Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

4.1stars, rated out of 5

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  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Kathleen Sanders
    5 months 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 Lynette Faragher
    6 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.

  • 1stars, rated out of 5 Mermaid Bella
    4 months 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
    6 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.

  • 5stars, rated out of 5 Kylie Wood
    8 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.

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Take in the best features of the Woongarra coastline on the Turtle trail. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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

Turtle trail

Walk or ride along the spectacular Woongarra coastline on a track that connects the park with nearby coastal towns.

Journey type
Walk, cycle
2km one way within the park and the complete trail from Bargara (Kellys Beach) to Burnett Heads is 7.7km one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Within the park allow 10min riding time and 1hr walking time.
Easy mountain-bike trail

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking
  • Cycling

Soak up the sun and fresh ocean breezes on the 2km park section of the longer 7.7km Bundaberg Regional Council Turtle trail.

This sealed trail is suitable for assisted wheelchair access, prams, walkers, runners and cyclists.

Shaded by seaside forests and flanked by a pristine beach, there are plenty of places along the way to stop and take in the stunning coastal views.

See if the kids can look for families of double-barred finches flying along the edge of the trail.

At the edge of the park, you can return the way you came, or continue along to nearby towns.

Getting there and getting around

The Turtle trail travels between Bargara and Burnett Heads. It passes through Mon Repos Conservation Park, 14km east of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area.

Ride or walk to the park:

Arrive by car:

  • From the park entrance off Mon Repos Road, follow Rookery Road for 750m to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
  • You can join the Turtle trail at the northern end of the Turtle Centre car park. Walkers can also access the trail from the Turtle Centre using the walking track from the northern boardwalk.
  • Alternatively, use the Mon Repos Road car park (southern entrance) or the Moores Road car park (northern entrance) and join the Turtle trail from there.

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.

Before you visit

Opening hours

  • Seasonal closure: the Turtle trail (within Mon Repos Conservation Park) is closed between 6pm and sunrise (dawn) from 15 October to 30 April to protect nesting and hatching turtles.
  • The Turtle trail is open at all other times of the year.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see: