It’s that time of the year again, when the Bundaberg coastline welcomes thousands of turtle-tracking visitors for the annual sea turtle breeding season.
It seems nature lovers will not be disappointed this turtle breeding season, with earlier than expected sightings of nesting turtles. This is especially exciting news considering the impacts of ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald in the area earlier this year.
Mon Repos Conservation Park located 14 km east of Bundabeg will welcome sea turtles to it’s shores over the coming summer months. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger-in-charge at Mon Repos Conservation Park , Cathy Gatley, said the region had long been home to the largest concentration of nesting sea turtles on Australia’s east coast and one season of bad weather would not change that.
“These incredible mariners have been nesting at the Mon Repos Conservation Park for generations and we are looking forward to welcoming this season’s turtles ashore.”
The only ranger-guided tours in Australia start at the Mon Repos Conservation Park on Saturday 9 November and run until the end of March.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism General Manager, Rick Matkowski, noted it’s shaping up to be a strong season already and anticipates more than 30,000 people would visit Mon Repos this season.
“The chance to see a 100-plus kilo loggerhead drag itself up the beach to lay hundreds of eggs under a stream of moonlight has to be one of Australia’s greatest conservation and educational experiences.”
“It’s a real-life National Geographic moment. Instead of watching it through a camera lens, you are centimetres from the live action,” he said.
Mr Matkowski also said the town is turning turtle in anticipation of the influx of turtle enthusiasts.
“Bundaberg is painting the town turtle. Local retailers are selling turtle-themed ice cream and cupcakes, our beaches are pristine and everything is on track for a bumper season.”
Nightly ranger-guided Turtle Encounters run seven nights a week and cost $10.90 for adults and $5.70 for children (five to 14 years).
For the first time, tickets including return bus transfers from local accommodation are also available and cost $38.95 for adults and $28.95 for children.
Bookings are essential and can be made via www.bundabergregion.org or by phoning 07 4153 8888.
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