Visit Bundaberg – Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Things to see in Bundaberg Australia
Bundaberg is approximately 4 hour’s drive North of Brisbane the State Capital of Queensland and the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Surrounded by sugarcane fields, small crops and white sandy beaches, 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.
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.
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.
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. Whale watching is an option during Whale season.
How to get there…Lady Musgrave Island can be reached by luxury high speed catamaran from Bundaberg Port Marina.
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.
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 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.
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 accommodation to suit any holiday maker. Join the locals and relax and unwind in one of the Cafes, Restaurants and Pubs.
Bundaberg Rum Factory 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 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.
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 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.
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?