Mon Repos Turtle Encounter
Mon Repos Turtle Encounter
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Mon Repos Turtle Encounter is the only ranger-guided turtle encounter available on the east-coast and is instrumental in the research into turtle conservation, specifically the endangered Loggerhead turtles that frequent this beach. Take an unrivalled peak behind the curtain of a natural wonder thousands of years in the making at Mon Repos Conservation Park. Watch as mother turtles lay their clutches of eggs from November – January on a ranger-guided tour at the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter. In January – March form a pathway to the ocean for the baby turtles as they begin their dangerous journey into adolescence with only 1 in 1000 turtles making it to maturity. Come witness a miracle at the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter and create memories to last a lifetime.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • sarah k
    1 contribution
    Double nest hatching
    We were the last group out and saw not one but two nests hatching! Even the rangers were surprised! We had taken torches with us and all 6 of our group were lucky enough to stand in the middle as the little hatchlings ran to the sea to begin their journey. It was pouring with rain but it didn't matter, nothing could have spoilt that moment. We had quite a wait but the rangers gave talks and were very informative and it seemed to fly by before it was our turn. We even came across a snake on the path and the rangers were so careful with it to make sure it was safe and out of danger. Best experience ever and exactly how I'd hoped it would be
    Hi T932UKsarahk, It sounds like you had an amazing time watching the hatchlings scurry to the sea. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We are so happy that you got to share this special moment with your family here at Mon Repos. We hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Jenna
    Written 8 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2023
  • JAMGT
    Airlie Beach, Australia19 contributions
    Wonderful experience, just be patient!!
    Incredible experience thanks to the turtles, Rangers and friendly volunteers. We were lucky to see a loggerhead turtle lay eggs, after abandoning its first nesting attempt and then restarting. Then we were able to watch another turtle emerge from the water right next to our group. Our group (2) left the building to see the turtle at 840pm and returned at about 1030pm - a long night for our young kids but well worth it. SUGGESTION: read through all of the Mon Repos information on the Queensland Parks & Wildlife service website, as the actual booking site only provides limited information
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
  • A_TAdvisor_Member
    Brisbane, Australia58 contributions
    Wonderful!
    First of all, thank you to volunteer, Sarah - so, so kind and caring and really made a difference. What a wonderful experience! We did not see any hatchlings, however we did see 131 eggs being laid by a 50 year old Loggerhead - her third batch this season. We were aware that wild creatures do things to their own timetable and our patient wait was worth every second. We were a small party of adults but could see that children were well catered for with the interactive museum and activity books.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Winson T
    3 contributions
    A great place to visit and experience in Bundaberg
    The sight of turtles laying eggs is indeed touching. The ranger was very experienced, I would say. He is very knowledgeable and is able to explain and articulate what the turtle is going through while laying eggs. I was there in the museum for a while before we were gathered to view the event on the beach at about 2100 hours. I guess we are lucky that the tide is good on that day and the turtle turns up early. Get ready for insect repellent if you were to visit the beach to witness the egg-laying turtles and hatchings.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
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jamnat2
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Overall very interesting and educational however I would like to point out that walking in the dark on a very dark night without a moon is very dangerous for any age group. In my opinion the spotlight being carried by the ranger at the front of the group should also be repeated at the rear of the group. I can foresee a fall resulting in serious injury as a result of these rules.
Written 27 February 2024
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Winson T
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The sight of turtles laying eggs is indeed touching. The ranger was very experienced, I would say. He is very knowledgeable and is able to explain and articulate what the turtle is going through while laying eggs. I was there in the museum for a while before we were gathered to view the event on the beach at about 2100 hours. I guess we are lucky that the tide is good on that day and the turtle turns up early. Get ready for insect repellent if you were to visit the beach to witness the egg-laying turtles and hatchings.
Written 16 January 2024
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Pettitpatit
Sydney23 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Amazing experience. You will learn everything about sea turtles. Staff are super knowledgeable and friendly. Be ready to wait (mother nature). Bring snacks, rain coat (depending on forecast), mosquito repellent.
All worthy it.
Written 10 January 2024
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Egan S
11 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
First thing you need to know is this is not sea world …
Second thing you need to know … this is conservation first , with tourism as the by product
Third thing these are not trained animals , but are trained rangers and volunteers … so listen to them .

