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Turtle Hatching at Mon Repos & visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park

Turtle Hatching at Mon Repos & visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park

On March 16, 2019

At 141 Mon Repos Rd, Mon Repos QLD 4670, Australia141 Mon Repos Rd, Mon Repos QLD 4670, Australia


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Come join us for our next event: a trip up to Bundaberg to visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre to see some turtles hatching (if we’re lucky!) and a visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park.

Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. More information about Mon Repos can be found here and info on the reptile park can be found here.

This event is for members only. If you are not a member but would like to join us, please sign up through the membership page at our website www.uqherpsociety.com

Date: 17-18 March 2019
Departure: 9:00 Saturday 17th March
Meeting Point: UQ Chancellor's Place

Rough schedule

Saturday 17 March:

9:00 – Leave UQ 

14:00 – Arrive at Burnett Heads Holiday Park and set up camp

15:00 – Head into Bundaberg to go food shopping 

17:30 – Dinner

19:00 – Arrive at Mon Repos Turtle Centre for the night. This will include an educational talk by the workers at Mon Repos and then the turtle hatchlings viewing. Important notes: Please be aware that this may take up to 6 hours depending on how frequently clutches are hatching, therefore it is highly advised that you bring snacks and water along. Furthermore, it is not guaranteed that we will see any clutches hatching at all! If this happens, please note that the turtle centre does not offer refunds.

Sunday 18 March

9:00 – Breakfast and pack up camp

10:30 – Begin our trip back towards Snakes Downunder Reptile Park

11:15 – Arrive at Snakes Downunder Reptile Park in time for the venomous snake show at 11:45 & the crocodile feeding at 12:30.

14:00 – Depart Snakes Downunder and begin the trip back to Brisbane. Note this time is flexible depending on what people would like to do. 

18:00 – Arrive back at UQ. This time will likely be very flexible depending on what time we leave Snakes Downunder, the traffic on the way back, and any stops along the way (e.g. a quick beach stop at the Sunshine Coast!)

What’s included & provided:

The ticket price includes transport, camping accommodation, admission to Mon Repos Turtle Park, and admission to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park. 

We will provide water, an esky/ice (for refrigerated food/drinks storage), some cooking & eating equipment (portable gas cooker and some pots, pans, knives, utensils, plates, cups), and some first aid kits.

What to bring:

Note: If you don’t have any camping gear but would like to come along, please get in touch with us as we may be able to lend you some.

Essential items:

    • Tent

    • Sleeping gear (e.g. mat, sleeping bag, pillow)

    • Appropriate shoes & clothing for two days (including something warm for all the waiting around at the turtle centre)

    • Personal toiletries & towel

    • Medication if required (we will be bringing a few first aid kits)

    • Sun protection (e.g. hat, sunnies, sunscreen)

    • Head lamp / torch & batteries

    • Food & water bottle (we will go shopping for food when we arrive, however it’s advisable to bring some food/snacks for the 4-5 hr journey there)

Desirable/optional items:

    • Camping chair 

    • Insect repellent

    • Camera

    • Cooking/eating gear (we will be supplying some cooking equipment for the trip, however if you bring your own it would be greatly appreciated). 

    • Any other personal items such as books, portable chargers, etc.

    • Swimming gear (in case we get the chance to go swimming) 

If you have any questions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

UQ Herpetelogical Society

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