Turtles are some of the most majestic and well-loved animals to roam our oceans. Luckily the Queensland coast is home to a number of turtle nesting beaches. The nesting season happens from November to January, while the hatching occurs from January to March.
At The Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Bundaberg, you can witness an ancient life cycle of the animal kingdom, as sea turtles make their journey from sea to shore to lay their eggs. Then delight at the sight of their young hatching months later, and making their perilous journey to the sea.
All the turtle action occurs at the Mon Repos Conservation Park, which supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland.
But you can’t just randomly wander down to the beach to watch the turtle spectacle unfold — you need to go on a guided tour with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking on the beach and bring a torch too. You will be asked to keep it off for most of the night, as the turtles are attracted to light and it can confuse them. But there will be times when the ranger asks you to turn it on so you can help guide the turtles back to the ocean.
After your evening witnessing the turtles, there’s lots to see and do in the Bundaberg region. Take a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island and really get up close and personal with the ocean. If you choose the Lady Musgrave Experience, you can enjoy a walking tour of the uninhabited island, a trip in a glass bottom boat, followed by free time to snorkel or dive on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also enjoy fabulous local seafood for lunch.