Visiting Mon Repos safely
- Mon Repos Conservation Park map
- During COVID-19, entry to the centre during the nesting season has changed.
- Please read the Conditions of entry before visiting the park.
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
- 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 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.
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.
Before you visit
- 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.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre including Turtle Tales and gift shop:
- Open 7 days-a-week (closed 25 December and 25 April).
- View the Turtle Centre page for detailed opening hours and fee information.
- Bookings are essential. Fees apply for Turtle Tales.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours:
- Operates 7 nights-a-week during turtle tour season from November to late March (closed 24, 25 and 31 December).
- View the Turtle Encounter tours for detailed night opening hours and fee information.
- Bookings are essential and fees apply.
Seasonal track and trail closure:
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Please read our Conditions of entry before your visit.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Conservation Park. Penalties apply to people who bring domestic animals into the park.
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 are available at Bargara, Burnett Heads and Bundaberg. For more information see tourism information links.