Visit Bundaberg and the Great Barrier Reef

Why Visit Bundaberg Australia?

We are often asked what to see and what to do in Bundaberg. When travellers visit Bundaberg, they are often surprised to discover the range of exciting things to do in Bundaberg and the surrounding region.

Travellers can visit the world famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, explore the Mon Repos turtle rookery and walk the turtle trail, go diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, head out whale watching and just sit back and enjoy the sun, sand and crystal clear waters of the nearby Bundaberg beaches. It is all on Bundaberg’s doorstep, just waiting for you to explore! If you’re looking for what to see in Bundaberg, then keep reading our guide to visiting Bundaberg and surrounding areas.

When we visit Bundaberg we always stay in this awesome resort near the waterfront at Bargara.

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Things to see in Bundaberg

Bundaberg’s warm climate will have you heading to bright sandy beaches. Along the way you can visit Bundaberg attractions such as the Hummock Lookout where you will see breathtaking views of the coast and the patchwork of sugarcane fields and small crops that surround our fair city.

Pull into road side stalls and sample some of the fresh local produce that Bundaberg is famous for, or better yet the discover the contemporary cuisine on offer at the regions award winning restaurants and cafes. Come and discover what this regional city has to offer, and the fun things to do in Bundaberg Australia.

Hummock Lookout Bundaberg
Overlooking the regions farms at Hummock Lookout Bundaberg

Top Bundaberg Tourist Attractions

Bundaberg Rum Distillery

One of the top things to do in Bundaberg and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bundaberg is the Rum distillery, which produces and sells Bundy’s iconic export, Bundaberg Rum!

The Bundaberg Rum Distillery or Bundaberg Rum Factory as it is fondly known, attracts tourists from all over Australia and the World. A trip to Bundaberg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the rum factory and taking a Bundaberg Rum Distillery tour.

Join other Bundaberg Rum enthusiasts for the Bundaberg Rum Tour and discover how Bundaberg Rum is made and sample our famous rum products in the tasting Bar.

My Grandmother always laced her Christmas pudding with Bundaberg Rum, a smell that brings back fond memories of Christmas past.

Bundaberg Rum Factory
The famous Bundaberg Rum Factory.

Bundaberg Turtles – 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, the place to see turtle hatching in Bundaberg. The turtle rookery, known as the Mon Repos Conservation Park has the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian coastline and a must visit Bundaberg turtle attraction for anyone interested in turtle watching in Bundaberg.

Mon Repos’s loggerhead turtle nesting population is the largest in the South Pacific making Mon Repos Beach a very important marine habitat.

Mon Repos Beach at Bundaberg
Go turtle watching at Mon Repos Beach

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 Mon Repos turtle tours 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!

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company

Bundaberg is well known for the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks but there is another up and coming distillery that has developed a reputation for excellence.

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company started its life as a rum distillery and produced gin while waiting for the rum to mature. While Kalki Moon is still a rum distillery their stunning range of gins and gin liqueurs have become an instant best seller.

When you visit the distillery, you have the choice of 2 free tastings, or you can try a selection of cocktails. Alan tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur over ice, and I tried the Pink Gin Liqueur with raspberries & Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Apple Cider and both were delicious.

Kalki Moon Distillery & Brewing Company is a must see when visiting Bundaberg.

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company Bundaberg

Check out Tinaberries Strawberries during your Bundaberg visit.

One of the best loved places to visit in and around Bundaberg in Queensland is Tinaberries which is famous for its strawberry ice cream.

This delightful strawberry farm has an old-world charm that will take you back to yesteryear. Trying their strawberry ice cream is a must but there are other flavours to enjoy including passionfruit and dragon fruit & lime.

If you do not like ice cream, Tinaberries also sell passionfruit butter and strawberry jams. You can pick farm fresh strawberries during the strawberry season which lasts between June and October.

Tinaberries is a fun place to relax in the Queensland sunshine. To get to Tinaberries drive on Elliot Heads Road and look out for the Tinaberries sign just after the Innes Park turn off.

Tinaberries Strawberries Bundaberg

Visit Bundaberg to explore the turtle trail

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. It is one of the most enjoyable free things to do around Bundaberg and highly recommended.

