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MON REPOS TURTLE CENTRE - 23/3/19
What a weekend - we couldn’t have packed more into this weekend if we tried. Thanks to all that made the huge effort to commit to this weekend away. We had a leisurely drive up Saturday morning to arrive at Kelly’s Beach Resort in time for the kids to have a swim and the adults had a beverage or two, then it was off to Mon Repos for the Turtle Tour, at about 8pm our group was called out to make our way down to the beach. It was truly amazing, a full moon, beautiful breeze and then we gathered in a circle in complete darkness. When the ranger switched her light on, Jared Wilson and I were lucky enough to be right in front of the chamber. I can’t even describe what it was like to see turtle after turtle pouring out of the sand. They weigh about 10 grams and only one in a thousand make it to adulthood. The rangers capture them in an enclosure on the sand and count them, then the kids formed a line like tunnel ball and shined torches to give them a safe passage to the water. From here they swim to South America and don’t return for 15 years. The babies have to come up for air every minute, the adults can stay under water for 5 hours. Some of us stayed to watch a nest dug up that had hatched the previous night, sadly when all the 105 eggs were dug up only 10 had made it out alive, 7 were dead trapped by compacted sand and the rest were half formed. The rangers think the king tide from cyclone Oma flooded the nest, which resulted in it being too cold and wet for them to survive. We learnt some great ways to help turtle conservation and it was really great for the kids to be able to see nature at its best and worst. We were up early the next morning and hit the Windmill Cafe for an amazing artisan brunch, then half our group headed home and the rest of us fit in an amazing tour at the Bundaberg Ginger Beer Factory complete with a tasting of ALL their brewed soft drinks (that much sugar should be good for the kids on the drive home) and topped it off at KALKI MOON DISTILLING BREWING COMPANY. It was well worth the stop and included a fabulous gin sampling - of course we did our best to support the locals coming home with packs of Bundaberg Brew and some designer Gin. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip, I know we can’t wait until the season starts again and we will definitely be coming back to watch the turtles making their journey up the beach to lay their eggs.