With its natural environment, the region is home to many marine creatures, especially sea turtles. Watch females nest or see her little hatchlings scurry to the water at Mon Repos Beach which is just 14km east of Bundaberg. It is the South Pacific's largest loggerhead turtle rookery and is open to visitors during the season. Take a trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef islands of Lady Elliot or Lady Musgrave for a totally natural experience. Snorkel with manta rays, dive with turtles, come face to face with brightly coloured fish or experience it all from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Annually from mid-July to early October Humpback whales pass close to Bundaberg's coastline en route to the blue waters of Platypus Bay at the northern end of Fraser Island. They can quite often be seen off the region's beaches, on the scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island or the cruise to Lady Musgrave Island. Clean beaches dotted along our coastline, provide stinger-free places to relax and enjoy life with relatively calm surf conditions - many of our beaches are also patrolled during the season.