Visit Bundaberg – Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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What You’ll Find On This Page
- 1 Where to Stay in Bundaberg
- 2 What is the Best Hotel in Bundaberg?
- 3 City centre Motels
- 4 Why Visit Bundaberg?
- 5 Where is Bundaberg?
- 6 How to get to Bundaberg
- 7 Things to see in Bundaberg
- 8 Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
- 9 Day tours in Bundaberg
- 10 Things to do around Bundaberg – Coastal Regions
- 11 Bargara Holiday Accommodation – Motels & Apartments
- 12 Where to stay in Coral Cove
- 13 Things to do in Bundaberg
- 14 Bundaberg Festivals
- 15 Bundaberg Caravan Parks
- 16 Enjoy your stay in Bundaberg
Where to Stay in Bundaberg
So, you’re headed on holidays and decided to visit Bundaberg. Do you need to find a hotel in Bundaberg?
The regions laid-back charm, year round sunshine, pristine beaches and proximity to The Great Barrier Reef, make Bundaberg a popular tourist destination. It is also our home town and our favourite Australian city to visit when we are not using Chiang Mai in Thailand as a base to travel the world.
Bundaberg has a wide selection of hotels and is perfect for those wanting to take a break from the road when travelling from Brisbane to Far North Queensland.
What is the Best Hotel in Bundaberg?
That depends on a few factors. If you are looking for a hotel in Bundaberg you will soon realise that there are many places to stay in Bundaberg and the surrounding coastal beaches. Choosing your Bundaberg hotel will depend on the reason for your visit, proximity to attractions, budget and your hotel style of choice. Here are our best choice of Bundaberg hotels.
City centre Motels
Burnett Riverside Motel
Overlooking Burnett River, this motel is located in the heart of Bundaberg’s central business district. As a reliable tourist motel, they have a tour desk that is available for trips to Hervey Bay, Lady Elliot Island, and the local Bundaberg Rum factory tours.
Only 10 minutes drive from Bundaberg Airport and Bundaberg Golf Club, 5 minutes from the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and about 20 minutes away from Mon Repos Conservation Park, it is situated perfectly for easy access.
The hotel has a contemporary look with modern rooms that include a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Most of the rooms have a spa bath, and some have private balconies.
For an outdoor treat, the motel offers an alfresco dining area with a great view of Burnett River. The restaurant serves an amazing à la carte menu that is 100% Australian, while the bar features a variety of local wines and beers.Check Availability & Read Reviews Here
Riviera Motel Bundaberg
Riviera Motel Bundaberg is located in a tourist area of Bundaberg. This traditional-style, 4-star hotel offers quiet and serene oasis for tourists and visitors.
Close to Alexandra Park and Bundaberg Hospital, and just 1 km from the centre of the city, a few minutes from Bundaberg Botanic Gardens and Hinkler Hall of Aviation; the motel is strategically located for easy access.
Some rooms in the Riviera Motel overlook the picturesque Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens is sprawled over 27-hectares of land and features a variety of 10,000 shrubs and trees. The glittering lake in the garden attracts up to 114 species of birds making this view a major attraction for many lodgers. The motel offers free self-parking, air conditioning and cable TV in all rooms.
Riviera Motel Bundaberg has a restaurant that offers a variety of food, snacks, and beverages. Many guests report that the meals were satisfying and promptly served.Click here for the latest prices & more details
Sugar Country Motor Inn
Experience high-quality service and modern motel facilities at The Sugar Country Motor Inn.
The Sugar Country Motor Inn is located just 2 minutes’ away from Bundaberg Train Station. This is a modern and stylish motel designed for both business and leisure travel. Because of its ideal location, guests can easily access the city centre and its many stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Also, close by are Dive Musgrave, Alexandra Park & Zoo, Moncrieff Theatre as well as many fast food outlets.
The amenities are top-notch and include LCD/plasma screen, complimentary instant coffee, and tea, linens, etc. The motel offers many unique recreational opportunities like an outdoor Saltwater pool and a beautiful garden. Sugar Country Motor Inn is one of the most recommended motels for quality accommodation in Bundaberg.
Home to the fantastic Canecutter’s Kitchen restaurant, the Sugar Country Motor Inn offers tantalising fresh local recipes and Australia’s best wine and coffee (Merlo Coffee and Treasury Wine Estates). The food is great, and the price is even better.
Along with Canecutter’s, there’s a coffee shop on site. If you are not quite ready to eat, you can take a leisurely drink at the lounge before dining at the either the on site restaurant or at any of the nearby local restaurants.
