From November to March each year visitors to Mon Repos can witness one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles, the nesting and hatching of loggerhead, flatback and green sea turtles. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service runs nightly guided tours and provides talks during those months.
Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region.
In fact, of the eight known species of the world’s sea turtles, four of these have been recorded as nesting at Mon Repos, including an occasional leatherback turtle, a record held by no other place in the world.
The most suitable time to view both nesting and hatching turtles is of a night. The turtle nesting season runs from mid-November to mid-February and the turtle hatchlings season runs from mid-January until late March.
Bookings for turtle nesting and hatching tours with Queensland Parks and Wildlife can be made by contacting the Bundaberg West Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4153 8888 or by visiting http://www.bookbundabergregion.com.au.
The Turtle Trail
The Turtle Trail is a 6.4km walking and cycling path connecting Kelly Beach at Bargara, south of Mon Repos, to Burnett Heads harbour, north of Mon Repos. The trail was constructed to improve accessibility to the Mon Repos area and it travels through the Mon Repos Conservation Park and past Turtle Sands. Natural features of the trail include saltpans, freshwater ponds, mangroves, melaleuca forests and beautiful coastal scenery.
Beach & Water Recreation
Come for the turtles but stay for the beauty and relaxation that only Turtle Sands can offer. The natural surroundings of the park create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere where colourful birds and kangaroos can often be observed in their natural habitats.
Turtle Sands has direct and absolute beach frontage. Enjoy the sunshine, swim or sail in the stinger-free surf.
Mon Repos beach is widely regarding as one of the best surfing spots in the area and snorkeling can be undertaken along the headlands at the northern and southern ends of the beach. Beach and estuary fishing is also right at your doorstep.
The coastal waters adjacent to Mon Repos, Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads are within the Great Sandy Marine Park and offer anglers a unique experience for reef fishing. Boat ramps are located within 10 minutes’ drive at Burnett Heads, Bargara, Innes Park and Elliott Heads.
Five minutes’ drive from Turtle Sands, Bargara Beach is the region’s most developed seaside centre and a hub of fine eating establishments from cafes, to pubs, and restaurants. All essential services including supermarkets, petrol stations and medical centres are available at Bargara.
The Bundaberg Region
There is plenty to see and do in the Bundaberg and Coral Coast area. If you are looking for more than the wide sweeping beaches at Mon Repos, then the following local attractions offer a wide range of things to do and see:
- Bundaberg Rum – Tour the Bundaberg Rum Distillery to see the making of one of the world’s best loved rums.
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer Factory – Discover the secrets of Bundaberg Ginger Beer with the True Brew Experience Tour and a variety of hands-on activities.
- Schmeiders Cooperage and Craft Centre – Bundaberg’s original cooperage where you can watch coopers at work
- Hinkler Hall of Aviation – The Hinkler Hall of Aviation pays tribute to Bert Hinkler who was significant in the advancement of aviation during the early 20th century
- Hinkler House and Botanic Gardens – Spend a day in the sub-tropical surrounds of the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens or visit Bert Hinkler’s house which he named ‘Mon Repos’.
- Great Barrier Reef – Day Cruises to the ‘Ladies of the Reef’, Lady Elliott and Lady Musgrave Islands are available through the Bundaberg Visitor Centre
- Whale watching tours are also available from mid-August to mid-October each year.