A large variety of turtles such as the loggerhead, green, leatherback and flatback nest from November to March each year from Bundaberg in the south, to the Cape in the tropical north, as well on the islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef (Lady Elliot Island, Heron Island, Wilson Island, and Lady Musgrave Island).
“The turtle season is a signature natural experience on Queensland’s calendar,” Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said. Visitors to the Southern Great Barrier Reef region have the rare opportunity to witness the magnificent marine turtle during nightly ranger-guided turtle encounters at the Mon Repos turtle rookery.
“Later in the season visitors can watch the tiny turtle hatchlings embark on life’s journey into the tropical waters off Queensland’s coastline. “This is an unparalleled Queensland natural encounter that should not be missed. “As the largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific, Mon Repos provides visitors with an unrivalled opportunity to see the most significant concentration of nesting marine turtles on Australia’s east coast,” Ms Stuckey said.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism General Manager Rick Matkowski said almost a year ago, Mon Repos was impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and this year’s season would demonstrate the resilience of the rookery which was back bigger and better.
For more information, contact the Bundaberg Information Centre (T +61 7 4153 0000) .