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About Mon Repos

Getting there and getting around

A boardwalk provides access around the turtle centre and to the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Governement.

A boardwalk provides access around the turtle centre and to the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Governement.

Beach view, Mon Repos Regional Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Beach view, Mon Repos Regional Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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Mon Repos is about a four and a half hour drive north from Brisbane and 15 minutes (14km) east of Bundaberg. Train, bus and plane transport is available to Bundaberg.

By car

From Bundaberg

Follow the signs to Bargara along Bargara Road. At Bargara Primary School turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs. Turn left into Rookery Road and travel a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

From Bargara

Travel along Bargara Road, following the signs to Bundaberg. At Bargara Primary School turn left into Potters Road. At the end of Potters Road, turn right at the T-intersection into Grange Road. Continue straight ahead onto Mon Repos Road and follow the signs. Turn left into Rookery Road and travel a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre car park.

By bike

During the day, visitors staying in the Bargara area can take advantage of the Turtle Trail, a bikeway that links Kelly’s Beach in Bargara, to Burnett Heads Harbour, a short drive east of Bundaberg. It takes in some of the most popular areas of the Coral Coast including Mon Repos Regional Park.

Bus services during turtle nesting season

A small number of companies provide bus transport to Mon Repos during turtle nesting season. Contact Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre for details.

Night beach access during turtle nesting season

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from mid-October to the end of April access to some areas of the park is not permitted between 6pm and 6am. This affects public access to the beach, the Mon Repos walking track and the Turtle Trail (from the Mon Repos Visitor Centre, north, to the park boundary).

Mon Repos turtle watching tours Turtle Encounters operate from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre 7pm nightly from November to late March. Bookings are essential and fees apply.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre and some walking tracks have wheelchair access.

Park features

This historic basalt stone wall was built by South Sea Islanders and can be viewed from the Turtle Trail. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

This historic basalt stone wall was built by South Sea Islanders and can be viewed from the Turtle Trail. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. This is the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific Ocean region. Successful breeding here is critical for the survival of this endangered species. At this globally-significant site you can learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them—visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and have a turtle encounter like very few others in the world.

The park's features also include Woongarra rainforest scrub remnants, mangroves, the site of Bert Hinkler's first glider flights, a tidal lagoon, rock pools and an historic basalt stone wall built by South Sea Islanders who were brought to Queensland from the 1880s to work in the sugar industry.

The basalt slabs and reefs that form much of this coastline provide an ideal canvas for colourful displays of corals, sponges, barnacles and shellfish. This stunning diversity of sea life so close to shore has made the Woongarra coast one of the most popular shore-diving areas in Australia.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Mon Repos Regional Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of accommodation options in Bargara and Bundaberg including camping. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Take a stroll along the Mon Repos walking track. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Governement.

Take a stroll along the Mon Repos walking track. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Governement.

Visitors participating in Turtle Encounters at Mon Repos. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Visitors participating in Turtle Encounters at Mon Repos. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre has stories to delight all ages. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre has stories to delight all ages. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Discover hidden creatures along the shoreline. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Discover hidden creatures along the shoreline. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

The park is a quiet retreat where you can walk along the beach and trails, explore the rock pools or snorkel on the fringing reef.

From November to late March each year, nesting sea turtles arrive and people visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre to witness one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles by participating in Turtle Encounters. Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre page for a complete guide to the turtle nesting season and information to plan your Turtle Encounters experience. Bookings are essential—limited numbers of tickets are available so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Walking and cycling

Track standards

  Easy—wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. No bushwalking experience required. Suitable for beginner bike riders.

 Mon Repos walking track

Distance: 4.5km return
Time: allow 2hrs
Details: A walking track heads south from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and explores the park behind the dunes on a leafy path. Take drinking water with you and wear sunscreen. Insect repellent is recommended.

This track's natural features include saltpans, freshwater ponds, mangroves, melaleuca forests and coastal scenery.

View the heritage listed stone wall that is about 1.5m tall and extends inland for 1.58km. South Sea Islanders built the wall around 1884 as they cleared rubble from the cane fields. Many similar walls once stood in the district, but only six exist today.

