Bundaberg is well known for its rum and polar bears. Less well known is the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter, held from November to March each year and operated by expert guides – the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers and the volunteers who return year after year to assist in the conservation of endangered loggerhead turtles.
On Bundaberg’s coastline, the beach at Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland, and the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef also hosts an immersive, underwater turtle encounter around the coral cays of Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave islands. The pristine coral reefs off the islands are home to giant marine life, including turtles and manta rays.
Bundaberg operators Lady Musgrave Experience and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offer daily departures to the islands for day trips and overnight stays. Overnight guests to the islands will be able to engage with guided turtle nesting and hatching activities under the supervision of trained island staff, including marine biologists and Master Reef Guides.
Tickets are limited this season to comply with the park’s COVID-safe plan, so holidaymakers are encouraged to get in quick to secure a booking.
Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre to learn from the rangers in the brand-new interactive facility or book a reef trip to swim with turtles around the islands.
Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tickets are on sale now. A full range of island day trips and overnight accommodation options are available year-round, all through the Bundaberg Region Visitor Information Centres or online at bundabergregion.org.