Kangaroo at Mon Repos conservation park.
Inquisitive local inhabitants ready to greet you as you walk along the Turtle trail.

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.

Great Barrier Reef day tours from Bundaberg

Day trips in 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.

Great Barrier Reef coral diving off Bundaberg
Great Barrier Reef

Lady Elliot Island

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.

Getting there…Flights to Lady Elliot Island leave daily from Bundaberg Airport.

Bundaberg Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Musgrave Island

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 available during whale migration season.

Getting there…Lady Musgrave Island can be reached by luxury high speed catamaran from Bundaberg Port Marina.

Lady Musgrave Island near Bundaberg
Lady Musgrave Island

Planning a trip to Bundaberg

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.

Travellers from all over Australia and the world visit 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 sandy beaches and relaxed coastal towns, the city is also home to a rare colony of nesting loggerhead turtles.

During the Mon Repos turtle hatching season organised visits are available to watch the turtles lay eggs and the hatchlings emerge and make their way to the ocean. A sight 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 to Stay in Bundaberg Australia

If you’re headed on holidays and visiting Bundaberg you will need to find a hotel in Bundaberg. To help you find that perfect place to stay in Bundaberg we have compiled a list of the top hotels in Bundaberg and the nearby coastal villages of Bargara and Coral Cove.

The regions laid-back charm, year round sunshine, pristine beaches and proximity to The Great Barrier Reef, make Bundaberg a popular destination for holiday rentals. Bargara on the coast is also our home town and we believe it is one of the most beautiful regions in Australia to visit.

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 accommodation will depend on the reason for your visit, proximity to attractions, budget and your hotel style of choice. Here are our best picks of Bundaberg hotels.

Bundaberg City Centre Motels

Burnett Riverside Motel Review

Burnett Riverside Motel Bundaberg

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 tour.

If you are travelling by car the Burnett Riverside Motel is a 10 minute drive from Bundaberg Airport, and Bundaberg Golf Club. It is an easy 5 minute drive to the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, one of the most popular places to visit in Bundaberg.

The Burnett Riverside Motel is also a 20 minute drive from Mon Repos Conservation Park, which gets busy with tourists during the turtle breeding season between 15th of October to the 30th of April.

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.

To read more reviews of Burnett Riverside Motel and check latest rates click here.

Riviera Motel Bundaberg Review

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.

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.

To read more reviews of Riviera Motel Bundaberg and check latest rates click here

Sugar Country Motor Inn Review

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 Queensland.

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.

To read more reviews of Sugar Country Motor Inn and check latest rates click here

Bert Hinkler Motor Inn Review

Bert Hinkler Motor Inn

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 Motor Inn 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.

To read more reviews of Bert Hinkler Motor Inn and check latest rates click here

Econo Lodge Park Lane Review

Econo Lodge Park Lane Motel

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.

Other 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.

To read more reviews of Econo Lodge Park Lane and check latest rates click here

More things to do in Bundaberg

Visit Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, can be 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).

A popular Bundaberg tour is the True Brew Tour (also known as the Bundaberg Ginger Beer Tour or Bundaberg Ginger Beer Factory Tour). This informative tour that takes you through the journey of how these drinks are brewed and gives you the chance to sample some of the delicious 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!).

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks building and visitors centre

Hinkler Hall of Aviation – A must visit Bundaberg attraction

Hinkler Hall of Aviation is 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

One of the most interesting places to see in Bundaberg would have to be Hinkler House. This 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

Cafe 28 overlooks the Bundaberg Botanical Garden and a is great place to relax with coffee and cake or meet with friends for lunch.

Places to eat in Bundaberg

Bundaberg has a wide range of dining options with various cuisines that include Italian, Mexican, Thai and Indian. Being a coastal city, seafood features heavily on most menus and our proximity to cattle country promises the most succulent steaks. Some of the best places to eat in Bundaberg can be found within the town of Bundaberg or in the coastal region of Bargara.

Bundaberg Restaurants

A favourite Bundaberg restaurant would have to be Grunske’s by the River or Grunske’s as the locals call it.

