Mon Repos is the longest beach on the Bundaberg coast and one of the least developed. There is road access to either end and the Mon Repos caravan park toward the southern end, but otherwise the beach is backed by a low foredune and farm land. The beach has become a summer tourist attraction, as between November and February up to several hundred turtles land on the beach to lay eggs. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have built a boardwalk and visitor centre to enable people to safely watch the turtles.
The beach (1500) is 1.8 km long, faces north-east and is bordered by low basalt rocks, with an outcrop also toward the centre. There is a small tidal creek draining a backing tidal flat and lagoon across the southern end. Waves average just over 0.5 m and maintain a relatively steep, sandy high tide beach, with a continuous low tide bar, usually free of rips. Some past sand blows in the foredune have now been stabilised and most of the dune is now covered with casuarina trees.
This beach is also famous as the site of the first trans-Pacific cable to New Caledonia, laid by the French government in 1890; and where aviator Bert Hinkler first flew his gliders in the then barer sand dunes.
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.