$22 Million Turtle Centre Redevelopment – Mon Repos Conservation Park, Bundaberg

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The State Government has announced that construction of the new multimillion-dollar interpretive turtle centre at Mon Repos is nearing completion and due to open in time for the November 2019 loggerhead turtle nesting and hatching season

Tickets to the centre are now available here ahead of the turtle nesting and hatching season, with the improved visitor centre offering a state-of-the-art experience, with touch screen televisions and vivid displays.



Craig Crawford, Acting Minister for the Environment outlined the State Government committed more than $17 million in funding to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre redevelopment, to improve the facilities and strengthening the park as a committed tourist destination all year round.

“The highlight of the centre is the immersive theatre room, where you slip off your shoes and step onto sand as the turtle nesting experience is recreated”,

“Mon Repos supports the largest population of nesting marine loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific and is critical to the survival of this endangered turtle”,

“No matter what season you arrive you will feel like you’re on the beach witnessing these beautiful creatures come home to lay their eggs, or watching the babies hatch and make their first journey out to sea”,

“Kids will also be kept busy and learning over the school holidays as iPads will be set up with games to teach the life-cycle of turtles and conservation efforts.”

“The community will continue to benefit as the centre is expected to bring extra tourism dollars, while promoting the importance of turtle conservation,” Acting Minister Crawford said.




The Department of Environment and Science (DES) who are driving the project are also working in partnership with the First Nation Gidarjil Development Corporation to also incorporate indigenous elements into the centre.

Dr Kerry Blackman, Managing Director of the Gidarjil Development Corporation outlined that interpretive signage to welcome visitors to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre have been produced by the Gidarjil Language Centre. The signs will welcome visitors to the country of the First Nation tribes in the Port Curtis Coral Coast Region the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Tarebilang and Byellee peoples in an agreement with DES.

Katherine Reid, General Manager for Bundaberg Tourism praised the Mon Repos Turtle Centre as a stand out example of nature based tourism in Queensland

“The new immersive experience is a fabulous addition to the nightly turtle encounter tours,” “Turtle season is a reason to celebrate across the Bundaberg Region and the community are ready to welcome visitors in November.” she said.



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