Everything you need to know about Turtle season in Bundaberg

Everything you need to know about Turtle season in Bundaberg

Bundaberg is all about Turtles from October until April. We are lucky enough to have the largest concentration in the whole South Pacific of Loggerhead Turtles nesting and hatchlings at Mon Repos Beach. Every year over 400 turtles nest on our beaches and the surrounding islands of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot every year! Pretty Special right! 

We have provided this blog to give our visitors as much information about the Turtle Season here in Bundaberg as we can!

Turtles Facts

 

A turtle’s history and journey is a real special one!

 

Some live until they’re 80 years old and can get up to 900 kg! Whoa that is a lot of plankton!

 

Did you know the temperature of the nest will determine the sex of the hatchlings?

 

Once laid, the eggs will incubate for 6-8 weeks until the hatchlings erupt out of the sand beginning their journey along the East Australian Current (EAC Dude)

 

Light pollution is one of the biggest threats to the marine turtles survival. Our region has a Low Glow understanding where we all try to do our bit to reduce the light pollution during turtle season. Thanks to Greenfleet, Bundaberg Regional Council, Sea Turtle Alliance, Bundaberg Tourism, The Walt Disney Co and the Princes Trust Australia for coming together to protect our turtles.

 

Low Glow

 

Sign the Low Glow Pledge Here

Turtle Tours

Ranger Guided Tours are operated from Mon Repos Turtle Centre nightly from 9th of November until 24th of March 2019. Except 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12

There are some changes this year, with works on the upgrade to the centre starting in October. Please read for information on parking and access to the centre during the works.

Visitors need to at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre between 6 pm and 6.45 pm.

Your night starts with wandering through the dimly lit (to protect our turtles) reserve to the Turtle Centre. Hear you will be given your Tour Group sticker which are pre-allocated by the rangers based on the date of booking.

While waiting for a turtle to do its thing, there is a visitor centre with where you can learn more about turtles and the conservation efforts to increase their numbers as well as an outdoor auditorium where documentaries about Mon Repos and Turtles are shown through the night

For the young ones there is Junior Ranger activities to keep them occupied however feel free to brings board games, cards or a tablet just incase.

Once your group number is called you make your way along the boardwalk to the beach with a Ranger and Turtle volunteer to experience this truly natural encounter. Picture a secluded beach at night with minimal light pollution so the stars are amazing and baring witness to a mum laying her eggs or a clutch of hatchlings running down the beach to the moonlit ocean. Really really special!

Please read The Mon Repos Turtle Encounter FAQ for the ins and outs of how the Tours operate.

 

Bookings

We cannot express enough to ensure you BOOK IN ADVANCE. You will be really disappointed if you try to book while you are here. The turtles are really popular. There are no tickets available at Mon Repos on the night!

You can book direct here

Or you can book one of our Turtle Packages which includes a discount on accommodation and breakfast

Or contact us to add a ticket to your stay

 

The Turtle Express

The Turtle Express includes return transfers from Kellys Beach Resort to the Rookery as well as the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter.

You can check out our Turtle Express Package which includes a discount on accommodation and breakfast.

Or you can book direct with Bundaberg Coach Tours

Secret insider Turtle Tips:

  • Missed out on a ticket or here from 25th March until end of April? Turtles nest all along our beaches so feel free to go for a walk along the beach (conscious of noise and light pollution of course) and you never know your luck. There are volunteers patrolling the beaches until May so they will advise you what to do!
  • Hatchling Tours typically happen quicker than Nesting Tours.
  • Bring bug repellant.
  • Turtles don’t mind the rain so tours will operate in all weather except, lightning or extreme weather events.
  • Bring a torch on tour as you may be lucky enough to use the light to guide a little hatchling to the ocean

Why we love winter!

Why we love winter!

This is our favourite time of year! As a family we come from Melbourne originally so Winter is just perfect for us, not too hot, not too cold and its the only time we get the warm pj’s out! Weather aside we have put together our Top 10 Reasons why we love Winter here in Bundaberg on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. There is no way we could rank them so they are in no particular order. We hope your enjoy the read and we look forward to sharing our special part of Queensland with you next time you visit!

Manta Migration at Lady Elliot Island.
From May – August Mantas make their annual migration along the east coast and their favourite pit stop is Lady Elliot.

