Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

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  • 5 John Nelson
    2 months 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.

  • 5 Admin | PurpleCow Digital Marketing
    3 months ago

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

  • 5 Neil Harfoot
    8 months 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

  • 3 Natalie holmes
    9 months 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

  • 3 cath Gabel
    10 months 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

Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours

Don’t miss the chance to join our expert Park Rangers for a rare and wonderful experience with endangered marine turtles.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (flush)

Turtle Encounter Tours update 27 November 2020

For everyone’s safety, and in line with the park’s COVID plan:

  • Visitor numbers have been reduced for the Turtle Centre and Turtle Encounter tours for the upcoming season.

Important information:

  • Turtle Encounter tour bookings are now open.
  • Book early and book your family* or social groupΔ as one booking
    • *family group: may include family members who do not reside in the same household.
    • Δsocial group: a group of friends who purchased their tickets in one booking—so they can stay together as one group within their turtle tour.
    • social distancing rules apply between groups.
  • Nightly visitor numbers are restricted to maximum of 100 people at a time.
  • Turtle Encounter Tours groups are being kept to around 20 people/tour.
  • Arrival times will be staggered to ensure no crowding at entry:
    • Groups 1 and 2 arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm check in
    • Groups 3 and 4 arrive at 7.15pm for check in
    • Group 5 arrive at 7.30pm for check in
  • Turtle Tales and Immersive theatrette rooms: limited to 20 people at a time.
  • Hatchling Hall: limited to 100 people at a time.
  • Hatchling Hall, Immersive theatrette and outdoor amphitheatre: Members of the same family* or social group# may sit together, distanced from other social groups by 1.5m.
  • Primary and secondary school classroom group only tour—maximum of 50 students, plus required ratio of supervisors.

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

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.

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...

    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.

On the night

A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea.
A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea.

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

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

Photo credit: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government

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

Photo credit: Queensland Government

Arrive on time for your tour group booking. Arrival times are staggered as part of COVID social distancing measures:

  • Groups 1 and 2 arrive at 6:45pm for a 7pm check in
  • Groups 3 and 4 arrive at 7:15pm to check in
  • Group 5 to arrive at 7.30pm to check in

Turtles are wild marine animals, you may need to wait for several hours for a turtle to arrive before going onto the beach for your tour. Your total visit time at Mon Repos can be up to five hours.

While park staff search the beach for turtles, take the time to enjoy the interpretive displays, immersive theatre and browse through the gift shop.

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

Occasionally turtles do not arrive—while this is unusual, we can’t guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings.

For the best experience

Rangers want to provide you with the most memorable experience while looking after the turtles.

  • Plan ahead so you bring and wear what you need to make the most of your Turtle Encounter experience.
  • Be prepared for a longer wait if turtles are arriving late—pack some extra food, drinks and a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to pack.
  • When packing, be aware that light up shoes, glow sticks and umbrellas are not permitted on night-time Turtle Encounter tours.
  • Please be patient—turtles don’t have watches and may arrive any time after dark.
  • Before you visit, read about the Cut the Glow program to understand why there are artificial light restrictions during Turtle Encounter tours to protect endangered marine turtles and learn how you can help protect marine turtles.
  • When your Turtle Encounter tour group is gathered to go to the beach, dim mobile device screens and put them away until photography is permitted.

On the beach tour:

  • Always listen to 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

Once 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 gift shop during your visit. For a $2.00 donation you can take home a certificate 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 which you can purchase!

Booking information and ticket prices

Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours operate from 7pm to 12am, 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.

During their evening Turtle Encounter tour experience, participants will also have access to the Turtle Centre, Turtle Tales (7pm til late) and gift shop (from 7pm).

Please be aware that:

  • Turtles are wild marine animals, often they don’t come on cue! 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 Encounter tour can be up to five hours.
  • Occasionally turtles do not arrive. 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. Visitors need to be able to:
    • Walk up to 1.6km (return journey) 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.
  • Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair beach access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. When booking Turtle Encounter tour please let the booking agent know if you or anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales. 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)

Child (5–14 years)

$14.25

Adult (15 years or older)

$27.45

Family*

$66.15

Concession**

$14.25

Primary and Secondary school education group#

$12.20

*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.

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

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.

Getting to Mon Repos

Drive

  • 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.

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

Wheelchair access

Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. Plan ahead to get the best options for your Mon Repos experience. When booking your Turtle Encounter tour please let the booking agent know if you or anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales. For further information about access for people with disabilities contact the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.

Before you visit

For some of the evening you will be outside on the beach. Be prepared for a longer wait if turtles are arriving late—pack some extra food, drinks and a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to pack.

A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounter tour.

Visitors need to be able to:

  • Walk up to 1.6km (return journey) 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 sandy sections on vegetated dunes, and boardwalk ramps.

To ensure you have an enjoyable visit:

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

Opening hours

Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours operate from 7pm to 12am, 7 nights-a-week during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December).

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Mon Repos safely.