Visiting Mon Repos safely
- 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:
- Mon Repos Turtle Centre—from the park entrance at 141 Mon Repos Road, turn left on to Rookery Road and travel 750m to the Turtle Centre car park.
- the end of Mon Repos Road.
- the end of Moores Road (northern park entrance).
Getting to Mon Repos
- From Nielson Park and Bargara access is via Bargara Road, turn right at Bargara State School into Potters Road, right again at Grange Road and then continue straight ahead to Mon Repos Road.
- From Bundaberg access is via Bargara Road, turn left at Bargara State School into Potters Road, then right into Grange Road and then continue straight ahead to Mon Repos Road.
Walk or bike via a Bundaberg Regional Council Turtle trail that travels 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 is available close to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre on Rookery Road.
- Mon Repos Turtle Centre and activities within the Turtle Centre are wheelchair accessible.
- The Turtle trail is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.
- The Turtle Encounter tours are not possible for conventional wheelchairs due to the sandy beach conditions. Beach wheelchair access is possible when accompanied by support people. Please contact the Park Rangers to learn more about beach wheelchair access.
- 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 refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre)
- 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 a favourite book or similar activity that is easy to carry.
A moderate level of fitness is required for the Turtle Encounter tour.
Visitors need to be able to:
- walk through sandy conditions for up to 1.6km (return journey) at night in natural light or with limited light in some sections
- stand on uneven sandy surfaces for approximately two hours
- traverse sandy surfaces including short steep sandy sections on vegetated dunes, and boardwalk ramps.
Due to the sandy beach, conventional wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours. Consider hiring a beach wheelchair for this tour and organise to have support people to assist with beach access.
To ensure you have an enjoyable visit:
- wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach with rocky sections
- light up shoes and glow sticks are not permitted on night-time Turtle Encounter tours
- pack a rain jacket 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 water bottle (a water refill station is provided at the Turtle Centre) and insect repellent.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre:
(Including Turtle Tales, Milbi Cafe.)
- Open 7 days-a-week (closed 25 December and 25 April).
- View the Turtle Centre page for detailed opening hours, conditions of entry and fee information.
- Bookings are essential for Turtle Tales and fees apply.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours:
(Including night access to Turtle Centre, Turtle Tales, Milbi Cafe.)
- 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, conditions of entry and fee information.
- Bookings are essential and fees apply.
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 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. Average daily temperatures usually range from 22–30°C in summer and from 11–22°C in winter.
Check weather forecasts before visiting and take appropriate clothing, especially for Turtle Encounter tours when you may need a raincoat or light jumper.
Fuel and supplies are available at Bargara, Burnett Heads and Bundaberg. For more information see tourism information links.
- Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours 29 August to 31 October 2022