The Mon Repos Turtle Encounter season will kick off on Monday, 7th November 2016.
Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 1st September 2016.
Don't miss these special moments - book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
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.
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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!
Child (5–14 years)
Adult (15 years or older)
*Family is a group of up to 4 related people, comprising of 2 adults and 2 children.
**Concession—a person is eligible for a 'card' concession if they have:
· a Centrelink issued Commonwealth Seniors Health card, Health Care card or Pensioner Concession card
· a Department of Veteran's Affairs Gold, White or Orange DVA card
· a secondary school official student photo ID card
· a full-time student card from a tertiary institution (TAFE or University).
CONCESSION CARD MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE RANGERS AT CHECK IN AT MON REPOS INFORMATION CENTRE
#Education Group rate is available to Primary and Secondary school groups, price is per person. Education Group bookings must be made direct with the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre team, please call on 1300 722 099.