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“It is a great marine (turtle) sanctuary. You can see the turtles coming to land to lay eggs and the hatching process.” 5 of 5 stars
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Mon Repos
Mon Repos Road, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
07 4153 8888
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Ranked #1 of 7 Activities in Bundaberg
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours, Adventure
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Watch loggerhead turtles nest on the beach
Melbourne, Australia
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“It is a great marine (turtle) sanctuary. You can see the turtles coming to land to lay eggs and the hatching process.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

It is well organized to visit with kids. Good talks and presentations by rangers. Great team to make the public part of the experience.

Visited January 2013
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“Turtle Sanstuary - Tranquil. Great information centre.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Tranquil and informative.
A turtle sanctuary with lots of information about the turtles and a rookery where the eggs are laid and turtles hatch and scamper for the water.

Turtle Season is around October to April.

Tours are around dark and heavily booked. Book ahead.

We missed seeing the turtles arrive and depart as we were there outside the tour times.

I'm told if you get there around 05:30AM you may see turtles lay eggs without going on a tour.

Went there during the day at around 06:30AM , before the tours started.

Wandered along the beach and visited the Information Centre. The area is very natural and peaceful outside the tour times.

Visited January 2013
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“Very popular, book ahead!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We booked most of a week ahead and ended up in the fourth group to go out, so it definitely pays to be prepared. The rangers and volunteers do their very best to keep everyone entertained while you're waiting, and as soon as they see turtle activity out on the beach they stop what they're doing to get people out there.
I remember going when I was younger and I got to see turtles hatching and running off to the sea, and this time around we saw a loggerhead turtle nesting. It has gotten more popular over the years, so the group size for each viewing is about 50 people which makes it a little harder to get a clear view, though the rangers do tell people to move around so everyone gets a chance to see.
If you're interested in seeing turtles hatch, you're best off going later in the season as they'll mostly be nesting until mid-January or so, and you're more likely to get out there earlier. We went in early January and our group didn't get to head out until 11pm, which didn't bother us, but some of the children around were nodding off by then.

All in all I would highly recommend this experience as it is amazing to be able to watch the turtles nesting and hatching, and is far preferable to watching captive animals. Even if you leave a little bit sleepy, anyone who gets out to see the turtles seems to leave happy!

Visited January 2013
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“Nice encounter with nature...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

When we planned our trip to Bundy we thought Mon Repos was going to be ideal for my 9 year old daughter, honestly other attractions in the area are not really designed for kids. Mon Repos did not disappoint us at all, seeing one of the big turtles nesting and laying eggs was really incredible, the guides are really knowledgeable and gave us clear explanation about the turtles. This is an attraction not to be missed. It is important to book in advance as people is allocated in groups depending on the time of booking not the time of arrival, in our case we booked two months in advanced and were allocated to the first group (out of 5) and our tour finished around 9pm.....

Visited December 2012
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“Wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We booked 2 months ahead which got us into the first group. The night we went it was very very dark due to no moon and being overcast. We were taken down the "northern" walk way, during the day i am sure it is just a short walk but in pitch black conditions it seemed a long way, you can have a "small" torch but use of the torch is limited to just a couple of people as lights deter turtles from coming in to lay eggs. The path was bituman - but - we had a lady in our group who had some physical issues and she just could not keep up, the tour guide went back to speak to her and we did not see her again so what happend i dont know, even if she had made it to the sand dunes she would have had major problems negotiating the dunes, so if you have issues walking i would check with the information center and see what the best option is for you.
We got to the sand dunes and the turtle was already there, she has actually climbed right up into the dunes themselves something our guide had not seen in her 10 years as a guide. Our guide said they would probably reposition the eggs later or the hatchlings would have problems getting to the beach.
There were 60 in our group really i think that is to many people, we were told to sit on the dunes but in our group we has 2 very very large people who sat themselves at the very front making it difficult for others to see what was happening.
After the egg laying we walked back along the beach to the information center and that was easier than walking down the bituman path. I think watching turtles hatch would be a little more interesting than watching eggs being lays but still a very interesting evening.
Take strong bug repelant.

Visited January 2013
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