Turtle Hatching

Event Start Date:
November 1, 2016
Event End Date:
March 31, 2017
Event Venue:
Mon Repos National Park Queensland Australia

Hundreds of tiny footprints linkingthe sand dunes to the sea are a tell-tale sign of turtle hatchlings starting their life at Mon Repos beach.

A few months earlier, a mother turtle had dragged her large frame up the beach to above the high tide mark to carefully lay her eggs in the largest turtle rookery in the South Pacific. Witnessing this rare sight — a once a year dash to the water’s edge — is one of Queensland’s top animal encounters that you can experience in the Bundaberg North Burnett region.

When and where to see the turtles

  • November to January: Mother turtles come ashore to nest at Mon Repos
  • January to late March: Tiny hatchlings take their first flips towards the shore at Mon Repos
  • All year round: Swim with the sea turtles that call Lady Elliot Island home!

Get up close and personal with turtles. The Southern Great Barrier Reef is a haven for turtles and a great place to get up close and personal in their natural habitat.

The most famous place to see turtles is at Mon Repos National Park, on the coast near Bundaberg. Each year from November to March you can witness turtles nesting and hatching on the beach at night. It is an amazing sight to see these huge creatures heaving their way up the beach to find a safe spot to dig a nest and lay their eggs. And then, if you are lucky, to come back some 6-8 weeks later and see the tiny hatchlings emerging from their sandy nests to scurry down the beach towards the sea.

Another way to get close to turtles is on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel off Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave, Heron or Great Keppel Islands and there is a good chance one of these curious creatures will come along for the swim!

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