Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Lynette Faragher
    2 months ago

    Wonderful volunteers, lots of information provided. My husband walks with crutches, we had a volunteer assigned to us who ensured we got the full experience. The Centre itself is world class with displays and images to maintain interest while waiting to head for the beach. Good compromise between turtle conservation and public information and propaganda. Money well spent. I would come again.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Kathleen Sanders
    a month ago

    Wonderful time here today, we watched a cinematic tour of turtles, hatchlings, and how we can all do our bit to help these creatures. Starting one man at a time to becoming a world wide cause. The cafe offered plenty of choices to eat and drink and the artwork on display was totally stunning, no photography allowed so I cannot add a photo. Go see for yourself, you won't be disapointed. Very helpful staff too. Thank you.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Kylie Wood
    4 months ago

    5 stars for the magnificent girl laying eggs for her first season. What an amazing thing to experience. It was nature at its best and truly appreciated the opportunity to see it. Just wondering though about the appropriateness of the human contact especially moving the eggs. Was this just part of the tourist show or is it really necessary? Will those eggs survive human interference? Does it happen anywhere else? A little disappointed with how much information the volunteers could offer compared to the marine biologist who took us on a tour with Lady Musgrave tours the day before.

  • 1stars, rated out of 5 Mermaid Bella
    2 weeks ago

    As a volunteer and Marine scientist who has worked with the turtles at Mon Repos I can tell you I am disgusted with the way the turtles are treated. Hatchings are killed if someone tags them incorrectly, I was told to gouge the mother turtles eyes to stop her from going back in the water. Not when tourists were around of course. They care more about their research data than the actual well being of turtles.

  • 1stars, rated out of 5 Mullins Family
    2 months ago

    We are now leaving with sad kids and broken hearts! We are a family that travelled across the world for this experience from the United States to Australia with four kiddos hoping to experience this, we attempted to buy tickets and spoke with the representative at the front desk and she was kind and agreed to allow us to watch the turtles hatch! However when she talked to the man in charge, he was the most rude Australian we have met! He made my five year old cry because he said we couldn’t see the turtles. He was extremely stand off ish with his hands on his hips and yelled at my husband twice to leave. And when everyone wanted to allow us to wothness the turtles hatching he came out and said he would not allow it! We may never be back in Australia and I hope this man remembers how he impacted our holiday in Australia. I wish I had his name. But he was on shift on Thursday March 16th,2023 Black hair, thin, tall and oh SOO mean.

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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 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 season has finished

Turtle tour season begins again in early November 2023 and continues until late March 2024.

Turtle tally for 2022/2023

The recent turtle season had 23,170 visitors joining the Turtle Encounters tours to witness around 383 loggerheads, 9 flatbacks and 1 green turtle visit the Woongarra Coast. Around 1,560 nests were made and about 201,740 eggs were laid during the season.

Bookings open in September

    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 open in September

    Read about tour ticket prices.

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

    Be aware that Turtle Encounter tours are close-proximity activities where you may want to wear a mask.

    • Be respectful of others by not visiting if you are unwell or displaying COVID or flu-like symptoms.
    • Stay within your family* or social groupΔ wherever possible and socially distance from other groups.
    • Use sanitising stations found throughout the Turtle Centre.
    • 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.

    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); face masks if desired for this close-proximity activity; and insect repellent.
    • Be prepared for a long wait in the Turtle Centre—turtle arrival time is unpredictable.
    • 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.
      • When permitted, only torches of 100 lumens or less can be used.
      • Photography and filming are only permitted during the designated photography time periods announced by your tour guide. During this time only photography (limited flash and mobile phone use), videoing without constant light, and use of devices that do not emit an external light, such as a GoPro, 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 Rangers, Researchers and volunteer turtle guides 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 including Turtle Tales Immersive Experience, Milbi Cafe and gift shop on the night of your visit.

    As female turtles arrive to nest or hatchlings begin to emerge, tour groups are progressively gathered and your adventure truly begins.

    When you hear your Turtle Encounter tour group number called:

    • Gather your family or social group together and follow instructions from Park Rangers and volunteer turtle guides.
    • Dim mobile device screens and smart watches and put them away.
    • Always listen to Park Rangers and turtle guides 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, videoing without constant light, and using devices that do not emit an external light, such as GoPros, are permitted.

    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.

    Opening hours, booking information and admission fees

    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours operate from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December) from 6.30pm till late, 7 nights-a-week.

    Ticket sales open in September. Bookings are essential and can be made through Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre—book quickly to ensure your Turtle Encounter adventure.

    Your Turtle Encounters ticket also includes access to:

    • the Turtle Centre, and all the attractions within it, from 6.30pm on the night of your tour as part of the Turtle Encounter tours experience.
    • the Milbi Cafe and gift shop from 6.30pm.

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

    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours ticket prices
    Ticket Price (single visit)
    Children under 5 years Free 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.