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Bundaberg North Burnett

Country charm meets coastal cool in ‘Bundy’, where it’s not unusual to feast on fresh farm-gate fare, dive the Southern Great Barrier Reef and watch baby turtles hatch all in one day.

Sand. Sun. Snorkel. Repeat

If the Southern Great Barrier Reef was a marathon, Bundaberg would be the starting line. But there's only one pace required to explore the region's beaches, fringing coral reefs and islands, and that's slow and steady.

  • Lay out a towel at Woodgate and count your fellow beachgoers on one hand.
  • Cross swimming with manta rays off your list at Lady Elliot Island.
  • Dive off the mainland at Bargara and play spot the reef fish.

Turtle town

Forget nature documentaries; witness the turtle life cycle live and unedited as the annual nesting and hatching season unfolds.

  • Take part in Australia's only ranger-guided tours at Mon Repos from November to March.
  • Put your best flipper forward and swim alongside resident turtles at Lady Elliot Island.

Eat/drink local

A place where roadside honesty boxes, seafood straight off the boat and paddock-to-plate dining meet; the sugar-cane framed Bundaberg North Burnett region offers a drive-through experience of the fresh food kind.

  • Pick your own strawberries, figs, avocados, oranges and more from roadside stalls and farm gates.
  • Chew your way through locally-sourced menus, with ingredients delivered direct to the kitchen by the farmer.

Hop, skip & jump

No visit to Bundaberg is complete without a road trip to discover more of the region’s best kept secrets along Australia’s Country Way.

  • Head to Childers and try the creamiest homemade macadamia nut ice-cream.
  • Visit citrus capitals Gayndah and Mundubbera and take an orchard tour.
  • Put your hiking boots on, travel west to Cania Gorge National Park and get some perspective among the sandstone monoliths and ancient caves.
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Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.

Lake Wuruma

Eidsvold, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
Lake Wuruma is located 48 kilometres north of Eidsvold and has a capacity of 165,000 megalitres. The lake took three years and AUD5.3 million to build and provides irrigation for the regions agriculture. Lake Wuruma sits on the Nogo River and then flows into the Burnett River down stream. Facilities include sheltered picnic areas, wood barbecues, designated camping areas, toilets and boat ramps. There is an annual fishing competition with great prizes to be won. Some of the fish species to be caught include Australian Bass, Silver Perch, and Barramundi. Wuruma Dam is one of the most popular natural attractions in this area. As a relaxing water recreation facility, Wuruma Dam hosts water sports, picnics, barbecues and a fresh wetlands surroundings. The Wuruma Dam Fish Restocking Association stock fish including barramundi, Australian bass, golden perch and silver perch. There are breeding populations of eel-tailed catfish spangled perch and eels. Being one of the few Bass/Barra lakes, Wuruma has big potential to draw serious tourism from keen anglers wanting to tangle with two of Australia's premier sports fish targets.

Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
The largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland occurs at Mon Repos, and from November to March, visitors can watch nesting and hatching turtles on the beach at night. This park is world famous for its marine turtle wildlife spectacle where loggerhead, flatback and green turtles come ashore to nest on an accessible mainland beach. The park is also home to Woongarra rainforest remnants, mangroves, a tidal lagoon and historic sites. In winter and spring, take quiet beach walks, watch birds or explore rock pools. From November to March, take a night tour for a close encounter with turtles on the beach. You may see turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs; or witness hatchlings emerging from their nests and heading for the sea. Turtle watching is very popular, so bookings are essential and fees apply. Visit the information centre to learn about Mon Repos, turtles and the nearby Great Sandy Marine Park.

Woodgate Beach Park and Playground

Woodgate, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Woodgate Beach boasts 16 kilometres of white sandy beaches surrounded by 20,000 hectares of National Park. The Woodgate Beach Park and Playground is located on the waterfront offering stunning views of the coastline. Woodgate Beach is situated 38 kilometres of the Bruce Highway along Goodwood and Woodgate Roads (all bitumen). You will find prolific numbers of birds including emus, brolgas and jabiru together with kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, possums and reptiles which all inhabit the National Park and surrounding areas. Woodgate offers a quiet place to relax, unwind and enjoy a natural experience.

Cania Gorge National Park

Monto, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
Towering cliffs, ancient caves and sheltered gorges are highlights of this park, which preserves a valuable remnant of the Brigalow Belt, Aboriginal freehand art and varied habitats for wildlife. Brigalow forest, eucalypt woodland, cypress pine woodland, dry rainforest and grassland are found in this park, which is also home to more than 90 species of birds. Enjoy a picnic and find out about the park's wildlife, vegetation and history beside pretty Three Moon Creek. Bushwalkers can choose from eight walks of varying length and difficulty. Take an easy amble on the Picnic Area circuit along Three Moon Creek or take the longer Shamrock mine site walk to find out about the area's past. Tackle the more difficult Castle Mountain track and be rewarded by lovely views of the gorge. Watch for platypus in the creek and peregrine falcons soaring above cliffs.

Sunset Track

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Part of a string of wetland remnants in the Bundaberg area, Baldwin Swamp Conservation Park is a tiny slice of Kakadu right in the heart of the city. Waterways here provide valuable feeding and breeding grounds for a variety of waterbirds and other wildlife. As you walk along the Sunset Track beside Bundaberg Creek, look for waterbirds. More than 75 species live in the park. At night, see brushtail and common ringtail possums, short-nosed bandicoots, insectivorous bats and echidnas.

Kinkuna Section

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known. Kinkuna offers a true coastal wilderness experience for camping or hiking. Sand tracks lead through the predominantly flat landscape dense with vegetation and along the oceanfront. Kinkuna section is renowned for its springtime wildflower displays. The vegetation of coastal heath and banksias grows in poor, sandy soils either swampy or very dry and as is often the case, these types of areas put on a spectacular wildflower show - where it seems every bush and tree is covered in pale blossoms of white, pink and yellow hues. August to October is the peak time to view these wildflowers here, in Woodgate section and also just to the north at the Coonarr Wildflower Reserve. Kangaroos and wallabies, emus and abundant birdlife are features of the park.

Mount Walsh National Park

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
A prominent landmark in the Biggenden region is the granite bluff area of Mount Walsh, in the northern part of mountainous Mount Walsh National Park. Exposed granite outcrops, rugged ridges and steep forested slopes support a range of vegetation. Follow the 300 metre trail from the picnic area through open eucalypt forest to a rocky creek gully fringed in rainforest, then on to lookouts over surrounding countryside. With caution, experienced walkers can take the strenuous (unmarked) two and a half hour hike to Mount Walsh's bare granite summit. You will be rewarded with stunning views.
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Located on the waterfront at the gorgeous Burnett Heads, this beautiful park offers plenty of space to run and play. For the kids there is a large climbing frame and a smaller playground. For the adults, sit back and enjoy the view of the pristine blue water whilst watching the kids play in the great outdoors. There is also a skate park in the vicinity. This is also the start of the Turtle Trail walk which will take you all the way to Bargara - perfect for a walk or bike ride.

Oaks Beach

Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Only 18 kilometres north east of Bundaberg you will find Oaks Beach - a small beach good for snorkelling, fishing, rock walking or swimming. There is also a 200 metre stretch of beach perfect for surfing. The best places for fishing are off the rocks or groyne at Oaks Beach which are the best places to reach the deep water. The best playground to check out in Burnett Heads is the South Head Parklands where you will find playground equipment for all ages, skate park, wide spaces to kick a ball around and barbecue and picnic facilities. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on Oaks Beach. Oaks Beach is patrolled by Lifesavers seven days a week from 8am to 5pm.
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