Things to see in and around Bargara
The Bargara Mon Repos Turtles
Mon Repos Conservation Park is a national park containing an important turtle rookery located at Mon Repos, Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of Bundaberg. It's an easy 15 minute drive from C Bargara.
Mon Repos hosts the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and supports the most significant nesting population of the endangered loggerhead turtle in the South Pacific Ocean. Successful breeding here is critical if the loggerhead species is to survive. In far smaller numbers the Flatback and Green turtles and, intermittently, the Leatherback turtle also nest along the Bundaberg coast.
From November to March each year, adult turtles come ashore to lay eggs on Mon Repos beach. About eight weeks later young turtles emerge from the eggs and begin their journey to the sea. The best time to see turtles nesting is after dark from mid November to February. Hatchlings usually leave their nests at night from mid January until late March.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers operate guided tours nightly during the breeding season. Mon Repos is a popular tourist attraction, with around 25,000 visitors every season. Beach access is now managed during the season to ensure that the impact of humans on nesting sea turtles is minimal.
Mon Repos is French for "My Rest" and was the name of the homestead established by Augustus Purling Barton in the early 1880s.
Hump Back Whale watching
Every year during the months of July to October, Humpback whales pass close to the Coral Coast's coastline (holiday makers at C Bargara see them from their balconies) on their annual migratory journey.
- The humpback whale takes its name from the habit of breaking the water surface with a large area of its back when diving.
- Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales will migrate this season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.
- Humpbacks are still the third most endangered species of all the big whales, but now their numbers are increasing 13% each year.
- They are the fifth largest animal on this planet, growing up to 15 metres in length with a weight of up to 45,000kg (99,000lbs) - equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 persons each!
- Humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all of the great whales.
- The species displays a wide variety of leaping, rolling and breaching movements which provide fascinating viewing for whale watchers.
- The humpback whale is also well known for its complex underwater vocalisations or whale songs particularly during breeding.
- Adult whales have been seen to breach 20 - 30 times within 5 minutes, displaying awesome grace and power.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.