Water Visibility is at it’s Best
Wether your snorkelling at Lady Musgrave Island, Lady Elliot Island or along the many reef systems accessible from our mainland beaches, Winter by far has the best underwater visibility!

Fresh & Local Produce
The Farms come alive at this time of year! We love how you can pick up all the veg and fruit you need from theroad side farm stallsand markets. Here is a great seasonal guideto what produce is available when.

Winterfeast
Is Bundaberg’s 10 Day Festival celebrating everything fresh and local in our Region. There are cocktail making events, farmers markets, and we are having our own Saucing Local event at the resort this year too! Book in advance, the events sell out!

Pick your own Strawberries
This is a great activity on a winter afternoon! Tinaberries & SSS Strawberries offer this experience to visitors. There is something really awesome about eating something you have picked yourself, plus they are delicious!

The Best Value Holidays
From May to early September we have our Stay Pay Deals, where we give you a night for FREE. Plus the Winter School Holidays are in our Off Season so you get an awesome price and the kids have a ball! Our Pool is heated
too!

Winter School Holidays
Our Winter School Holidays are by far the best value of all School Holidays. If you book in early enough you can even book our stay pay deals! Check out our School Holiday Deals

Sunrise & Sunset
The absolute sparkling clarity that Winter brings to Sunsets and Sunrises is just breath taking! At Monies Creek causeway you can see the sun go down and the moon come up. Champagne is optional!

Deserted Beaches
Our beaches don’t get too busy at the best of times however obviously there are not as many people swimming this time of year. You will not have any trouble finding a spot all to yourself. Read here for our favourite secluded beaches, where sometimes even when it is busy you can have the beach to yourself.

Whale Season
The first humpback has already been spotted. We will see them around until the beginning of October.

Our favourite secluded beaches in Bundaberg!

Our favourite secluded beaches in Bundaberg!

Off the back of our first blog the Top 10 Things we love about Winter in Bundaberg on the Southern Great Barrier Reef comes ‘Our Favourite Secluded Beaches’ Blog. We are pretty lucky here to still have secluded beaches. Even though they’re at there most secluded during the winter months, even over January you can still get a beach to yourself if you know where to look!

Our busiest beaches are not even that crazy at the busiest time of year so we also love Archies Beach and Kellys Beach too, which are only 2 minutes walk away from the resort!

 

Rifle Range Beach

Our favourite part of Rifle Range Beach is the natural coastal bush that you walk through and that shelters the beach. There is no car park in sight and the bush protects it from the road.

At low tide there is great rock pools and Rifle Range Creek can be explored. Great place to chase ghost crabs too.

If you have bikes (you can hire some from us) there is a great path that weaves along Rifle Range Creek and along the Coast.

It is so beautifully peaceful.

 

Neilson’s Beach

Neilo’s as it is affectionately known by us locals, is our local Surf Beach. Nippers and Surf Carnivals are held here, so if you’re after seclusion plan around these events.

This is a lovely beach with an awesome Park for the kids, a basketball court, exercise equipment close by and showers! The bike path goes right past here so you could even ride down, it is only 3. 8 km. You could definitely make a day out of Neilson’s Park.

Psst, there is also awesome coffee too. Check out Sea Bean for their opening hours

 

Elliot Heads Beach

Elliot Heads is one of Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reefs best kept secrets. The river meets the ocean here and the colours and the view is spectacular, we reckon it even gives the Whitsundays a run for its money.

On low tide you can walk across the sand to Dr Mays Island (in season as closed for nesting birds) and even get glimpses of Coonar Beach. It seems like the beach goes on forever here in three different directions!

There is Driftwood Cafe that has burgers and chips too, so make an afternoon of it!

 

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach is just over 40 minute drive but well worth it! This has got to be the most untouched part of the Bundaberg Region sitting in the Burrum Coast National Park. Just down the road from the beach is the unmissable Theodolite Creek. If you can plan it go on dusk or dawn to check out the kangaroos.

There is a great cafe just across the road from the beach, if you need a coffee for the return drive Russo Nature park is only 20 minutes away too which has a nice easy 30 minute walk through bush to a lookout!

Come stay in one of our Eco Villas at  Kellys Beach Resort when exploring the beaches of Bundaberg!
Blog written by Loni Springer and lover of everything Bundaberg and Nature