The renowned Mon Repos Turtle Encounter is just a few short minutes away from the proposed Gateway Marina. It supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. It is an amazing sight to see these huge creatures heaving their way up the beach to find a safe spot to dig a nest and lay their eggs. And then, if you’re lucky, to come back some 6-8 weeks later and see the tiny hatchlings emerging from their sandy nests to scurry down the beach towards the sea. Visitors can witness nesting and hatching turtles over the summer months on Mon Repos beach.