Tents get the shove
THE owners of the Turtle Sands Caravan Park at Mon Repos will discontinue camping sites and powered sites for caravans after Easter.
The decision will end the idyllic lifestyles of caravanners and campers who have enjoyed its facilities for more than 30 years.
Owner David Baker, who runs the park with his wife Jenny, said yesterday they were still retaining cabins, “but it will no longer operate as a caravan park.”
Mr Baker said the decision was taken in the interests of the turtles that laid their eggs at the beach at Mon Repos and of the hatchlings.
“It’s because of the effects of the lights on the turtles,” he said.
Turtle hatchlings can become confused by lights shining on the beach when they hatch.
Mr Baker said the decision was made because of the sensitive nature of the Mon Repos area generally.
“There has been a campaign for the last couple of years against the lights,” he said.
In a notice handed to campers, Mr and Mrs Baker said, unfortunately, the busiest time at Turtle Sands clashed with the turtle season from mid October to the end of March every year.
He said it was not practical from an operational or financial perspective to operate only for the rest of the year.
The park operates on 5ha of beachfront land at Mon Repos.
It has been popular for many years with visitors from all over the world, who visit Mon Repos to see the endangered sea turtles laying their eggs and the hatchlings making their way to the sea.
A short nature trail links the Turtle Sands Caravan Park to the Mon Repos turtle rookery.
The park’s promotional material describes the site as Queensland’s best-kept secret, providing a “truly unique” eco-experience.