- Duration: 4 Hours
Enjoy travelling in safety and comfort to Mon Repos Turtle Rookery to experience this amazing natural encounter!
- Moonlit Turtle Encounter Experience
- Safe & Comfortable Return Transport
What an amazing experience; being there for the first moments of the life of a member of an endangered species... this is what is offered to you at Mon Repos Turtle Rookery! Visit early in the season (November - mid January) and see the adult turtles digging their nests and laying their eggs, come along later on and see the baby turtles hatching (mid January - March)!
All you have to do is book with Bundaberg Coaches onto the Turtle Express and it's all taken care of for you - your transport and your turtle encounter.
Book early to avoid disappointment - Turtle Season starts from November and runs until March!
All available dates will be shown in maroon. If you cannot choose your preferred date, this means there is no Turtle Express on that night.
The 2018/19 season commences 9 November 2018 and runs until 24 March 2019 and bookings are available from October 2018 onwards.
Departure TimeThe Turtle Express collects you from your accommodation in Bundaberg or Bargara and returns you there at the end of the night.
- Departure from Bundaberg is between 5.30pm and 5.50pm
- Departure from Bargara is between 5.50pm and 6.20pm
Please be aware that although turtles appear most nights, there is always the possibility of there being no activity at all on any given night during the season due to the fact you are experiencing a natural encounter. The Mon Repos Turtle Encounter does operate until after midnight and while most of the Turtle Express groups do finish before this time, it is important that you are aware that the experience can finish late.
Terms & Conditions
There are no discounts for not using the transport portion of the Turtle Express.
The tour cost is non-refundable however a date change can be requested prior to the cut-off time of 11.00am on the day of travel. Transfer of your booking to a different date is not guaranteed as it is subject to availability.
Sightings are never guaranteed as turtles are classed as wild marine animals - some nights they may not show at all. Therefore, refunds are not given if you do not actually see any turtle activity on the night of your booking. All fees go toward continuing turtle research as well as providing the centre's displays and the films shown.
There are no set tour times and, once again, sightings can never be guaranteed. By booking on the Turtle Express you are agreeing to return to the vehicle once your group has been on the beach and experienced the natural Turtle Encounter. No refund will be given if you choose to stay at the centre longer than the rest of your group and arrange alternate return transport.
The group you are in is automatically allocated based on booking order and cannot be changed. There is no service available that can change this allocation or guarantee which group you will be placed in. It is important to be aware no matter where you book, the Turtle Encounter is a natural encounter and therefore you may have to wait two hours or more before going down onto the beach. The total visit time at Mon Repos can be up to 6 hours.
Although turtles appear most nights, there is always the possibility of there being no activity at all on any given night during the season due to the fact you are experiencing a "natural encounter". Rangers will bring guests down to the beach as soon as they can once they spot turtle activity. All turtle watching guidelines given by the rangers must be followed at all times. If a guest does not follow these guidelines, they may be asked to leave the Mon Repos Conservation Park at any time and without notice. In this instance, no refund will be granted. Neither the Queensland Government nor Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism or their affiliates offer any responsibility for guests or their belongings whilst at the Mon Repos Conservation Park.
Turtles are rarely affected by rain and as such the tour will operate in almost all weather conditions, including rain (but not in dangerous conditions). If tours are going to be cancelled, it will be a decision of the Mon Repos Rangers and Bundaberg Coaches will endeavour to contact all Turtle Express passengers to advise of this as early as is possible.
Child seats for infants/children are not supplied but can be fitted into all of our vehicles.
Smoking, alcohol & pets are not permitted at the Turtle Centre, surrounds and beach as Mon Repos is a Conservation Park.
Accessibility & Reasonable Physical Ability
Please be aware you may need to walk up to 1.6km return trip along the beach from the turtle centre to get to nesting & hatching sites. On the beach there will be water, soft sand, rocks, branches, sticks, and pebbles so it is recommended you wear closed in walking shoes or sandshoes. While the group does move slowly to accommodate children and those with mobility issues, a reasonable physical ability is required.
Please be aware that Mon Repos Beach has limited vehicle access in the event of an emergency.