Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours
The best time to visit Mon Repos is between November and late March when you can witness one of the animal kingdom’s most ancient life cycles.
Book a spot and join our Park Rangers on a tour to see nesting (November–January) or hatching (January–March) sea turtles. Gather around a majestic female as she lays her eggs, or watch young hatchlings dig free and hustle down the beach.
No-one else is allowed on the beach at these times and the popular tours have limited places. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
While the Park Rangers search the beach for turtles, you can enjoy the displays, browse through the shop and watch presentations in the amphitheatre.
After your tour, drop into the Turtle Centre for your $2 certificate, and to buy a memento of your turtle encounter.
Back at the centre, remember to post photos of your turtle encounter and tag #QldParks and #southerngreatbarrierreef
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
- 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.
- You can catch a bus to Mon Repos during the turtle nesting season.
- Contact the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre for details.
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 at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Fuel and supplies
You can get fuel and supplies at Bargara and Bundaberg.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
- From November to late March, you can visit the park during the restricted times on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tour. Mon Repos Conservation Park has limited opening hours during the turtle breeding season. Unless you're on a Turtle Encounter tour, the park, trails, beaches and offshore waters are closed between 15 October and 30 April, from 6pm to 6am.
- The Mon Repos Turtle Centre opens at 7pm for tour participants.
- 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
Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tours
- Book through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre—online, by phoning (07) 4153 8888, or in person at 36 Avenue Street, Bundaberg East.
Effective 26 September 2019
|Ticket||Price (single visit)||Notes|
|Adult||$27.00||15 years and older|
|Family||$65.00||A group of up to four related people, comprising of two adults and two children. The child ticket price applies to any additional children.|
|Concession||$14.00||A person is eligible for a 'card' concession if they have a Centrelink-issued Commonwealth Seniors Health card; Health Care card; Pensioner Concession card; Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold, White or Orange DVA card; secondary school official student photo identification card; or full-time student card from a tertiary institution (TAFE or university).|
|Education groups||$12.00/person||Primary and secondary school groups.|
Thank you—when you purchase a ticket, you are contributing to the conservation of marine turtles.
Things to know
- You need to arrive at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre by 7pm.
- Bring a warm jacket and footwear appropriate for the beach, and bring drinking water and insect repellent. Bring wet weather gear but leave umbrellas at home.
- Limited photography is allowed on the beach.
- The turtles don’t arrive on cue and you may need to wait in the Turtle Centre for several hours.
- Once the turtles arrive, a Park Ranger will guide your group onto the beach—where your adventure truly begins!
- 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.
- You don't need an organised events permit for the Turtle Encounter tours.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.
You can connect to our free Wi-Fi at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
- Wear suitable beach footwear, a warm jacket and protection from wet weather. Umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
- Bring drinking water and insect repellent.
- You can buy food and drinks.
- Do your bit to help turtle hatchlings—Cut the Glow to help Turtles Go.
- 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 and forests.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- You can put your rubbish in the bins in the Turtle Centre.
- You need to bring your own drinking water.