitors have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night!

    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.

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

    To protect nesting and hatching turtles, only Turtle Encounter tour participants are allowed on Mon Repos beach after 6pm to witness this incredible natural journey.

    Book a spot and join our Park Rangers on a guided Turtle Encounter tour for your chance to see majestic female turtles laying their eggs (November to January) or watch young hatchlings dig free and hustle down the beach (January to March).

    Primary and Secondary schools can also book a Turtle Encounter tour—it is an exciting way for your students to learn about turtles, their conservation and the important turtle research that scientists are undertaking.

    Bookings are essential and can be made through Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.

    Bookings

    Read about tour ticket prices.

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

    • Home to the largest concentration of nesting Loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific, Mon Repos Turtle Centre (near Bundaberg in Queensland) is the most accessible turtle rookery on Australia's East Coast. Loggerheads are an endangered…

      Home to the largest concentration of nesting Loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific, Mon Repos Turtle Centre (near Bundaberg in Queensland) is the most accessible turtle rookery on Australia's East Coast. Loggerheads are an endangered species and successful breeding here is vital to their survival.

    Things to know before you visit

    Turtles are wild marine animals—unlike people they don’t watch the time!

    • A turtle’s arrival can’t be predicted—some nights multiple turtles arrive early, sometimes only a few arrive at a time, and some turtles arrive after midnight.
    • On nights where multiple turtles arrive early, there are enough turtles for multiple tour groups to go onto the beach at the same time for an early night experience. When turtles arrive later, your tour might begin as late as midnight.
    • Expect to wait for your Turtle Encounter tour’s turtle and be prepared for a longer wait if turtles are arriving late—pack a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to carry.
    • Your total visit time for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour can be up to five hours.
    • Occasionally turtles do not arrive or hatch. While this is unusual, we can’t guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings.

    A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounter tour—for some of the evening you will be outside on the beach. Visitors need to be able to:

    • Walk through sandy conditions for up to 1.6km (return journey) at night in natural light or with limited light in some sections.
    • Stand on uneven, sandy surfaces for approximately two hours.
    • Traverse sandy surfaces, including short steep sandy sections on vegetated dunes, and boardwalk ramps.

      Due to the sandy beach, conventional wheelchair beach access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. Beach wheelchair access is possible when accompanied by support people. Please contact the Park Rangers to learn more about beach wheelchair access.

    Turtle Encounter group allocation

    When you book on a Turtle Encounter tour you will be allocated to a group for the entire evening. Be aware that:

    • Turtle Encounter groups comprises of up to 50 people.
    • Allocation of a Turtle Encounter group is predetermined when you make a booking. To ensure your family or social group are in the same Turtle Encounter group, please make one booking for your family and/or social group.
    • Turtle Encounter groups will be guided to the beach by Park Rangers and turtle guides when turtles arrive. Each group must stay together during the event.

    Plan ahead!

    Bring and wear what you need for the best Turtle Encounter experience.

    • Wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach.
    • Bring a jumper or a wind cheater as it can be cold and windy on the beach at night.
    • Pack rain jackets as shelter is limited and umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
    • Bring your own water bottle (a water refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre), snacks and insect repellent.
    • Be prepared for a longer wait if turtles are arriving late—pack a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to carry.
    • Know the light restrictions—it is essential that you pack to minimise light impacts on turtles and follow light restrictions:
      • Light up shoes and glow sticks are not permitted on Turtle Encounter tours.
      • When permitted, only torches of 100 lumens or less can be used.
      • During the designated photography time periods only, limited flash photography, videoing without constant light, and use of devices that do not emit an external light, such as GoPros, are permitted.
      • Dim all mobile device screens and smart watches and store them safely in your bag before departing on your guided Turtle Encounters tour.

    Before you visit, read about:

    On the night

    A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea.

    A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea.

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

    A female loggerhead turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos.

    A female loggerhead turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos.

    Photo credit: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government

    Hatchling turtles emerging from nests on the beach.

    Be amazed as hatchling turtles emerge from nests on the beach.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Arrive on time for your tour group booking.

    While park and volunteer staff patrol the beach for turtles, you can spend time exploring the Turtle Centre to learn more about amazing marine turtles. Your Turtle Encounter tickets include access to the Turtle Centre, Hatchling Hall and Turtle Tales interpretive displays and immersive theatre on the night of your visit. The Milbi Cafe is also open for Turtle Encounter tour participants.

    When the turtles arrive, park rangers will call your group and guide you onto the beach—where the adventure truly begins.

    When your Turtle Encounter tour group is called to go to the beach:

    • Gather your family or social group together and follow instructions from park rangers and volunteer staff.
    • Dim mobile device screens and smart watches and put them away.
    • Always listen to park rangers on the beach and follow their instructions.
    • Keep lights off, avoid sudden movements and remain with your allocated group. Nesting turtles are easily disturbed by artificial light and movement especially when leaving the water, crossing the beach and digging their nests. When permitted, only torches of 100 lumens or less can be used.
    • Wait for your Turtle Encounter tour guide to let you know when you can take photographs—there is a designated time during the viewing when limited flash photography and videoing without constant light is permitted. Use of devices that do not emit an external light, such as GoPros, are only permitted during the designated photography time periods.

    Share your experience

    When you are back in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, if you have been lucky enough to capture a great photo of your turtle encounter, why not post your photo on Instagram and tag #QldParks and #southerngreatbarrierreef.

    Drop by the Turtle Centre information desk after your tour. For a donation you can take home a certificate with information to remember your experience and show to your family and friends. All donations go towards helping marine turtles. There are also lots of other take home treasures that you can purchase from the Milbi Cafe!

    Opening hours, booking information and admission fees

    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours operate from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December). Turtle Encounter tour ticket sales open in September—book quickly to ensure your Turtle Encounter adventure.

    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours operate from 7pm till late, 7 nights-a-week during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December).

    Bookings are essential and can be made through Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.

    Your Turtle Encounters ticket also includes access to:

    • the Turtle Centre, and all the attractions within it, on the night of your tour as part of the Turtle Encounter tours experience.
    • the Milbi Cafe —opens at 7pm till late.

    Before you book your Turtle Encounters tour, please read essential information:

    • Mon Repos Conditions of Entry (PDF, 1.8MB)
    • Things to know before you go—information about fitness needed, what to bring, what to expect.
    • Bundaberg Tourism cancellation policy. Be aware that full refunds may not be available and cancellation fees apply.
    • Due to the sandy beach, conventional wheelchair beach access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. Beach wheelchair access is possible when accompanied by support people. Please contact the Park Rangers to learn more about beach wheelchair access. For further information about access for people with disabilities contact the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours ticket prices
    Ticket Price (single visit)
    Children under 5 yearsFree of charge

    Child (5–14 years)

    $14.80

    Adult (15 years or older)

    $28.60

    Family*

    $68.95

    Concession**

    $14.80

    Primary and Secondary school education group#

    $12.70

    *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

    The Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours start at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Mon Repos Conservation Park, 14km east of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area.

    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.

    Visiting safely

    For more safety information see Visiting Mon Repos safely.