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Meeting a loggerhead turtle hatchling on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Meeting a loggerhead turtle hatchling on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Witness an ancient life cycle of the animal kingdom, as majestic sea turtles make their journey to the shore to lay their eggs. Delight at the sight of their young, hatching months later, and making their perilous journey to the sea.

Mon Repos is special! It 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. The success of nesting and hatching turtles at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle.

At this globally-significant site you can learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them at the turtle centre, and even have a turtle encounter like very few others in the world.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Learn all about marine turtles in the turtle centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Learn all about marine turtles in the turtle centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Be amazed as baby hatchling turtles emerge from nests on the beach. Photo: Queensland Government.

Be amazed as baby hatchling turtles emerge from nests on the beach. Photo: Queensland Government.

Rescue a turtle egg; turtle encounter participants may get to help researchers relocate turtle eggs. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Rescue a turtle egg; turtle encounter participants may get to help researchers relocate turtle eggs. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

At Mon Repos Turtle Centre visitors can learn about the special journey turtles and people have taken at Mon Repos, the colourful history of the area and about Mon Repos Regional Park.

Connect with nature

Activities and events

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters offers a unique opportunity for visitors to catch a glimpse of a turtle’s world—at least for one night! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this special experience.

‘Connect with Nature’ activities such as ranger led walks and turtle talks operate during some school holidays. Visit the Connect with Nature page for further information.

School excursions

A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and a turtle encounter is an exciting way for your students to learn about turtles, their conservation and the important turtle research that scientists dedicate their time to. Ranger talks and other activities in the turtle centre start your student’s journey before a personalised guide takes them onto the beach to view nesting or hatching turtles.

Contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Rangers at Mon Repos Regional Park on (07) 4159 1652 to plan your visit. Student rates are available and bookings are essential.

More great adventures

Can’t get enough of Mon Repos? Why not try one of our walks, cycle the bike track or just take a peaceful walk on the beach. Visit the Mon Repos Regional Park page for more information.

Wheelchair access

Mon Repos Turtle Centre and some walking tracks in the Mon Repos Regional Park have wheelchair access. However, due to the sandy beach, wheelchair access is not possible for Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Contact us for further information.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

Every year, from November to March, you can join QPWS Rangers at Mon Repos Turtle Centre on a guided tour to watch nesting (November to January) and hatching (January to March) marine turtles.

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, only turtle encounter tour participants are allowed on Mon Repos beach after 6pm to witness this incredible natural journey.

Turtles are wild marine animals and occasionally they do not arrive. While this is unusual, we can’t guarantee you will see nesting turtles or hatchlings.

A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

A turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

A female turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos. Photo: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government.

A female turtle nesting on the beach at Mon Repos. Photo: Lise Pedersen, Queensland Government.

Take home a special treasure from the souvenir shop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Take home a special treasure from the souvenir shop. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

On the night

Arriving at Mon Repos Turtle Centre at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, you will be placed in your turtle encounter group for the night.

While we search the beach for turtles, take the time to enjoy the displays and browse through the shop. Ranger shows and videos are also presented in the amphitheatre (weather permitting).

Once the turtles arrive, rangers will call your group and guide you onto the beach—where the adventure truly begins.

Unfortunately, sometimes the turtles don’t come on cue! Please be aware that you may need to wait for several hours before going onto the beach. Your total visit time at Mon Repos can be up to 6 hours.

For the best experience

Rangers want to provide you with the most memorable experience while looking after the turtles.

Nesting turtles are easily disturbed by artificial light and movement especially when leaving the water, crossing the beach and digging their nests. Hatching turtles emerging from their nests are disorientated by lights. Always listen to rangers on the beach and follow their instructions:

  • To protect our nesting and hatching turtles, keep lights off, avoid sudden movements and remain with your allocated group.
  • Rangers will let you know when you can take advantage of the limited photo opportunities.
  • Please be patient—turtles don’t have watches and may arrive any time after dark.

Visit the Cut the Glow to help Turtles Go page for tips on how you can protect turtles from artificial light disturbance.

Share your experience

Drop by the souvenir centre after your turtle encounter. For a $2.00 donation you can take home a certificate to show family and friends and to remember your experience by. All donations go towards helping marine turtles. There are also lots of other take home treasures which you can purchase!

Don’t forget to post your photos of your turtle encounter on Instagram and tag #QldParks and #southerngreatbarrierreef, once you are back in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre (lights on mobile devices are too bright for turtles!).

Prepare for your evening

For some of the evening you will be outside on the beach. To ensure you have an enjoyable visit:

  • Wear footwear suitable for walking along a sandy beach.
  • Pack rain jackets as shelter is limited and umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
  • Bring a jumper or a 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 food outlet.

Opening hours, admission, prices and booking details

For a wild adventure of a lifetime don't miss the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

For a wild adventure of a lifetime don't miss the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

You can visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre free of charge. During turtle season (November to late March) the centre is open daily (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) between 8am and 5pm. Outside of turtle season (April to early November) you can visit us Monday to Friday (closed public holidays) between 8am and 3.30pm.

If a peaceful walk or a relaxing cycle is more your style then visit the Mon Repos Regional Park page for information on the park’s opening hours.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounters operate seven nights a week from November to late March (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas night and New Year’s Eve).

Bookings are essential and can be made from 1 September through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounter ticket prices

Ticket Price (single visit)
Child (5–14 years) $6.05
Adult (15 years or older) $11.60
Family* $27.80
Concession** $6.05
Education group# $2.65

*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).

#Education Group rate is available to Primary and Secondary school groups, price is per person.

Thank you—when you purchase a ticket, you are contributing to the conservation of marine turtles.

Getting there and getting around

By car

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is about four and a half hours drive north of Brisbane, 15 minutes east of Bundaberg and 10 minutes from Bargara.

From Bundaberg

Follow the signs to Bargara along Bargara Road. At Bargara Primary School turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs. Turn left into Rookery Road and travel a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

From Bargara

Travel along Bargara Road, following the signs to Bundaberg. At Bargara Primary School turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs. Turn left into Rookery Road and travel a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

By bike

During the day, visitors staying in the Bargara area can take advantage of the Turtle Trail, a bikeway that links Kelly’s Beach in Bargara, to Burnett Heads Harbour, a short drive east of Bundaberg. It takes in some of the most popular areas of the Coral Coast including Mon Repos Regional Park.

Bus services during turtle nesting season

A small number of companies provide bus transport to Mon Repos during turtle nesting season. Contact Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre for details.

Further information

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

(turtle season November to March)

Phone: 4159 1652

Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

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Last updated
15 October 2015