Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

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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 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

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (flush)

Turtle Encounter Tours update 

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. Your Turtle Encounters ticket includes access to the Turtle Centre (including Hatchling Hall and Turtle Tales displays and theatre) on the night of your tour as part of the experience—don’t book separate tickets for these.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Nightly visitor numbers are restricted in keeping with COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements.
  • You will receive your check-in time on the day of your tour; arrival times are staggered between 6.45pm and 7.30pm to ensure no crowding at entry.
  • Rooms within the Turtle Centre have maximum capacities that may vary in keeping with COVID restrictions.
  • Hatchling Hall, Immersive theatrette and outdoor amphitheatre: Members of the same family* or social groupΔ may sit together, distanced from other social groups.
  • Primary and secondary school classroom group only tour—maximum of 30 students, plus required ratio of supervisors.

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

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

    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 some food, drinks and a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to pack.
    • 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 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.

    Plan ahead so you 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 drinking water (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre), snacks and insect repellent.
    • 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.
    • 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 store them safely in your bag before departing on your guided Turtle Encounters tour.

    Before you visit, read about:

    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

    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 search 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. There is also a gift shop.

    When the turtles arrive, 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 rangers and volunteer staff.
    • Dim mobile device screens and put them away until photography is permitted.
    • 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

    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 $2.00 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 in the gift shop!

    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.

    Your Turtle Encounters ticket also includes access to the Turtle Centre, Hatchling Hall and Turtle Tales displays and theatre as part of the experience—don’t book separate tickets for these activities, unless you want to book an additional day-time visit.

    The Turtle Centre (including Hatchling Hall and Turtle Tales displays and theatre) is open 7pm till late.

    The gift shop is also open in the evenings.

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

    • Mon Repos Conditions of Entry (PDF, 359.6KB)
    • 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, 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, Hatchling Hall 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
    TicketPrice (single visit)

    Child (5–14 years)

    $14.45

    Adult (15 years or older)

    $27.90

    Family*

    $67.25

    Concession**

    $14.45

    Primary and Secondary school education group#

    $12.40

    *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).

    # 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.

    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.

    For more park access information see Visiting Mon Repos safely.

    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.