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Discover the Turtles

Mon Repos, on the coast of Bundaberg, 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.


It is an amazing sight to see these huge creatures heaving their way up the beach to find a safe spot to dig a nest and lay their eggs. And then, if you’re lucky, to come back some 6-8 weeks later and see the tiny hatchlings emerging from their sandy nests to scurry down the beach towards the sea.


Visitors can witness nesting and hatching turtles over the summer months on Mon Repos beach, on a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger guided turtle encounter. Turtles are easily disturbed if correct watching guidelines are not followed, so this special ranger led experience has been carefully created to help you understand and appreciate the life cycle of the turtle, to manage turtle watching, and ensure successful breeding for the survival of this endangered species.

the 2016/17 turtle season will run from november through to march.

                

 

Entry fees for the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter contribute to visitor and habitat management for the conservation and protection of turtles.

2015/16 Admission fees:

Adults - $11.60
(15 years and older)

Concessions - $6.05
(Any Australian Government issued concession cards)

Students - $6.05
(Student ID required- Secondary, TAFE or University)

Children - $6.05
(5 - 14yrs)

Infants - Free
(4 years and under)

Family Pass - $27.80
(2 Adults & 2 Children only- extra children as above prices. Infants while FREE still need to be included when you book)

Educational Groups - $2.65
(Can NOT be booked online. Only ONE group per evening can be booked)


*Plus an administration fee of $3.00 per booking. This admin fee is non-refundable.

 

Best time to view Turtles at Mon Repos:
  • Ranger-guided Turtle Encounters operate seven nights a week from November to late March. (excluding 24, 25 and 31 December.)
  • Nesting turtles are best viewed after dark, from November to January.
  • Turtle hatchlings are best viewed from January to March, after dark.


Occasionally, turtles do not arrive. Turtles are wild marine animals—there is no guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings. However, while you wait, you do have the opportunity to look through the Mon Repos Visitors Centre, talk to the Rangers and learn more about these magnificent marine animals, as well as enjoy a night under the stars in a coastal Queensland Park.


Be Prepared for your evening at Mon Repos:
  • Wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach.
  • Pack rainjackets as shelter is limited and umbrellas are not permitted on the beach.
  • Bring a jumper or wind cheater as it can be cold.
  • Bring your own drinking water and insect repellent.
  • Cold and hot food and drinks are available for purchase at the park.
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted.
  • Smoking is not permitted at the Mon Repos Information Centre, the beach or surrounds.


Guidelines for a successful turtle experience:
  • Nesting turtles are easily disturbed by artificial light and movement, especially when leaving the water, crossing the beach and digging their nests. Please listen to the staff directions.
  • Hatching turtles emerging from their nests are disorientated by lights.
  • Listen to staff on the beach and follow their instructions. They are there to look after the turtles and give you a memorable experience.
  • Do not approach or shine lights on turtles leaving the sea or moving up the beach.
  • Remain with your allocated group at all times and avoid sudden movement.
  • Turtles run in all weather, come prepared. (Umbrellas are not permitted on the beach)
  • Follow staff directions to take advantage of limited photo opportunities.
  • Sightings of Turtles are not guaranteed, as turtle are wild marine animals.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Mon Repos Information Centre or in any of the surrounding areas including on the beach during turtle viewing.
  • Please be patient. Turtles may arrive any time after dark.
  • And most importantly, please appreciate the miracle of life you are having the chance to witness.


How to get to Mon Repos: :

Mon Repos is 15 minutes east of Bundaberg and a 4 ½ hour drive north of Brisbane. From Bundaberg, follow the signs to Bargara along the Bundaberg–Bargara Road. At Bargara Primary School, turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road turn right into Grange Road and follow the signs to Mon Repos.


If you are coming from Bargara town centre, it’s an easy 8 minute drive. Head back towards Bundaberg on Bauer St, which turns into the Bundaberg – Bargara Road. 2 kilometres from Bargara town centre is the Bargara Primary School on the right, turn right into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road turn right into Grange Road and follow the signs to Mon Repos.


Click here to view map


Or, if not driving, you may Catch the Turtle Express, operating nightly during turtle season, with pick up from Bundaberg and Bargara and return transfers to Mon Repos Regional Park. Bookings are essential.


What to do when you get to Mon Repos :
  • Arrive 6.45pm for a 7pm start. On arrival, please queue at the information centre with your booking details, where you will be given a numbered group sticker which must be worn and clearly visible. Your group number is allocated based on your time of booking, not your position in the line-up on the night, so relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Park.
  • In the information centre, take time to look at the displays and browse through the shop. These have been set up to give you a greater understanding and appreciation of Turtle Biology and the little things we can do on land to aid in the survival of this endangered species.
  • Ranger shows and videos are presented in the amphitheatre as you wait (weather permitting).
  • Staff patrol the beach for turtles and groups are called as soon as an event occurs. You will be escorted onto the beach only when your allocated group is called. Please be patient and listen to the instructions of the Rangers and turtle volunteers.

Be aware that if turtles are scarce you may have to wait for two or more hours before going onto the beach. The total visit time at Mon Repos can be up to six hours. If you have kids, pack some games and snacks in your bag!

Important Info

Tickets are only valid for the date that appears on your ticket.

 

You must present your concession/ student card at Mon Repos on the night of viewing.

 

All groups are designated by the time and date of your booking, not by your position in the queue on the evening of your visit.

 

REFUNDS ARE NOT GIVEN if you do not see any turtle activity on the night of your booking or it rains on the evening of your booked tour and you do not attend. All fees are donated to the continuing turtle research and conservation efforts of the Mon Repos Conservation Park and turtle research station.

Online bookings will not be confirmed until full payment has been made.

 

There are no set tour times, so please be aware you could be waiting or on the beach until 1am the following morning.

 

Limited number of visitors allowed on the beach each evening, please book early as some nights can be booked out well in advance.

 

Tickets are not available at Mon Repos. If you have missed out on the evening of choice or do not book you will not be able to gain entry to the turtle tours.

If tours are going to be cancelled, it will be a decision of the Mon Repos Rangers. Once BNBT has been contacted with this information, the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre's staff will try their best to contact all visitors prior to 7pm on that particular evening.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED A MOBILE CONTACT NUMBER OR ACCOMMODATION CONTACT NUMBER FOR THIS PURPOSE.


If you are unable to join the tour for any genuine reason, e.g. illness, incapacity or similar, changes may be able to be made to your booking. Firstly, by offering an alternative night for you to attend. This will happen prior to the offer of a refund. To change the date of your booking, you must contact Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre prior to the night of your booking on 07-4153 8888. Any requests to transfer your ticket received after 3pm on the day of your booking may not be accepted.

 

The Turtle Encounter at Mon Repos Conservation Park is managed by the Queensland Government. The experience is not offered by Bundaberg Region Ltd (t/a Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism) or its affiliates - we act only as a ticket booking agency and ticket information agency. Neither the Queensland Government (Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing nor Bundaberg Region Ltd t/a Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism or their affiliates offer any responsibility for you, your motor vehicle or any of your belongings whilst you are at the Mon Repos Conservation Park. We strongly recommend you lock your motor vehicle and hide/secure any valuables - this should be done at all times.