For the animals this is a five star review
- incredible majestic and beautiful
For the guides this is a five star review
- patient , knowledgeable and patient again ( see below
- for the other “tourists “ it’s a one star review …
Listen to the guides .. don’t take photos when you aren’t meant to … don’t walk off where you are meant to … don’t push in front of everyone
You are watching the turtle … not the hare

Slow and steady wins the race .

If you don’t want to wait - maybe this isn’t for you ..
if the turtle is your spirit animal then great things come to those who wait .

Four stars from our family of five .
Written 9 January 2024
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A_TAdvisor_Member
Brisbane, Australia58 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
First of all, thank you to volunteer, Sarah - so, so kind and caring and really made a difference. What a wonderful experience! We did not see any hatchlings, however we did see 131 eggs being laid by a 50 year old Loggerhead - her third batch this season. We were aware that wild creatures do things to their own timetable and our patient wait was worth every second. We were a small party of adults but could see that children were well catered for with the interactive museum and activity books.
Written 4 January 2024
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James O
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
Do not recommend - please don‘t go!
Very disappointing experience, rangers using torches and people are allowed to use flashlight to take photos as well as touching turtles. Group size way too big to be able to control crowd and to ensure noone is stepping on turtles. Sadly, just another tourist moneymaking scheme, if only I knew before I would have never visited this place. Please do your research and go see the turtles on the islands instead, free of charge and if you care about ethics and wellbeing of turtles this would certainly be the better choice.
Written 28 December 2023
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Hey James, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback and express your concerns. We would like to share with you some of the processes behind the evening: A large part of group size is that the number and placement of visitors in a group on the beach creates a light shield and blocks light from reaching the rest of the beach. So, the visitor group assists with active turtle conservation measures whilst on the beach. Larger and smaller groups have been trialed in the past and we have found that the current group size is optimal for shielding light, whilst still being manageable for optimal viewing for visitors, with Rangers striving to ensure all visitors have equal viewing opportunities at their event and all staff trained in the management of group movements on the beach. Throughout certain times of the evening (such as when moving groups along the beach) small torches (less than 100 lumens) are permitted to be used, and the Rangers will advise when it is safe to do so. All Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers and Turtle Guides are trained in the handling of hatchlings and work under strict animal ethics protocols. Whilst visitors are not allowed to handle hatchlings, they are now allowing visitors to hold their hand out flat to allow some turtles to run flippers over their hands, however this is only done for the few hatchlings that staff show around the group, the rest of the clutch remains in the holding enclosure. In addition to this, there is a short period during the turtle tours when photography is allowed. Visitors are asked to limit flash photography and to not take photos too close to the hatchlings. Once again, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback 😊 Warm Southern Great Barrier Reef regards,
Written 28 January 2024
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JAMGT
Airlie Beach, Australia19 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Incredible experience thanks to the turtles, Rangers and friendly volunteers.

We were lucky to see a loggerhead turtle lay eggs, after abandoning its first nesting attempt and then restarting. Then we were able to watch another turtle emerge from the water right next to our group.

Our group (2) left the building to see the turtle at 840pm and returned at about 1030pm - a long night for our young kids but well worth it.

SUGGESTION: read through all of the Mon Repos information on the Queensland Parks & Wildlife service website, as the actual booking site only provides limited information
Written 25 December 2023
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Lauren M
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
Worst experience ever and a waste of money.
Staff are not knowledgeable and uneducated was not focused on client service - cafe was great though and food was Yummy.

We arrived early at 5:30pm first one in, we paid a fortune in the cafe and was placed in group 2 with 3 little kids under the age of 8. Spent $120 on turtle toys to keep kids entertained.

Group 1 went out first and we were left sitting there for an hour waiting while the kids got restless. The ranger show was delayed and the male ranger giving the talk would not let any other children answer a question but one child who kept interrupting and yelling out over the other kids. This is the perfect time to engage all your clients and give other young ones a go. This just irritated my children more after not going in the first group and then being unable to answer a question.

We were told that group 1 would return from being out on the beach for an hour and then they’d be going first again due to not seeing a turtle the first time which then would push group 2 back again.

Just seemed really unfair and not what I expected. I expected two groups to be attending at the same time but in different groups.