Smart Motels – Bert Hinkler
Surrounded by tropical gardens, Bert Hinkler Motor Inn is an elegant brick building and a high-quality budget motel. The Inn is immaculate, with a modern ambiance and also offers an outdoor pool.
Close by is the Sugarland Shopping Centre, Bargara Beach, and Bundaberg Rum Distillery. If what you’re looking for is an accessible motel, Bert Hinkler is a perfect choice. The motel is within easy reach to Bundaberg CBD, Dive Musgrave, and Bundaberg Airport.
Hotel guests receive excellent services and a wide range of new amenities. The staff makes sure your stay is comfortable, and this is why many recommend this motel.
The rooms are comfortable and offer the highest degree of convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find LCD screens, complimentary instant coffee and tea, and also enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at the outdoor pool. Bert Hinkler is the perfect lodging for an exciting and impressive get-away.
Offering in-room breakfast, guests can also dine at the on-site Capers Restaurant.Click here for latest prices & more information
Econo Lodge Park Lane
Located in the heart of Bundaberg, Econo Lodge Park Lane Motel is rated one of the best budget motels in the city. The motel offers its guests a comfortable stay whether they are in Bundaberg for business or pleasure.
The motel is located only 8 minutes from the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, 5 minutes from the Central Bundaberg Airport and Queensland University. It is easy to access from the city centre, giving guests the chance to visit some of Bundaberg’s top attractions.
Guests are comfortable because of the great service and amenities. This motel offers many on-site facilities to satisfy the most discerning lodgers. The rooms are spacious with cable TV and air conditioning. And the facilities include a swimming pool with a spa pool. The large family rooms come with kitchenette facilities to make family’s much more comfortable.
Food and drinks are provided by an award-winning restaurant. The Bundaberg Park Lane restaurant and cocktail lounge provide continental and local menu options for breakfast. This can be delivered to your room, or you can eat at the restaurant which is also open for dinner every evening.Check here to see the latest prices
Why Visit Bundaberg?
There are so many things to do in Bundaberg region. Visit the world famous Bundaberg Rum factory. Discover the exotic flavours of Bundaberg brewed drinks. Explore the Mon Repos turtle rookery and walk the turtle trail. Or sit back and enjoy the sun, sand and crystal clear waters of Bundaberg’s nearby beaches.
Bundaberg is located on the stunning Burnett River in Queensland, Australia. One of the nearby attractions of this city is the 25 million-year-old crater caused by a meteorite. Visitors from all over Australia and the world come to Bundaberg for conferences, sightseeing and all kinds of holiday packages.
Perched at the hub of the Coral Coast, Bundaberg motels are varying and offer visitors comfort and a relaxing stay. Sitting on a dreamy stretch of white beaches and relaxed coastal towns, the city is also home to a rare colony of nesting loggerhead turtles and during the hatching time organised visits are available to watch the turtles lay eggs and the hatchlings emerge and make their way to the ocean. A site not to be missed.
Many visitors take time out to see the city’s many attractions. So if you are planning a trip to Bundaberg, the first decision is where to stay. The city centre or coastal regions. Both are easily accessible and offer good value hotel and motel choices.
Where is Bundaberg?
Situated in the Wide Bay Burnett region of Queensland, Bundaberg is Queensland’s 8th largest city. Approximately 38o kilometres north of Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane and approximately 4 to 5 hours non stop drive. It is located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef north of Hervey Bay and south of the city of Gladstone.
How to get to Bundaberg
The closest main city to Bundaberg is Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. There are four ways to get to Bundaberg from Brisbane.
There are direct flights from Brisbane domestic airport. Daily flights take 50 minutes and is the quickest way to reach Bundaberg from Brisbane.
Bundaberg is around 4 ½ hours’ drive from Brisbane. Heading north on the Bruce Highway you will pass the stunning Glass House Mountains, rainforest, the Gunalda Range and sleepy country towns.
I love the Tilt Train, it’s a chance to sit back, relax and watch the scenery roll by as you take the 4 ½ hour journey from Brisbane to Bundaberg. Daily services are available from Brisbane. If your coming from the northern cities as far north as Cairns, Bundaberg is on the route to Brisbane.
Bus is another option for those wanting to get from Brisbane to Bundaberg. A direct bus from Brisbane will take around 6 hours to get to Bundaberg.
