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Polar bears and turtle snorkelling in Bundaberg, Queensland

Polar bears and turtle snorkelling in Bundaberg, Queensland

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Lady Elliott Island Turtle holidays

Turtles in Bundaberg Image courtesy TEQ and Jesse Linderman
Turtles in Bundaberg Image courtesy TEQ and Jesse Linderman

Mon Repos Beach Turtle Nesting

Summer holidays are officially on the horizon in Bundaberg, Queensland, as tickets for the 2020/21 Mon Repos Turtle Encounter are on sale now.

Perhaps Bundaberg is more well known for their rum and polar bears but less well known is the Mon Repos Turtle Turtle Encounter, held from November to March each year, operated by the expert guides of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers and the volunteers who return year after year to assist in the conservation of the endangered loggerhead turtles.

The beach at Mon Repos, on Bundaberg’s coastline, supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. 

Lady Elliott Island and Lady Musgrave Island

The Southern Great Barrier Reef also hosts an immersive, underwater turtle encounter around the coral cays of Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island.

Daily departures to the islands are offered by Bundaberg operators Lady Musgrave Experience and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort for day trips and overnight stays. 

The pristine coral reefs off the islands are home to giant marine life including turtles and manta rays, and overnight guests on 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 for the Mon Repos Turtle Encounters

Tickets are limited this season to comply with the Park’s COVID-safe plan, so holiday makers are encouraged to get in quick to secure a booking or may consider a day-visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre to learn from the rangers in the brand-new interactive facility or a reef trip to swim with turtles around the islands.

Mon Repos Turtle Encounter tickets are on sale now and 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

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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