Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Bundaberg Expecting Bumper Turtle Season—Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Queensland Tourism Queensland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Bundaberg Expecting Bumper Turtle Season—Southern Great Barrier Reef story by: Mike Williams Meeting the marine life is one of the many highlights of visiting the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Southern Queensland. In fact, many tourists plan their trip for between November and March, to coincide with the annual breeding season of one of the Reef’s prime marine attractions, the sea turtle. This breeding season is expected to be even more amazing than usual, with sightings of nesting turtles being reported earlier than usual out of Bundaberg, a coastal Queensland town and a rally point for turtle-seeking enthusiasts. Especially good news for turtle lovers is that the endangered loggerhead and flatback turtle varieties have already started nesting. The Mon Repos Conservation Park has ranger-guided tours that give nature-lovers an insight usually only available on wildlife documentaries. Sea turtles are renowned mariners, swimming thousands of kilometres to nest at the place of their birth. The turtles will mate in the water, and then the female will meander up the beach and dig a hole with her flippers above the high tide line, laying a clutch of 130 eggs each time. A female turtle might return up to four times a season to lay more eggs. Rangers at the Mon Repos Conservation Park will relocate the eggs if they are laid below the tideline, sometimes enlisting the help of eager visitors. The Southern Great Barrier Reef plays host to the nesting season of six species of sea turtles. These include the green sea turtle, the critically endangered hawksbill, the loggerhead, the smaller olive ridley, the flatback and the biggest of them all, the leatherback, which can weigh up to 700 kg. Most species of the majestic and ancient creatures are endangered, so the opportunity to visit Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reef and witness this amazing phenomena is not to be missed. Click here for Cheap Flights to Australia or HOT Australia Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Discover Queensland Beaches & Beyond Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.