Mon Repos Turtle Hatching & Lady Musgrave Island


Travel to beautiful Bargara Beach and the Mon Repos turtle rookery which supports the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. Take a ranger guided tour of the beach to see turtles nesting or hatching, enjoy the sights of Bundaberg and spend a full day on Lady Musgrave Island on the  outer Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Duration Duration:

4 days

Price From From

$1,199pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

8th February 2019

Location Departure Location:
Brisbane Transit Centre

Location Return Location:
Brisbane Transit Centre


Twin Share
Sole Use
$300pp non-refundable

Itinerary (Brisbane Transit Centre - Brisbane Transit Centre)

Day 1    Friday (MT,L,D) Brisbane - Bargara Beach

eco walking

Departing from Brisbane Transit Centre, we travel north, stopping for a cuppa in Gympie before heading on to Hervey Bay for lunch and a stroll along the esplanade shops. Our destination today is Bargara Beach, where we will have the best location to see the Mon Repos turtle encounter. Enjoy a restful afternoon before tonight’s encounter. Mon Repos beach comes alive after dark where we can see tiny hatchlings emerge from the sand and scurry back to the sea. Whilst waiting for the turtles or hatchlings we visit the Mon Repos Interpretive Centre and browse through the shop and take in the ranger shows and videos presented in the amphitheatre. N.B. If turtles are scarce you may have to wait for two or more hours before going onto the beach. Please also be aware that turtles are wild marine animals and we cannot guarantee you will see either nesting turtles or hatchlings. Our evening tour has limited light and no torches are allowed and access to see the turtles is by walking on soft sand.

3 Night Stay: Kelly’s Beach Resort, Bargara Beach

**Please note: Accommodation is village style and is budget 3 star villas. We have chosen this accommodation for its proximity to Mon Repos.

Day 2    Saturday (B,L,D) Bargara

eco walking

A later start to today with a sleep in and leisurely breakfast,  before we board the coach to visit Ohana Cider House and Tropical Winery for a talk and tasting of their tropical fruit wine, cider and liqueur. After whetting our tastebuds, we take a seat by the water to enjoy our lunch at Grunske’s by the River before taking time to wander the city Botanic Gardens. Free time this afternoon to shop in the city centre, or for general sight-seeing before returning to the resort in the afternoon, for a rest or a swim in the pool before dinner.

Day 3    Sunday (B,MT,L,AT,D) Lady Musgrave Island

cruise eco walking

A vast, calm, turquoise lagoon like one big swimming pool with  white sandy coral beaches completes the picture of Lady Musgrave Island and Coral Lagoon. The largest true coral cay on the outer Southern Great  Barrier Reef and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The island is set on 3000 acres of living reef with a 1000 acre calm coral lagoon that is unique to the entire Great Barrier Reef. Our full day reef experience includes a glass bottom boat cruise with 6 metres of coral viewing, a guided island walk and snorkelling (equipment provided) with tropical fish, turtles and more.

**As travel to Lady Musgrave Island takes just over 2 hours and is an open ocean passage, we strongly recommend that all passengers take sea sickness medication as a precaution. Please seek medical advice prior to departure.

Day 4    Monday (B,MT,L) Bargara - Brisbane


Homeward bound this morning, we break at the historic Paragon Theatre in Childers for morning tea, historical talk and short film. Back on the road, our next stop is at the historic Hideaway Hotel in Tiaro where we enjoy a BBQ lunch before returning to Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street late afternoon.

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach ex Brisbane
  • Gympie; Hervey Bay
  • 3 nights Bargara Beach
  • Mon Repos Turtle Encounter
  • Self-guided tour through Mon Repos Interpretive Centre
  • Conservation documentaries in outdoor amphitheatre
  • Ranger guided tour along Mon Repos Beach to see nesting or hatchling turtles
  • Ohana Winery talk and tasting
  • Lady Musgrave Island full day tour including glass bottom boat viewing, guided island walk, snorkelling and buffet lunch
  • Paragon Theatre historical talk and short film
  • Hideaway Hotel lunch
  • 10 meals

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $300pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.

B= Breakfast   MT= Morning Tea   L= Lunch   AT= Afternoon Tea   D= Dinner

2 additional days (total 6 day tour)
– Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
– 2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
– Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
Plus $850pp Twin Share
Plus $1019 Sole Use
** Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Unpack Once
Walking Component
Eco Experience
Cruise/ Boat


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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