One shell of a day out at Mon Repos
ABOUT 700 people enjoyed the breathless scenery of Mon Repos for a Family Fun Day.
Mon Repos ranger-in- charge Cathy Gatley said she was surprised to see so many visitors attend.
"The community seems very interested in our turtles," she said.
The day's activities included face painting, creating clay turtles, guided tours and sculpture making on the beach.
"We were also planting trees and people were able to put a name tag on them," Mrs Gatley said.
"It keeps people invested in Mon Repos."
The timing was perfect as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and National Parks Minister Steven Miles visited the Turtle Centre to inspect its recent upgrades.
The Turtle Centre received almost $630,000 in funding used to improve landscaping, signage and even add a new turtle-shaped roof to the revamped centre.
"The annual pilgrimage of the turtles brings around 30,000 visitors to Mon Repos Turtle Centre each year, and the centre acts as a visitor gateway to other national and marine park experiences in the area, so it's really important we provide a good experience here," Ms Palaszczuk said.