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Mon Repos Turtle Centre - opening nightly from 9 November for Turtle Encounters, and during the day from 25 November

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters open for bookings

Turtle hatchling on Mon Repos beach

Turtle hatchling on Mon Repos beach

  • Turtley awesome news! You can now purchase tickets for the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters Tour online for the season starting in November 2019.
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Meeting a loggerhead turtle hatchling on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounters tour. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Meeting a loggerhead turtle hatchling on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounters 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 weeks 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 have an amazing turtle encounter.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Learn all about marine turtles in the turtle centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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.

Be amazed as baby hatchling turtles emerge from nests on the beach. Photo: Queensland Government.

Rescue a turtle egg; Turtle Encounters participants may get to help researchers relocate turtle eggs. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Rescue a turtle egg; Turtle Encounters participants may get to help researchers relocate turtle eggs. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is dedicated to marine turtle research, protection and education. Here you can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos, immerse in Turtle Tales, browse the gift shop and, in turtle tour season, take a Turtle Encounters tour.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within it have wheelchair access. Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters.

Visit the Mon Repos Conservation Park page for more information about other activities you can do in the park.

Mon Repos Turtle Tales

Spend an inspiring hour or more at the Turtle Centre exploring Turtle Tales. Submerse yourself in the lives of marine turtles, researchers and rangers in our new immersive theatre and interactive displays.

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.

See ticket purchase details.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

From November to late March visitors have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night! Take a guided Turtle Encounters tour for your chance to see nesting turtles (November to January) and hatchings emerging from nests (January to March).

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, only Turtle Encounters participants are allowed on Mon Repos beach after 6pm to witness this incredible natural journey.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this special experience. See ticket purchase and booking details.

Planning a school visit

A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, a self-guided Turtle Tales immersive theatre and interactive displays experience and a Turtle Encounters tour is an exciting way for your students to learn about turtles, their conservation and the important turtle research that scientists are undertaking.

To plan your school visit to Mon Repos and organise your Turtle Tales booking, contact the Turtle Centre. To book your school Turtle Encounters tour, contact Bundaberg Visitor Information CentreStudent rates are available and bookings are essential.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

Every year, from November to late March, you can join QPWS Rangers at Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a guided Turtle Encounters tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, only Turtle Encounters 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.

Book and plan your visit to make the most of your Turtle Encounters night.

A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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.

A female turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos. Photo: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government.

Take home a special treasure from the Turtle Centre gift shop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Take home a special treasure from the Turtle Centre gift shop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

On the night

Arrive at the Mon Repos Road car park from 6.30pm. 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 Encounters group for the night.

While we search the beach for turtles, take the time to enjoy the Turtle Tales immersive theatre and interactive displays and browse through the gift 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 six 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 Turtle Centre gift shop after your turtle encounter. For a $2.00 donation you can take home a certificate 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 which you can purchase!

Once you are back in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, why not post your photos of your Turtle Encounters experience on Instagram and tag #QldParks and #southerngreatbarrierreef. Remember lights on mobile devices are too bright for turtles, so only use mobiles when and where directed!

Prepare for your evening

For some of the evening you will be outside on the beach.

A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounters tour. Visitors need to be able to:

  • Walk up to 1.6km 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.

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 (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre), snacks and insect repellent.

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.

For a wild adventure of a lifetime don't miss the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

You can visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre 7 days-a-week 9am–4pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Mon Repos Turtle Centre shop

Mon Repos Turtle Centre shop is open 7 days-a-week 9am–3pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Mon Repos Turtle Tales

Mon Repos Turtle Tales operates 7 days-a-week, 9am to 4pm; ticket sales close 3pm (closed 25 December and 25 April). Purchase tickets at the Turtle Centre reception, for entry into the immersive theatre and interactive displays.

Mon Repos Turtle Tales ticket prices
Ticket Price (single visit)
Child (5–14 years) $9
Adult (15 years or older) $13
Family* $33
Concession** $9
Education group# $8

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters operates 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 the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.

Turtle Encounters ticket holders also have access to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales (7pm till late), and the gift shop (7pm–11pm) during the evening of their Turtle Encounter.

Turtles are wild marine animals, sometimes they don’t come on cue!

For Turtle Encounters, please be aware that:

  • You may need to wait for several hours at the Turtle Centre before going onto the beach.
  • Your total visit time for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters can be up to six hours.
  • Occasionally turtles do not arrive. 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 Encounters tour. Visitors need to be able to:
    • Walk up to 1.6km 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 sections on vegetated dunes, and boardwalk ramps.
  • Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. When booking Turtle Encounters please let the booking agent know if anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounters ticket prices
Ticket Price (single visit)
Child (5–14 years) $14
Adult (15 years or older) $27
Family* $65
Concession** $14
Education group# $12

*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 4hr 30min drive north of Brisbane; 15min east of Bundaberg; and 10min from Bargara. Train, bus and plane transport is available to Bundaberg.

Arriving by car

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 to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre for your Turtle Encounters experience.

  • 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.

Further information

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is open daily from 9am-4pm (closed 25 December and 25 April).

Phone: 4159 1652

Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

Bundaberg locals can register to attend a free one hour tour of the centre on either Sunday 24 November or Sunday 8 December where you will be treated to a special guided tour of the state-of-the-art experience that is the redeveloped centre.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre Community Day

Last updated
20 November 2019