We left at 9:45pm not seeing a turtle as it was just too late for the little kids and your not guaranteed to see a turtle however if both groups went together the chances would have been higher and the kids would have found it more so engaging like going on an adventure rather then just sitting at a uncomfortable table. No comfortable lounges to lounge around on and nap on due to the long waits.

Worst experience ever, save your money.
Go to green island to see the turtles there.

Also there’s no lighting walking to your cars which is a safety issue could fall and trip over.
Written 11 November 2023
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Hey Lauren, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this review with us. Whilst we are glad you enjoyed the Milbi Café, it sounds like your expectations throughout the rest of the evening weren’t met, and we apologise that you didn’t enjoy the experience. We wanted to share with you some of the processes behind the evening: Before they visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, we share with all guests that – you’re on turtle time! They are wild animals and it's a natural experience, so it’s up to them when they are ready to lay oremerge from the nest, and you could be waiting at the Centre for up to 5 hours. Groups are allocated on the day of your tour, prior to your arrival at the Centre, based on when your tickets were purchased as opposed to who arrives at the centre first or other factors such as ages. Whilst in an ideal world, it would be great to merge two groups together when turtle activity occurs, from having trialled larger groups in the past, we have found that larger groups do not allow for optimal viewing opportunities for visitors, and can contribute to disturbing the nesting mummas, who can be easily disrupted. As we mentioned earlier, nesting mummas and little hatchling cuties can be easily disrupted by things such as artificial light, hence why there is minimal lighting within the Conservation Park, Car Park and along the entire of the Woongarra Coast line. We have shared your feedback with the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, and once again, greatly appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback. Warm Southern Great Barrier Reef regards,
Written 7 December 2023
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Julie P
Narre Warren, Australia380 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Might be more I interesting for kids or if the turtles are hatching. But we found it pretty boring to be honest. Really is aimed more at children
Written 30 August 2023
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Hey Julie, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. Whilst Turtle Tours most certainly add a new level of excitement and energy to the centre during the Nesting & Hatching Season, the centre does offer a number of activities throughout the rest of the year, including the Turtle Tales Immersive Experience, Turtle Tracks and Tales Ranger Guided Walks and of course the Milbi Cafe, Indigenous Art Gallery and Gift Shop. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we'll be sure to pass this on to the Mon Repos Team :) Warm Southern Great Barrier Reef regards,
Written 16 October 2023
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Cheryl L
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
It is all about the tourists and them parting with their money, not about turtles or their conservation. I was very disappointed with the large groups (40+ people), and the interference with the baby turtles. They were held down in the nest for at least 15 minutes by a staff member with a large cloth over the nest, then placed in an enclosure for another 15 minutes so staff could talk and give visitors a photo opportunity.
Very disappointing
Written 2 April 2023
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Hi Cheryl, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback with us. A large part of group size is that the number and placement of visitors in a group on the beach creates a light shield and blocks light from reaching the rest of the beach. So, the visitor group assists with active turtle conservation measures whilst on the beach. Larger and smaller groups have been trialed in the past and we have found that the current group size is optimal for shielding light, whilst still being manageable for optimal viewing for visitors, with Rangers striving to ensure all visitors have equal viewing opportunities at their event and all staff trained in the management of group movements on the beach. All Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers and Turtle Guides are trained in the handling of hatchlings and work under strict animal ethics protocols. Once a hatchling emerges from its nest, it is placed into an enclosure for a short time while the remaining hatchlings emerge. This is to ensure the safety of the hatchlings whilst they are emerging with a group present. Sometimes it may take 15 minutes for the remaining hatchlings to emerge from the nest. Whilst hatchlings are emerging, our Rangers and Turtle Guides provide information to the group and ensure the group is correctly placed to ensure hatchling and visitor safety. Once hatchlings have emerged from the nest, a brief photo opportunity is provided to visitors before hatchlings run down to the ocean. Whilst hatchlings are never held down by a cloth, under animal ethics protocol staff are allowed to contain hatchlings in their natural nest, in the event that the hatchlings become active as the group approaches. This is only done for short periods of time and is extremely important as it allows us to ensure hatchlings are safe when a visitor group is present. Once again, we really appreciate you providing this feedback. Kind Regards,
Written 16 October 2023
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