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 North Burnett 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