Mon Repos Turtle Centre - currently closed for redevelopment, reopening in time for 2019 turtle season
- Mon Repos Turtle Centre
- Mon Repos Turtle Encounters
- Opening hours, admission, prices and booking details
- Getting there and getting around
- Further information
Meeting a loggerhead turtle hatchling on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
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 months later, and making their perilous journey to the sea.
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.
At this globally-significant site you can learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them at the turtle centre, and even have a turtle encounter like very few others in the world.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Learn all about marine turtles in the turtle centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
Be amazed as baby hatchling turtles emerge from nests on the beach. Photo: Queensland Government.
Rescue a turtle egg; turtle encounter participants may get to help researchers relocate turtle eggs. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
At Mon Repos Turtle Centre visitors can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos, the colourful history of the area and about Mon Repos Conservation Park.
Connect with nature
Activities and events
Mon Repos Turtle Encounters offers a unique opportunity for visitors to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this special experience.
‘Connect with Nature’ activities such as ranger led walks and turtle talks operate during some school holidays. Visit the Connect with Nature page for further information.
A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, a self-guided Turtle Tales immersive experience and a Turtle Encounters experience is an exciting way for your students to learn about turtles, their conservation and the important turtle research that scientists dedicate their time to.
Ranger talks and other activities in the turtle centre start your student’s Turtle Encounter journey before a personalised guide takes them onto the beach to view nesting or hatching turtles.
Contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Rangers at Mon Repos Conservation Park on (07) 4159 1652 to plan your visit. Student rates are available and bookings are essential.
More great adventures
Can’t get enough of Mon Repos? Why not try one of our walks, cycle the bike track or just take a peaceful walk on the beach. Visit the Mon Repos Conservation Park page for more information.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre and some walking tracks in the Mon Repos Conservation Park have wheelchair access. However, due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Contact us for further information.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounters
Every year, from November to March, you can join QPWS Rangers at Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a guided tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.
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.
Turtles are wild marine animals and occasionally they do not arrive. While this is unusual, we can’t guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings.
A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
A female turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos. Photo: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government.
Take home a special treasure from the souvenir shop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
On the night
Arrive at the Mon Repos Road car park from 6.15pm. From here a free shuttle bus will take you a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre where you will be placed in your turtle encounter group for the night.
While we search the beach for turtles, take the time to enjoy the displays and browse through the shop.
Once the turtles arrive, rangers will call your group and guide you onto the beach—where the adventure truly begins.
Unfortunately, sometimes the turtles don’t come on cue! Please be aware that you may need to wait for several hours before going onto the beach. Your total visit time at Mon Repos can be up to 6 hours.
For the best experience
Rangers want to provide you with the most memorable experience while looking after the turtles.
Nesting turtles are easily disturbed by artificial light and movement especially when leaving the water, crossing the beach and digging their nests. Hatching turtles emerging from their nests are disorientated by lights. Always listen to rangers on the beach and follow their instructions:
- To protect our nesting and hatching turtles, keep lights off, avoid sudden movements and remain with your allocated group.
- Rangers will let you know when you can take advantage of the limited photo opportunities.
- Please be patient—turtles don’t have watches and may arrive any time after dark.
Visit the Cut the Glow to help Turtles Go page for tips on how you can protect turtles from artificial light disturbance.
Share your experience
Drop by the souvenir shop after your turtle encounter. For a $2.00 donation you can take home a certificate to show family and friends and to remember your experience by. All donations go towards helping marine turtles. There are also lots of other take home treasures which you can purchase!
Don’t forget to post your photos of your turtle encounter on Instagram and tag #QldParks and #southerngreatbarrierreef, once you are back in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre (lights on mobile devices are too bright for turtles!).
Prepare for your evening
For some of the evening you will be outside on the beach. To ensure you have an enjoyable visit:
- Wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach.
- Pack rain jackets as shelter is limited and umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
- Bring a jumper or a wind cheater as it can be cold.
- Bring your own drinking water and insect repellent.
- Cold and hot food and drinks are available for purchase at the food outlet.
Opening hours, admission, prices and booking details
For a wild adventure of a lifetime don't miss the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre displays
You can visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre’s cafe, shop and indoor courtyard areas free of charge. Open seven days a week 9am-4pm, excluding Christmas Day and Anzac Day. During turtle season (November to late March) the centre reopens nightly (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) from 7pm till late.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre shop
Mon Repos Turtle Centre shop is open daily from 9am-3pm. In turtle season, from November to March, the shop is also open between 7pm and 11pm.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounters
Mon Repos Turtle Encounters operate seven nights a week from November to late March (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas night and New Year’s Eve).
Bookings are essential and can be made through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.
Mon Repos Turtle Tales
Mon Repos Turtle Tales operate seven days a week (closed Christmas Day and Anzac Day). Purchase your ticket at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, for entry into the self-guided interpretative display and immersive theatrette.
|Ticket||Price (single visit)|
|Child (5–14 years)||$14|
|Adult (15 years or older)||$27|
|Ticket||Price (single visit)|
|Child (5–14 years)||$9|
|Adult (15 years or older)||$13|
*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).
#Education Group rate is available to Primary and Secondary school groups, 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
Mon Repos Turtle Centre is about four and a half hours drive north of Brisbane, 15 minutes east of Bundaberg and 10 minutes from Bargara.
Arriving by car
There are temporary vehicle access changes in place. Rookery Road into the park is closed to public motor vehicles while construction is in progress to renew visitor facilities. This is for visitor safety while construction vehicles and heavy machinery are in use.
Follow the signs to the car park at the end of Mon Repos Road, just south of the park. From here shuttle buses will take you into the park for your Turtle Encounter.
- 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.
Evening bus services
A small number of companies provide bus transport to Mon Repos Turtle Encounters in the evening during turtle nesting season. Contact Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre for details.
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Mon Repos Turtle Centre
(turtle season November to March)
Phone: 4159 1652
Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre
- visit bundabergregion.info
- phone (07) 4153 8888
- book Turtle encounters online
- book Turtle encounters over-the-counter at 36 Avenue Street, Bundaberg East, QLD 4670
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