Grunske’s has a laid back charm with sweeping views overlooking the Burnett River. It’s the place to sit back, relax and enjoy all things seafood. If you don’t feel like dining in, check out their seafood market  and find a quit spot to enjoy your takeaway seafood feast.

Grunske’s can be found at 11E Petersen Street, East Bundaberg.

Visit Bundaberg for its Cafe Culture

Bundaberg has wholeheartedly embraced the coffee culture with many elegant and quirky cafes springing up all over the city. Here is our favourite.

Indulge Cafe offer a delicious menu of breakfast and lunch dishes as well as scrumptious cakes and pies. When you visit Bundaberg you really have to come in and try, you are in for a real treat.

Indulge can be found at 80 Bourbong Street Bundaberg.

Things to do around Bundaberg – Coastal Regions

With a mild year round climate, Bundaberg beaches are ideal for water sports as they are free of the sea wasps and stingers that are prevalent in many of the waters north of the Bundaberg beaches.

The Bundaberg region has many coastal communities which are ideal for day trips from Bundaberg CBD. With the peaceful beaches of Innes Park and Elliott Heads and world class dive site of Barolin Rocks, it’s no wonder people visit Bundaberg region for family holidays.

Of all these communities the most popular are the beaches of Bargara. Choose from the yellow sands of Kelly’s, Neilson, and Bargara beaches or when not visiting the beach, relax and unwind in one of Bargara’s cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Kelly's Beach Bargara
Early morning walks along Kelly’s Beach Bargara

Where to eat in Bargara

Bargara has a relaxed seaside resort vibe and that is reflected in its many fine restaurants. If you are staying at Bargara make sure you leave time to try them all. Of course we have our favourites, here is just one of them.

Bargara Restaurants

Kacy’s Restaurant is perfect for a long lunch relaxing on the deck with a cold glass of wine while taking in gorgeous ocean views.

Indulge in a pick from their extensive lunch menu, a favourite is the Beef Strip Salad with Chilli and Coriander, I love the zing of the Thai style dressing.

You can enjoy Kacy’s Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they can be found on the corner of Bauer Street and the Esplanade at Bargara.

Kacy's Bargara Beach Restaurant
Kacy’s Bargara Beach Restaurant

Bargara Coffee Culture

Rick’s at Bargara is the ultimate for casual beach side dining. With ocean views it is a great place for that early morning catch up with friends over a reviving cup of coffee and delicious breakfast.

Rick’s at Bargara has a delicious range of healthy and decadent treats on offer every day of the week.

Rick’s is also fully licensed, and on the weekends it’s the place to meet up with friends unwind and have fun with the Friday and Saturday night live music and Sunday sessions.

Rick’s at Bargara can be found at 1 Bauer Street Bargara.

Rick's at Bargara
Getting ready for our early morning coffee fix at Rick’s at Bargara

Bargara Accommodation – Motels & Apartments

Bargara beach accommodation ranges from resort style beach hotels to high rise apartment blocks that cater to couples and family’s. Below are some of the best holiday options for Accommodation in Bargara Bundaberg.

The Point Resort Bargara Review

The Point Resort Bargara Beach

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.

To read more reviews of The Point Bargara and check latest rates click here

Bargara Blue Resort Review

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.

To read more reviews of Bargara Blue Resort and check latest rates click here

Kacy’s Bargara Beach Motel Review

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.

To read more reviews of Kacy’s Bargara Beach Motel and check latest rates click here

C Bargara Resort Review

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.

To read more reviews of C Bargara Resort and check latest rates click here

Manta Bargara Resort Review

Manta Bargara Resort

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.

To read more reviews of Manta Resort Bargara and check latest rates click here

Coral Cove Attractions

Coral Cove and Innes Park are located a short 20 minute drive from the Bundaberg CBD.

Coral Coves world class golf course 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.

Where to stay in Coral Cove

Coral Cove Resort and Golf Club Review

Coral Cove Resort & 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.

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.

