Mon Repos Conservation Park Bundaberg

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  • 5 John Nelson
    4 months 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.

  • 5 Admin | PurpleCow Digital Marketing
    5 months ago

    The turtle encounter is amazing. Something everyone should do in their lifetime! Highly recommend this to anyone.

  • 5 Neil Harfoot
    10 months 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

  • 3 Natalie holmes
    11 months ago

    The experience with the turtles was great. However there was way too many people in each group. That really spoilt the whole night. Otherwise I was very happy with my experience. Would of been happier to pay a bit extra if it meant the group wasn't as large

  • 3 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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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

Visiting Mon Repos safely

    Boardwalks provide access to the beach.
    Boardwalks provide access to the beach.

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown ©️ Queensland Government

    Beach view, Mon Repos Conservation Park.
    Beach view, Mon Repos Conservation Park.

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown ©️ Queensland Government

    Sign showing the path to the Northern Boardwalk.
    There are wheelchair accessible parking bays close to the Turtle Centre and sealed access paths.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

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

    • Car parks are provided at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, the end of Mon Repos Road (southern park entrance) and at the end of Moores Road (northern park entrance).
    • Access to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park is from the park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road. Follow Rookery Road for 750m to the Turtle Centre car park.

    Getting to Mon Repos

    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. At the Mon Repos park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road turn left into Rookery Road.
    • 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. At the Mon Repos park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, turn left into Rookery Road.
    • Visitors can walk or bike to Mon Repos on the Turtle Trail. This trail provides access from Kellys Beach in Bargara, through the conservation park and on to Burnett Heads Harbour.

    Night access during turtle nesting season

    • To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from 15 October to 30 April access to some areas of the park is not permitted between 6pm and 6am. This affects public access to the beach, the Mon Repos coastal track and the Turtle Trail (within Mon Repos Conservation Park).
    • Mon Repos turtle watching tours Turtle Encounter tours operate from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, 7 nights-a-week during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December). Bookings are essential and fees apply.
    • Turtle Encounter tours car parking: drive to the park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, turn left onto Rookery Road and continue 750m to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    • Wheelchair accessible parking (day or night) is available close to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre on Rookery Road.
    • Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within it have wheelchair access. The Turtle trail is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.
    • Due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. When booking Turtle Encounter tours, please let the booking agent know if you or anyone in your group needs wheelchair access just to the Turtle Centre and Turtle Tales.
    • Plan ahead to get the best options for your Mon Repos experience. For further information about access for people with disabilities contact the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.

    Staying safe

    For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

    • We highly recommend you visit the Triple Zero website before visiting a national park or forest.
    • Download the Triple Zero emergency app—to help identify your location.
    • Important: if there is no mobile coverage on any network, you will not be able to reach the Emergency Call Service via a mobile phone.
    • Follow COVID-safety practices and for your safety signs.
    • Never walk alone; always walk with a group or in sight of another group.
    • Carry a mobile phone.
    • Wear suitable footwear and clothing for the activities you choose.
    • Stay on the walking track and shared trail.
    • 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 patrolled beaches in this region.
    • Thieves use Mon Repos Conservation Park too! While visiting the park, please ensure that you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables, including garage remotes. Do not leave valuables unattended.

    For more safety information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Walker with backpack, walking down a path amidst trees.
    To enjoy your walk make sure you wear suitable clothing and carry drinking water.

    Photo credit: Robert Ashdown ©️ Queensland Government

    The Mon Repos beach includes rock and shell areas. Protect your feet by wearing shoes suitable for walking in a sandy environment.
    The Mon Repos beach includes rock and shell areas. Protect your feet by wearing shoes suitable for walking in a sandy environment.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • footwear suitable for wearing in a sandy beach environment
    • sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt
    • adequate drinking water (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre) and snack food
    • insect repellent and a first-aid kit.

    For Turtle Encounter tours:

    For some of the evening you will be outside on the beach. Be prepared for a longer wait if turtles are arriving late—pack some extra food, drinks and a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to pack.

    A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounter tour.

    Visitors need to be able to:

    • walk up to 1.6km (return journey) 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
    • light up shoes and glow sticks are not permitted on night-time Turtle Encounter tours
    • 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 and windy on the beach at night
    • bring your own drinking water (a water bottle refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre), snacks and insect repellent.

    Opening hours, permits and fees

    Mon Repos Turtle Centre including Turtle Tales and gift shop:

    Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours:

    Seasonal track and trail closure:

    To protect nesting and hatching turtles, the Mon Repos Coastal track and Turtle Trail are closed between 6pm and 6am from 15 October to 30 April.

    Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

    Please read our Conditions of entry (PDF, 1.8MB) before your visit.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Conservation Park. Penalties apply to people who bring domestic animals into the park.

    Climate and weather

    Mon Repos Conservation Park has a mild subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Bargara, Burnett Heads and Bundaberg. For more information see tourism information links.