Things to see in Bundaberg
Surrounded by Sugarcane fields, small crops and white sandy beaches, there are many Bundaberg attractions and Bundaberg will tempt you with its with its warm subtropical climate and charm you with the attractions that lay on its doorstep. Come and discover what this regional city has to offer, and the fun things to do in Bundaberg.
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef begins at the northern tip of Queensland and stretches 2,300 Kilometres down the coast to just north of Bundaberg. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef has the distinction of being the World’s largest reef and can been seen from space. Bundaberg is referred to as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and there are many Great Barrier Reef tours from Bundaberg.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is made up of coral reefs, coral cays, inshore mangrove islands and continental islands and is the World’s largest coral reef ecosystem.
Day tours in Bundaberg
Very popular day tours from Bundaberg include a visit to the outlying islands of Lady Elliott Island and Lady Musgrave Island. These tours fill up quickly so to avoid disappointment is usually wise to pre book your tour before your stay.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and approximately 80 kilometres north east of Bundaberg. Lady Elliot is home to 1,200 species of marine life and one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations in this region. Lady Elliot Island is free of the marine stingers that can be found in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit Lady Elliot for the day or stay at the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, buffet dinner and breakfast are included in the overnight rate.
How to get there…Flights to Lady Elliot Island leave daily from Bundaberg Airport.
Lady Musgrave Island is located 52 nautical miles from Bundaberg. Lady Musgrave day tours include morning tea and buffet lunch, snorkelling, fish feeding, glass bottom boat tours and Island walks. Bundaberg Whale watching tours are also available during Whale migration season.
How to get there…Lady Musgrave Island can be reached by luxury high speed catamaran from Bundaberg Port Marina.
Things to do around Bundaberg – Coastal Regions
The region has many coastal communities that are approximately 15 minutes by car from Bundaberg CBD. All communities have beautiful scenery and beaches but the most popular for visitors to the region are Mon Repos Beach and the beaches of Bargara.
When you drive from Bundaberg to Bargara you will pass Sugarcane fields and farm stalls selling the fresh local produce Bundaberg is famous for.
Pristine beaches and subtropical climate make Bargara is a very popular holiday destination and there is a choice of hotels to suit any holiday maker. Join the locals and relax and unwind in one of the Cafes, Restaurants and Pubs.
Mon Repos Beach
Walking along Mon Repos long stretch of beach, it’s easy to see why Bundaberg’s famous son, Pioneer Aviator Bert Hinkler chose Mon Repos Beach for his first historic glider flight in 1912.
Mon Repos Beach is also famous for its turtle rookery and has the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian coastline. Mon Repos’s loggerhead turtle nesting population is the largest in the South Pacific making Mon Repos Beach a very important marine habitat.
A visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre is an informative way to learn more about turtles and their lifecycle. Every year between November and March Rangers give guided tours to watch the nesting and hatching of marine turtles.
During a walk along Mon Repos beach we were lucky enough to come across turtles hatching. I’ll never forget our excitement as we watched them climb out of the sand and make their way down the beach into the water, such a joyful experience!
See our Turtle hatching video below
The Turtle Trail is a bike and pedestrian pathway that starts at Bargara Beach and links Mon Repos beach with Burnett Heads Harbour. The trail is a changing landscape of virgin bush, salt flats and stunning coastal scenery.
We have enjoyed many early morning walks along the beach and trail, we always get so much pleasure out of spotting the kangaroos, bush turkey’s, sea eagles, dolphins and kookaburras that make this area their home.
Bargara beach is located approximately 16 kilometres from the heart of Bundaberg CBD and is a popular holiday destination for family getaways. Bargara accommodation ranges from resort style beach hotels to high rise apartment blocks that cater to couples and family’s.
Bargara is on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and with popular swimming beaches, close proximity to the world class dive destination of Barolin Rocks and the peaceful beaches of Innes Park and Elliott Heads it’s no wonder family’s flock to this region for family holidays.
It has a warm climate most of the year ideal for water sports and because of it’s geographical location does not have sea wasps or stingers that are prevalent in many of the waters north of the Bundaberg beaches.
Bargara Holiday Accommodation – Motels & Apartments
The Point Resort Bargara
The Point Resort Bargara Beach motel is an exquisite property located at the water’s edge of Bargara Beach. Structurally designed for the Queensland climate, this is the ultimate beachside holiday accommodation.
The Point Resort motel is a 6-minute walk from the beach and is situated right on the gorgeous Coral Coast, at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a 5-minute walk from a championship golf course and close to the beautiful Kelly’s Beach.
