Mon Repos Turtle Centre
No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre.
Here you can learn heaps about marine turtles, and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them. You can also find out about the special journey people have taken at Mon Repos, be immersed in Turtle Tales, browse the gift shop and, in turtle tour season, take a Turtle Encounters tour.
Remember to book your unforgettable Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour and grab a souvenir reminder of your visit to this unique and important part of the world.
Have a picnic at the shady tables before you head off to explore the rest of the park.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is in Mon Repos Conservation Park, 14km east of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area.
- From the park entrance, follow Rookery Road for 750m to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Getting to Mon Repos
- From Walker Street in Bundaberg, drive along Fe Walker Street and Burnett Heads Road for 7km.
- Take the second exit onto Port Road at the Burnett Heads Road roundabout.
- Travel for 4km before turning right onto Grange Road.
- Drive 1.8km along Grange Road as it becomes Mon Repos Road.
- The park entrance is on your left.
There are vehicle access changes in place until mid-December 2019. Rookery Road into the park is closed to public motor vehicles while construction is in progress to renew visitor facilities. This is for visitor safety while construction vehicles and heavy machinery are in use.
Follow the signs to the car park at the end of Mon Repos Road, just south of the park. From here shuttle buses will take you into the park for your Turtle Encounter.
Ride and walk
- Follow the Turtle trail from Bargara or Burnett Heads.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
You can park your car at the Turtle Centre.
Fuel and supplies
You can get fuel and supplies at Bargara and Bundaberg.
The Mon Repos Turtle Centre and toilets are wheelchair accessible.
When to visit
- The Turtle Centre is open nightly from 9 November 2019 for Turtle Encounters, and during the day from 18 November 2019.
- Normal operating hours are as follows:
- daily between 8am and 5pm during the turtle breeding season (November to late March), except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
- 7pm–1am for Turtle Encounter tour participants
- between 8am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday for the rest of the year.
- It is closed on public holidays.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
Mon Repos Conservation Park has a mild subtropical climate. In summer, average temperatures are between 20ºC and 30ºC while winter average temperatures are between 10ºC and 25ºC. Most of the rain falls between December and March.
Permits and fees
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.
Connect to our QldParks wi-fi in the centre.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- The park, trails, beaches and offshore waters of Mon Repos Conservation Park and Great Sandy Marine Park are closed between 15 October and 30 April, from 6pm to 6am.
- From November to late March, you can visit the park during the restricted times on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour.
- Do your bit to help turtle hatchlings—Cut the Glow to help Turtles Go.
- Help nesting and hatchling turtles by flattening large sandcastles and filling in holes on the beach.
- Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- You can put your rubbish in the bins in the centre.
- You need to bring your own drinking water.
- Your feet will get wet on this walk and we recommend that you walk at low tide when there's less water to cross.
- You can protect the fragile dunes and breeding turtles by staying off the sand dunes.
- Protect eggs and hatchlings by only using beach umbrella below the high tide mark.
- You may encounter adult and hatchling marine turtles on the beach. Stay well clear and do not disturb them.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.