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Southern Great Barrier Reef

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area

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The Southern Great Barrier Reef is your first jumping off point travelling north to see one of the wonders of the natural world. Featuring the coral isles of Lady Musgrave, Lady Elliot, Fairfax, Hoskins and the coral reefs of Fitzroy, Boult, Llewelyn - day tours, resort stays and wilderness camping and multi day scuba diving tours are available. The Southern Great Barrier reef is renowned world wide for scuba diving and it's pristine, unspoilt beauty. Only six operators access this region of the reef, an area of over 150000 square kilometres. Manta Rays, turtles and migrating Humpback Whales are an icon of this area, as is the fantastic year round visibility.

Bundaberg and the Town of 1770 are your two gateways to visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Cruises depart Bundaberg to Lady Musgrave Island and flights depart to Lady Elliot Island and also to other cays and reefs on a day cruise. From the Town of 1770, cruises depart to Lady Musgrave Island and Fitzroy Reef. There's also the wonder of life on a coral cay - for birdwatchers, nature lovers and even geologists - you don't even have to get wet!

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Scenic Flights
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Disabled access is available through various tours and resort stays. Please discuss your requirements with these operators.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef
Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Queensland
Australia

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From AU$2495.00 - 3949.00
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Located in the beautifully restored colonial style clubhouse at Coral Cove Golf Club, Coral Cove Restaurant is relaxed and offers stunning views to the Pacific Ocean. The blackboard menu features freshly caught seafood and succulent steaks, complemented by a concise selection of wine and beer. A private function room seats up to 100 guests.
Originally known as Bundaberg Cold Stores, Grunske's by the River is known as the place to go for the freshest local seafood in the Bundaberg Region. Overlooking the Burnett River, Grunske's is perfect both for daytime casual meals or romantic sunset dates. Either pick up seafood to takeaway, or dine in the restaurant on the wide wooden deck.

Salt at Bargara

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
Salt restaurant is situated on the tip of the Great Barrier Reef, overlooking the ocean in the heart of Balgara. The concise menu boasts locally sourced produce with a focus on fresh seafood to compliment the beachside setting, yet not forgetting locally sourced beef, or vegetarian diners. Whether for a casual coffee stop or a romantic evening dinner, Salt provides a tranquil atmosphere.
Indulge Café prepares food with the promise that they know where it came from, and how it was made. Sourcing food that is nurtured, picked and prepared by local producers, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a menu comprising of all house made items, from macadamia maple butter to relish, jams and a sumptuous array of baked goods and desserts. Sip a cup of single origin Jasper coffee, or chow down on a rustic ‘Umami burger'. Or, book a personal dinner party.

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.
Located at 167a Bourbong St, Bundaberg, Sabrosa Steakhouse offers casual, family friendly dining. The well-priced menu spans from seafood to pasta and delicious desserts, but steak is the main focus. Choose your favourite cut, or take the Sabrosa challenge and try to finish 1kg of rump steak, 500g of veggies and 500g of potato wedges in under 30mins and receive your meal half price.

Catalonia Mediterranean Restaurant

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
With red checkered table clothes, posy of flowers, and delicious Mediterranean dishes in front of you, you might just forget you are in the sunny coastal town of Bargara. The restaurant was inspired by the owner's trip in beautiful Catalonia in Spain, and they've created a Mediterranean experience that will be as close as you can get to a holiday.
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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.

Burnett River Cruises

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From AU$25.00 - 25.00
Enjoy a relaxing two and a half hour river cruise on the beautiful Burnett River aboard the fully restored classic river ferry, the gorgeous Bundy Belle. Tours depart from Grunskes By the River ponton and include full commentary of the river's colourful history. See the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the Bulk Sugar Terminal, the ocean going yachts moored at the Bundaberg Marina and the trawlers unloading at the seafood processing plants. Enjoy the tranquillity of the river's lower reaches - sit back in comfort in the roomy cabin or upstairs on the deck wih your complimentary tea or coffee. Cold drinks available to purchase on board or welcome to bring your own. Bundy Belle departs from Grunskes By The River Seafood Market and Restaurant where you can indulge in local seafood delights and many other scrumptious meals. Please check out their web site or call them for scheduled cruise times, prices and upcoming events.
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