To read more reviews of Coral Cove Resort and check latest rates click here

Innes Park Attractions

Innes Park is a quiet seaside village with a safe family friendly swimming beach. Homes and beach shacks line the foreshore, a BBQ and picnic area with children’s playground, make Innes Park beach a popular spot for a day at the beach.

Innes Park Bundaberg shoreline
Innes Park has a safe family friendly swimming beach.

Where to eat in Innes Park

Innes Park Coffee Culture

If you are visiting Coral Cove make sure you drop into the Breeze Cafe at the Bakery in Innes Park. You will see it just before you get to Coral Cove.

This is a lovely place to enjoy a coffee with a breeze under the shade of the thatched Balinese roof. The Cafe has a large selection of Breakfast and Lunch dishes as well as a tempting array of cakes, pasties and tarts.

The Cafe can be found at 29 Innes Park Road, Innes Park.

Breeze Cafe Innes Park
Sweet temptations at Breeze Cafe Innes Park

Bundaberg Festivals

Visit the Crush Festival Bundaberg

The Crush Festival is a Bundaberg event which is held in October. The Crush Festival is Bundaberg showing its creative side, celebrating the regions arts and culture.

Workshops, kids fun days, performances, music shows and film festivals are some of the events that will inspire you when you visit this exciting festival.

Bundaberg Pageant of Lights

The Pageant of light, 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.

Taste Bundaberg Festival

The Taste Bundaberg Festival is held around 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. It is one of the main Bundaberg events of the year and not to be missed if you visit Bundaberg during the festival.

Bundaberg Traditional Queenslander home and canefield
A traditional Queenslander style home set amid the cane fields

Bundaberg Accommodation – Caravan Parks

For those interested in camping in Queensland. Bundaberg with its warm sunny days that stretch into winter and family friendly beaches make it a popular caravanning and camping destination all year round.

For cheap accommodation in Bundaberg QLD, staying at a caravan park is often the most economical option.

Big 4 Cane Village Holiday Park Bundaberg Review

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.

To read more reviews of Big 4 Cane Village and check latest rates click here

Bargara Beach Caravan Park Review

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.

To read reviews of Bargara Beach Caravan Park and check latest rates click here

Sunrise at Mon Repos Beach
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise just a short stroll from your beachside caravan park.

Where is Bundaberg Queensland?

Situated in the Wide Bay Burnett region of Queensland,  Bundaberg is Queensland’s 8th largest city. Approximately 380 kilometres north of Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane and approximately 4 to 5 hours drive by vehicle.

Map of Bundaberg Location

Bundaberg is located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef north of Hervey Bay and south of the city of Gladstone.

Visit Bundaberg central business district
The charming buildings of Bourbong Street, the main street of Bundaberg

Bundaberg Weather

The Bundaberg region enjoys a humid subtropical climate with average temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius during Summer months between December to February and around 10 degrees Celsius during Winter months between June to August.

Perfect weather for making the most of the beaches of the coastal towns of Bargara, Innes Park and  Moore Park. Enjoy a relaxed lifestyle of Summer barbecues by the beach, playing beach cricket, surfing and snorkelling Bundaberg and the Great Barrier Reef.

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What is Bundaberg famous for?

Bundaberg is famous as the home of Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks which are produced locally. Other well know industries include a thriving sugar cane and small crops industry. It is also home to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef with an ideal year-round climate Bundaberg is a popular holiday destination.

What is the Brisbane to Bundaberg drive time?

The Brisbane to Bundaberg drive by car takes around 4 to 5 hours. Heading north on the Bruce Highway you will pass the stunning Glass House Mountains, rainforest, the Gunalda Range and country towns.

Is there a Brisbane to Bundaberg train?

Yes. The Tilt Train, it’s a chance to sit back, relax and watch the Queensland scenery roll by. The Brisbane to Bundaberg Tilt Train train departs Brisbane daily and takes 4 ½ hours to complete the journey.

Is there a Brisbane to Bundaberg Bus?

Yes. Bus services depart daily from the Brisbane Coach Terminal and the quickest journey time is around 9 hours. However, this is dependent on Bus company routes which are subject to change.

Final words on why you need to visit Bundaberg

So, Is Bundaberg worth visiting? Most definitely. 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?


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