Turtles

Hundreds of tiny footprints linking the sand dunes to the sea are a tell-tale sign of turtle hatchlings starting their life at Mon Repos beach. A few months earlier, a mother turtle had dragged her large frame up the beach to above the high tide mark to carefully lay her eggs in the largest turtle rookery in the South Pacific. Witnessing this rare sight — a once a year dash to the water’s edge — is one of Queensland’s top animal encounters that you can experience in the Bundaberg region.

When and where to see the turtles

  • November to January: Mother turtles come ashore to nest at Mon Repos
  • January to late March: Tiny hatchlings take their first flips towards the shore at Mon Repos
  • All year round: Swim with the sea turtles that call Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island home!

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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip to Lady Elliot Island

Multiple Locations
Lady Elliot Island is now open and operating in compliance with an Industry COVID SAFE Plan. Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef (north of Fraser Island).

Lady Musgrave Experience

Multiple Locations
Lady Musgrave Experience – The Best Experience On The Great Barrier Reef. Experience the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef from the closest accessible departure point, only a four hour drive north or 45 minute flight from Brisbane.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27.45 - 66.15
Mon Repos Turtle Centre reopened 13 June 2020. Opening hours: 10am to 2pm, seven days a week. Please visit their website or contact the business for everything you need to know before you visit. No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre.

Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
***Note: In response to COVID-19, Mon Repos Turtle Centre is Closed until further notice.*** Mon Repos Conservation Park is a quiet coastal oasis where you can enjoy walking and cycling tracks and experience the wonder of a turtle encounter.
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