CUTE CREATURES: Keen turtle watchers are being encouraged to book early to see these creatures in the wild.
CUTE CREATURES: Keen turtle watchers are being encouraged to book early to see these creatures in the wild. Craig Parry

Don't miss out on the turtles

YOU WOULD be kicking yourself if you missed out on seeing the natural wonder of the turtle encounters at Mon Repos, so book ahead to secure a front-row seat and avoid disappointment.

A new $200,000 tourism marketing campaign is encouraging people to book ahead for this year's turtle season, which officially starts tomorrow.

Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said the first lady loggerheads of the season would be welcomed tomorrow night.

"As the turtles make their tracks along the Bundaberg region's beaches, we want visitors from around the world to do the same and experience this amazing ecotourism attraction first-hand," Ms Stuckey said.

"Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and campaigns like the Bundaberg Turtle Experience boost ecotourism opportunities throughout the state."

Member for Burnett Steve Bennett said Mon Repos was the largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific and supported the greatest number of nesting marine turtles on Australia's east coast.

"Last season the rookery welcomed more than 300 turtles and 30,000 visitors who were able to get within centimetres of the animals and their hatchlings," Mr Bennett said.

"The loggerheads have already started arriving."



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