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from mid-October to the end of April this walking track is closed between 6pm and 6am.

  Turtle Trail

Details: A walking and cycling trail travels through Mon Repos Regional Park as part of the 7.7km Bundaberg Regional Council's Turtle trail walking and cycling track—a scenic trail that winds along Woongarra coast, linking Kelly's beach Bargara to Burnett Heads Port.

To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from mid-October to the end of April access from the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, north, to the park boundary is not permitted between 6pm and 6am.

Beach recreation

Swimming is not recommended at Mon Repos Beach as it is not patrolled by Queensland surf lifesavers. Swim at nearby patrolled beaches—visit the Bundaberg Regional Council's website for information about other patrolled beaches in this region.

Enjoy your beach recreation and help reduce hazards for turtles and visitors by flattening large sandcastles and filling in any holes you create before you leave.

Be aware that during the turtle breeding season Mon Repos beach is closed to public access from 6pm to 6am for turtle conservation. Read more about the Mon Repos Designated Area.

Boating

The coastal waters adjacent to Mon Repos Regional Park, Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliot Heads are within the Great Sandy Marine Park. Before you go boating, please ensure you are aware of the marine park zones and the management provisions.

See Great Sandy Marine Park for more information.

Read about how boaties can help protect marine life.

Things to know before you go

Spend some time learning about sea turtles in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Spend some time learning about sea turtles in the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

To enjoy your walk make sure you wear suitable clothing and carry plenty of drinking water. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

To enjoy your walk make sure you wear suitable clothing and carry plenty of drinking water. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • for walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt and carry drinking water and insect repellent.

Opening hours

Mon Repos Regional Park is open 24 hours a day all year round. To protect nesting and hatching turtles, from mid-October to the end of April access to some areas of the park is not permitted between 6pm and 6am. This affects public access to the beach, the Mon Repos walking track and the Turtle Trail (from the Mon Repos Visitor Centre, north, to the park boundary).

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre hours vary depending on the time of year. Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre page for opening hours.

Permits and fees

Entry to Mon Repos Regional Park is free. Fees apply for night access to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and Mon Repos Turtle Encounters during turtle season (November to March). Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre page for admission and booking details.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Regional Park. Penalties apply to people who bring domestic animals into the park.

Climate and weather

Mon Repos Regional Park has a mild subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Bargara and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Never walk alone; always walk with a group or in sight of another group. Stay on marked walking tracks and cycling trails. Let a responsible person know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Thieves use Mon Repos Regional Park too! While visiting the park, please ensure that you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables. Do not leave valuables unattended.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Hatchlings can become disorientated by bright lights, find out how you can help. Photo: Queensland Government.

Hatchlings can become disorientated by bright lights, find out how you can help. Photo: Queensland Government.

  • Help protect fragile sand dunes from erosion, and protect turtle eggs during the marine turtle breeding season (mid-October to end of April) by staying off the sand dunes.
  • Smoking is not permitted at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and surrounds or on the beach.
  • Please take your rubbish with you.
  • Leave your pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in Mon Repos Regional Park.
  • Nesting and hatchling marine turtles are disoriented by bright lights. Artificial lights interfere with their natural habits and instincts, resulting in negative impact on their population. Marine turtles are in trouble—they need our help to survive. For light reducing tips visit the Cut the Glow to Help Turtles Go campaign page.

Find out more about marine wildlife strandings—Queensland is experiencing fallout from the 2013 natural disasters and our marine animals are unfortunate victims.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The area now within Mon Repos Regional Park was declared an Environmental Park under the Land Act in 1990. In 1994 it was re-gazetted as a Conservation Park and in 2014 as a Regional Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It includes 45 hectares of beach and coastal vegetation.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg West Visitor Information Centre
www.bundabergregion.info
271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
PO Box 930, Bundaberg QLD 4670
ph (07) 4153 8888
fax (07) 4151 2527
email info@bundabergregion.org

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
17 December 2014