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Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area

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The Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef takes its name from the family of Wrasse which frequent the area. Reef sharks are frequently seen patrolling the nearby reef wall and arches area.

Follow the wall further north to Spyders Ledge, named for the number of shells by that name found in the area. Look for the shy Barramundi Cod and the brightly coloured clown triggerfish.

Lady Elliot Island
Great Barrier Reef
Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Queensland
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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.
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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.

Miara

Miara,
A stunning riverfront spot nestled on the banks of the Kolan River, Miara is a popular weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. Just 45 kilometres north of Bundaberg's city centre, Miara is a popular fishing spot with secluded beaches, bush and parklands, and a family friendly fishing village atmosphere. The park is ideal for the angler seeking a tranquil and relaxed holiday getaway, with plenty to keep the rest of the family entertained including a playground, kiosk and barbecue hut.

Oaks Beach

Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Area
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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.

Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
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Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park protects the mouth of one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. The northern shore of the creek estuary features sandy beaches backed by low, open casuarina woodlands, with paperbark woodlands further inland. The southern side of the estuary is lined with mangroves. Experience the quiet solitude of this coastal park. Go birdwatching or fishing, or stroll along the beach. Camp under the casuarinas behind the dunes overlooking the estuary and sandy beach. Take drinking water and a fuel stove. No facilities are provided. Generators are not allowed. Camping fees apply.

Light House Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Light House Bommie site off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef is a group of small coral outcrops packed with marine life. Snorkel across a sandy patch, descend past a coral ledge and drift onto the bommies to see Manta Rays waiting to be cleaned by Cleaner Wrasse. Home to batfish, stingrays, whitespotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda and many others. Leopard sharks are seen during summer.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray and Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few. Snorkel the shallows or dive coral gardens on the northern side and the extensive drop-off on the southern side. Divers and snorkellers may come face to face with manta rays, turtles, schooling fish, reef sharks, colourful reef fish, stingrays, and even sea snakes.

Coral Gardens Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Coral Gardens at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a very interesting shore dive with a maximum depth of around 12 metres. The gardens were damaged by a cyclone in 1992 but have recovered remarkably since then. This is an extremely good night dive site with all types of marine life. Night dwellers like the painted cray can be found out of their daytime hiding place.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef takes its name from the family of Wrasse which frequent the area. Reef sharks are frequently seen patrolling the nearby reef wall and arches area. Follow the wall further north to Spyders Ledge, named for the number of shells by that name found in the area. Look for the shy Barramundi Cod and the brightly coloured clown triggerfish.

Port Bundaberg

Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Area
The Burnett River flows out to sea at Burnett Heads, and just upstream is the Port of Bundaberg with its wharves and imposing sugar terminal. Here, the broad reaches of the Burnett are home to the Bundaberg Sailing Club, and as expected, there are boat ramps and car and trailer parking at the river mouth. Recognised by the National Trust as an important part of Australia's maritime history, the old Burnett Heads Lighthouse (c.1873) stands testament to a bygone era. When the lighthouse was taken out of service in 1972, it was moved to its present site next to the Burnett Heads Hall.
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