All hotel amenities are modern, and the apartments are fully self-contained. There is also a spa, swimming pool, mini golf and a barbecue pavilion. From some of the balconies in the rooms, you can spot migrating whales, and to the north, you can see the world famous Mon Repos Turtle Rookery.
The motel is nicely located on the Coral Coast offering access to an extensive list of cafes, restaurants, and a large Bistro. The Point Resort also has an open-air dining section.Check Availability & Read Reviews Here
Bargara Blue Resort
The tastefully furnished Bargara Blue Resort provides a conducive location for business or a holiday break. The hotel is situated on the Coral Coast giving guests access to events like the migration of whales along the coastline and the nesting and hatching of loggerhead turtles.
This property is only 3 minutes walk from the beach. Located in the centre of Bargara, the resort provides spacious self-catering apartments and is a short stroll from the beautiful Kellys Beach.
The amenities are fantastic, and you can take advantage of a myriad of unrivalled services and facilities. Each self-contained apartment has a large open-plan living and dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen.
Guests at the resort can play tennis or relax by the swimming pool. They also provide a small gym equipped with a sauna only for lodgers. You can also enjoy the relaxing environment of the hot tub, fitness centre and golf course (within 3 km).
There are many shops, cafés, and restaurants within walking distance of the resort.Check Availability & Read Reviews Here
Kacy’s Bargara Beach Motel
Kacy’s Bargara Beach Motel is situated in the heart of Bargara. It is enclosed on one side by the Beach, trimmed gardens, parks, and romantic walk-ways. On the other side, you will find the quaint town centre with wide side walks, cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars.
Kacy’s Motel is a few minutes walk from the beach making it a great beach side retreat. For guests who want to explore the surrounding, Mon Repos, The Barrel. Home of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks are some of the attractions on offer.
The hotel features an outdoor pool area and spacious rooms with large private balconies. Most rooms offer a stunning view of the ocean. Every room is equipped with modern amenities like refrigerators, cable TV, and air conditioning. Kacy’s Bargara Beach Motel is definitely a great choice for quality seaside accommodation in the Bundaberg region.
Excellent food and drinks are taken care of by Kacy’s Restaurant & Bar. They offer local, seasonal produce and specialise in oysters, pasta and seafood dishes. The bar is equipped with its own wine cellar and meals can be delivered to your room.Click here for latest prices & more information
C Bargara Resort
Located on the Esplanade overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the C Bargara Resort is a relaxed retreat with stylish apartments and ocean views.
The resort is located just 12 km from Bundaberg Rum Distillery and 2.3 km from Bargara Golf Club. Ten minutes away from the beach, C Bargara is a good choice for visitors that want access to Great Barrier Reef.
The 1- to 3-bedroom apartments have a chic vibe and all offer ocean views. With modern facilities like flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs and trendy living areas, many guests return after their first visit. The penthouse units come with roof terraces and are available for people who want more luxurious quarters.
There is also a gym, heated pool, and timber sun-deck with sun-lounges. Lodging at the hotels means that you’ll get free parking and spa bath in some rooms.
There are many restaurants around the hotel. Its perfect location makes it easy to explore the nearby bars, restaurants, and shops.Check here to see the latest prices
Perfect for fun and relaxation, Manta Apartments is located in the heart of Bargara. It is centrally positioned so that guests can enjoy access to all that the vibrant seaside town has to offer. Manta is a haven of beauty and relaxation, and only a short drive away from major attractions like Mon Repos.
Manta Bargara is within walking distance from the Bargara Golf Club, and only a short distance away from Mon Repos Beach. It is also accessible from the airport (25-minutes) and makes it easy for guests to visit the heart of the city.
Manta Apartments is few minutes from the Bargara Beach and offers a lovely seaside view. With a spa and private balconies, this eclectic motel is a modern interpretation of budget boutique apartments. The property provides an outdoor pool, a tennis court, and a fitness centre.
You can relax in the hot tub, or head over to the BBQ area and enjoy a meal. You can also visit nearby restaurants and bars if you want to try out other delightful offerings around the area.Click here for the latest prices & more details
Where to stay in Coral Cove
Coral Cove is located a short 20 minute drive from the Bundaberg CBD. With a world class golf course which boasts the longest hole in Australia at 653 metres and only one of two par 6 holes in Australia, it is truly a golf enthusiasts dream, and a popular destination for family holiday’s.
