Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

4.1stars, rated out of 5

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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
    3 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.

  • More info and reviews

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

Things to do

    Photo of parking bays for Disability parking permit holders close to the Turtle Centre and sealed access paths.

    There are designated parking bays for Disability Parking Permit holders close to the Turtle Centre and sealed access paths.

    Photo credit: Cathy Gatley © Queensland Government

    The park is a quiet retreat where you can walk along the beach on Mon Repos coastal track, take a bike ride, walk or run along the Turtle trail, explore rock pools and snorkel in the marine park on the fringing reef.

    Many people visit the Mon Repos Conservation Park to witness one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles and participate in a night-time Turtle Encounter tour and explore the Turtle Centre to learn about marine turtles in the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience—interactive displays and theatre.

    Turtle Tracks and Tales Ranger-guided walks are available seasonally.

    From November to late March, take a Ranger-guided Turtle Encounter tour at night on the beach. Bookings are essential!

    From November to late March, take a Ranger- guided Turtle Encounter tour at night on the beach. Bookings are essential!

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown ©️ Queensland Government

    Turtle Tales Immersive Experience

    Submerse yourself in the lives of marine turtles, Researchers and Park Rangers in the Turtle Centre's Turtle Tales Immersive Experience—interactive displays and theatre.

    Relax in the theatre and enjoy the story of loggerheads told through film, and light and soundscapes.

    Kids, have fun exploring the tools and techniques used to look after our turtles in the Junior Discovery zone.

    Discover the details, the big picture and the people protecting these ancient mariners.

    Please be aware the centre does not display captive, live turtles.

    Opening hours and ticket prices.

    Turtle Encounter tours

    Witness an ancient life cycle of the animal kingdom, as majestic marine turtles make their journey to the shore to lay their eggs. Delight at the sight of their young, hatching a few months later, and making their tenacious journey to the sea.

    Every year, from November to late March, you can join Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Park Rangers at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a night-time guided Turtle Encounter tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.

    Read Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours for a complete guide to the turtle nesting season and information to plan your Turtle Encounter experience.

    Ticket sales open in September each year. Bookings are essential—limited numbers of tickets are available. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Opening hours and ticket prices.

    Turtle Tracks and Tales Ranger-guided walk

    Have fun exploring the conservation park during the day on this Ranger-guided walk and learn about turtle conservation and research, turtle tracks and nesting sites. This walk departs from the Turtle Centre and is offered during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December).

    Bookings are essential. Guided walk times and tickets prices.

    Walking and cycling

    View the Journeys information for walking and cycling details.

    Seasonal track and trail closure: To protect nesting and hatching turtles, the Mon Repos beach, Mon Repos coastal track and Turtle trail are closed between 6pm and 6am from 15 October to 30 April.

    Enjoy a peaceful walk along the beach.

    Enjoy a peaceful walk along the beach.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Beach recreation

    Swimming is not recommended at Mon Repos beach as it is not patrolled by Queensland surf lifesavers. Swim at nearby patrolled beaches—visit the Bundaberg Regional Council’s website for information about other patrolled beaches in this region.

    Enjoy your beach recreation and help reduce hazards for turtles and visitors by:

    • flattening large sandcastles and filling in any holes you create before you leave.
    • staying off the sand dunes to protect turtle eggs during the marine turtle breeding season (15 October to 30 April) and fragile sand dunes from erosion.
    • Seasonal closure: From 15 October to 30 April, Mon Repos beach is closed to public access from 6pm to 6am for turtle conservation purposes. Read more about the Mon Repos Designated Area.


    The coastal waters adjacent to Mon Repos Conservation Park, Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliot Heads are within the Great Sandy Marine Park. Before you go boating, please ensure you are aware of the marine park zones and the management provisions.

    See Great Sandy Marine Park for more information.

    Read about how boaties can help protect marine life.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.