Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

4.4stars, rated out of 5

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Google reviews for Mon Repos Conservation Park

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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
    8 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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Take in the stunning scenery on the Coastal track. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © 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

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 coastal track

Amble along this gentle coastal walk, richly steeped in South Sea Islander and Australian aviation history.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
4.5km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 2hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 2 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

The coastal track leads north and south from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and explores the beach. Take drinking water with you (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre during opening hours) and wear sunscreen. Insect repellent is recommended.

Heading south from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre along the beach and you’ll soon arrive at the impressive 1880s South Sea Islander rock wall. The 1.5m-high wall stretches for 1.6km and was built by South Sea Islanders as they cleared rocks from the nearby cane fields.

The track features include saltpans, a tidal lagoon, freshwater ponds, mangroves, remnants of Woongarra rainforest, and coastal scenery. A wide variety of habitats make this park a great place for seeing birdlife, tidal wildlife and other animals. Check tides before setting out as sections of the track can be difficult to access during very high tides.

If it’s low tide when you reach the beach, explore the colourful rock pools for corals, sponges, fish and other marine life.

Getting there and getting around

Getting there

The Mon Repos Coastal track is in Mon Repos Conservation Park, 14km east of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area.

  • Mon Repos Conservation Park map (PDF, 232.3KB)
  • From the park entrance off Mon Repos Road, follow Rookery Road for 750m to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
  • Access the Mon Repos coastal track from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. If the Turtle Centre car park is full, alternative parking is available at the Mon Repos Road car park.
  • Arriving via the Turtle trail from Bargara or Burnett Heads. Stop at the Turtle Centre, to access the Mon Repos coastal track to see some other park features. Bike riders secure your bike before heading off on this walking track.

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 and follow the signs to the car park.
  • 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 and follow the signs to the car park.

Before you visit

Opening hours

  • Seasonal closure: this walking track is closed between 6pm and 6am from 15 October to 30 April to protect nesting and hatching turtles.
  • The walk is open at all other times of the year.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Mon Repos safely and Walk with care.