Turtle Encounters at Mon Repos

by | Nov 12, 2021

From November to January, loggerhead turtles make their annual trek to Mon Repos, Bundaberg to lay their eggs. They spend most of their lives in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide but there are few places where they hatch their young.  Weeks after these gentle giants have returned to the sea, their hatchlings emerge and follow them, continuing the circle of life.

It’s a beautiful process to witness firsthand and with a Mon Repos Turtle Entour tour, you can experience this miracle responsibly, without endangering nesting mothers, fragile eggs or tiny hatchlings. Here’s some of what you can expect:

A bit of a walk

You may need to walk up to 1.6km to get to the spot and once you’ve arrived you’ll have to stand as you wait.

Some unpredictability

The turtles are creatures of nature and as such may not come out exactly when we expect them to. This may cause your tour to start a bit later.

A slight chill

It can be cold and windy on the beach at night so dress for the weather and pack extra layers of clothing if you’re especially susceptible to the cold.

Restrictions on lights

Artificial lights can disturb the turtles so you must follow the instructions including dimming the screens on any devices you’re carrying and not carrying glow sticks. 

When permitted to do so, you’ll want to take a photo to remember your Turtle Encounter. Of course, the experience is so memorable that you won’t need a memento to recall it in detail for the rest of your life. If you happen to stay with us, you may also be lucky enough to see turtles nesting and hatching at Moore Park Beach. See you next season!