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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Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27.00 - 65.00
Please Note: The Turtle Centre is Closed until further notice. This closure is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check park alerts for current advice on park closures. 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.

Lady Elliot Island

Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Area
Where else in the Great Barrier Reef can you walk less than 100 metres out of your door and slip on a snorkel, mask and flippers and be immersed in one of the seven wonders of the natural world? Lady Elliot Island is the Southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef and is home to nesting turtles, manta rays, migrating whales, resident and visiting bird populations among the natural and abundant reef life.
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