Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt said each year, from November to January, visitors can witness the turtles nesting and then, from January to March, see hatchlings make their way to the water.

As season?s first loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, Tourism Queensland will stage an interactive turtle promotion in Brisbane this Sunday to encourage more families to visit the Bundaberg region.

The free event is being held at South Bank?s Riverside Green from 10am-2pm this Sunday, November 13, as part of TQ?s $200,000 turtle marketing campaign promoting Bundaberg?s famous Mon Repos.

Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt said South Bank would literally come alive with a variety of free family activities and a chance for the littlies to get up and close with real-life turtles.

?Children will see these animals that nest along the Queensland coast and speak with Geckoes Wildlife rangers, enjoy a turtle puppet show and take away some turtle giveaways,? Ms Jarratt said.

?There is even a holiday prize up for grabs including return rail fares, two night?s accommodation and family pass to Mon Repos turtle encounter on the Bundaberg coast.?

?Children will see these animals that nest along the Queensland coast and speak with Geckoes Wildlife rangers, enjoy a turtle puppet show and take away some turtle giveaways,? Ms Jarratt said.

Ms Jarratt said each year, from November to January, visitors can witness the turtles nesting and then, from January to March, see hatchlings make their way to the water.

?The marketing campaign, which also includes billboard, print and online promotions, is an initiative of Tourism Queensland and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism,? she said.

?The first loggerhead of the season made its way to the Mon Repos turtle rockery last weekend to lay its eggs so the season is most certainly underway.

?The Bundaberg region supports the largest concentration of nesting sea turtles on Australia?s east coast so is undoubtedly the best place to experience one of Queensland?s unique natural encounters.

?In recent years there have been an increasing number of turtles coming ashore with almost 500 loggerhead, flatback and green turtles visiting Mon Repos last season which extended into April with late arrivals.?

For more information on Queensland?s turtle season and to plan a visit ? www.queensland.com/turtles