Mon Repos Turtle Rookery is the largest and most accessible Loggerhead Turtle Rookery on the Australian Mainland. Each year from November to March, turtles come ashore and nest, followed six to eight weeks later by the emergence of baby 'hatchling' from their sandy nests. Guided tours operate nightly during the season by Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Rangers allow close up experiences with these ancient mariners.
Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the Eastern Australian mainland and is one of the two largest Loggerhead turtle rookeries in the South Pacific Ocean. Successful breeding here is critical for the survival of this endangered species. More people visit Mon Repos every year to watch nesting turtles and emerging turtle hatchlings. Although turtles nest along the entire between Woodgate and the Town of 1770 - long isolated beaches and darkness contribute to few being seen. Turtles are also easily disturbed - which makes Mon Repos an ideal place for a chance to see these ancient mariner. To manage turtle watching at Mon Repos, the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service has implemented ticketed beach access. On some nights, this may mean that not all visitors will be able to view nesting turtles.
Turtles are wild marine animals - sightings are never guaranteed and on occasional evenings, turtles do not arrive. Nesting turtles are best viewed after dark one hour before to two hours after high tide from mid November to February. However, turtles can nest at any time of night and late afternoon and early morning sightings are not uncommon. Turtle hatchlings are best viewed from January to the end of March between 7pm and midnight.