Situated adjacent to Barolin Rocks it also boasts some of the best coral reef diving and snorkelling in the Bundaberg region. A short walk from Coral Cove you will find the ideal swimming and recreation playground of Innes Park beach. A favourite beach for locals and visitors alike looking for a safe swimming beach protected from the elements via a headland.
Coral Cove Resort and Golf Club
Coral Cove Resort & Golf Club in located right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and consists of lowset villas and oceanfront condos with spa and direct access to the golf course.
With a lot of lush greenery, Coral Cove Resort is the perfect accommodation for guests who enjoy tranquil environments. And if you like the seaside, this motel is just a short stroll to the Barolin Rocks and 400 metres from the popular Innes Park Beach.
The resort has self-contained apartments with private terraces with garden or ocean views. A golf course, tennis court, and swimming pools are also available to guests of the resort.
All apartments are equipped with kitchenettes, dishwashers, and microwaves. There are many activities on site and around the surrounding areas, including golf, diving and snorkelling.
The attached Coral Cove restaurant specialises in steaks and seafood. They offer daily breakfast, and the bar has a wide range of beers and wines.Check Availability & Read Reviews Here
Things to do in Bundaberg
One of the the famous tourist attractions in Bundaberg is the Rum Factory which produces and sells Bundy’s most iconic export, Bundaberg Rum!
The Bundaberg Rum Factory attracts tourists from all over Australia and the World. A trip to Bundaberg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the rum factory. Here you can discover how Bundaberg Rum is made and try the rum samples in the tasting Bar.
My Grandmother always laced her Christmas pudding with Bundaberg Rum, a smell that always reminds me of Christmas.
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, is easily recognised by the big Barrel on Bargara Road. We grew up with Bundaberg ginger beer and have watched the range of flavours grow over the years (my favourite is Sarsaparilla). The True Brew Tour is an informative way to learn how the drinks are brewed and sample some of the many flavours.
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks exports to many parts of the World. Recently we were excited to discover these drinks on sale in a small shop in Hoi An Vietnam (they didn’t have Sarsaparilla so I chose my next favourite, Pink Grapefruit Yum!).
Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House are located on the North side of Bundaberg in the Botanical Gardens.
Learn more about the life of the Pioneer Aviator Bert Hinkler and experience what it’s like to fly like Bert on the glider simulator and explore the aircraft exhibits. A world class attraction and well worth visiting.
Hinkler House was Bert Hinkler’s home in Southampton England. The house was transported back to Bundaberg brick by brick and reassembled in 1983 as a memorial museum to this famous man.
Café 28 overlooks the Bundaberg Botanical Garden and a is great place to relax with coffee and cake or meet with friends for lunch.
Crush Festival Bundaberg is held in October. The Crush Festival is Bundaberg showing its creative side, celebrating the regions arts and culture.
Writing workshops, kids fun days, sculpture workshops, cabaret shows and film festivals are some of the events to be inspired by at this exciting festival.
Pageant of Lights, is Bundaberg’s annual Christmas Parade. The community join together to present a spectacular of light and colour. This is Bundaberg’s way of welcoming in the Festive Season and spreading the Christmas Spirit.
Bundy Flavours & Winterfeast Farmers Market, is held in July and showcases the best of the regions local produce. With food demonstrations and entertainment, come and tantalise the taste buds and discover why Bundaberg is a food lover’s paradise.
Bundaberg Caravan Parks
With warm sunny days that stretch into winter, Bundaberg and its beaches are a popular caravanning and camping destination all year round.
Big 4 Cane Village Holiday Park Bundaberg
There are a variety of caravan parks in the Bundaberg area. With a location that is close to shopping centres, Bundaberg Airport and CQU’s Bundaberg University campus, the Big 4 Cane Village Holiday Park is our top choice for Bundaberg caravan parks.
The Big 4 caravan park has a range accommodation styles, from Villas and cabins to caravan and campsites. With facilities that include swimming pool and barbecue, it’s a winner for all the family.Click here for latest prices & more information
Bargara Beach Caravan Park
This Bargara holiday park sits across the road from Bargara’s popular Neilson Park beach. The park caters to all styles of family accommodation including cabins, caravan and tent sites. Neilson Park beach has barbecue and playground facilities and walking paths to central Bargara with it’s many shops, restaurants, and take away food places. Other walks include the Turtle Trail from Kelly’s Beach to Burnett Heads.Check Availability & Read Reviews Here
Enjoy your stay in Bundaberg
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the highlights of this region, with its mild winters and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, you will find a city to be enjoyed all year round.
Have you visited this area? I’ve probably missed some attractions. What other travel advice can you give?