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Taking the tour: Experiencing a guided turtle tour on Mon Repos Beach

Watching tiny turtle hatchlings make their way down the beach, or the steady path of a mother turtle making her way up the sand to lay her precious clutch of eggs, is truly a 'bucket list' moment – and one that you certainly don't get to experience every day!

Guided turtle tours at Mon Repos Beach are an affordable, educational experience that brings delight to everyone who attends – from families and couples, to seniors and school groups.


Tours can be booked via the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre or online from 1 September each year, with tours running between November and March.

Groups on Mon Repos Beach

 

What to expect

Turtles don't wear watches, so enjoy the opportunity to relax! The turtles are completely wild – and so don't always run to human schedules! So be prepared to sit back and relax while Rangers scour the beach to spot turtles for you. This varies – your total time can be up to six hours – but those who have experienced a guided turtle encounter will be quick to tell you that it's worth the wait!

Watch and learn

While you wait, you can take a moment to view educational videos and displays in the amphitheatre, and to peruse the shop on site. Food is available, however you're more than welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Cut the glow to help turtles go


Turtles are easily disturbed by light and movement, so when on the tour, it's best to listen closely to the Rangers, who will explain to you exactly what you need to do on the beach to ensure your visit is memorable and fun for you, and safe for the turtles. Turtles born on Mon Repos Beach that survive to maturity will return in 20 – 30 years' time, when they're ready to have hatchlings of their own. However, in order for this amazing 'natal homing' phenomena to occur, the turtles need to focus during their scramble down the beach in order to lock in their location. Lights and other disturbances can impede their ability to do this – so please follow the Rangers' requests at all times!

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Pack the right gear

There are a few items that will make your turtle experience that much more enjoyable. These include:

  • Appropriate footwear – you'll be walking on a sandy beach
  • Insect repellent
  • A jumper or jacket, as the beach can be quite windy and chilly at night. If it's raining, please bring a rain jacket or plastic poncho, as umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
  • Drinking water
  • You may also like to bring chairs, blankets or even pillows (for children) for while you wait at the Visitor Centre prior to the arrival of turtles.

Tips for Exploring Mon Repos Beach
Turtle jokes for the trip to Mon Repos Beach

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