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Bundaberg

Whether you drive, fly, train, walk or ride as you arrive in Bundaberg, you can't help but notice rolling rich red soil, rows of sugarcane, macadamias and criss-cross grids of Australia's food bowl that greet you in every which way.

Bundaberg city is most fondly associated with rum of the same name and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks which are exported to the world, but a visit to this turtle town will leave much more than just a sweet sensation on the tip of your tongue.

If tours are right up your alley, there are several options - the Bundaberg Rum factory, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Fairymead House and Wednesday art walk at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

If you like to cruise, you can take a leisurely meander up the Burnett River on a guided boat tour. Or, head out to Lady Musgrave Island onboard a luxury vessel departing from the Bundaberg Port.

Pack your snorkel and togs though because just 15 minutes from the city, swimming, snorkelling, surfing and beachcombing are all just a quick dip away. Head anywhere between Burnett to Elliott Heads - or even ride a bike along the Coral Coast track to experience the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

If visiting between November to March you can also have the Mon Repos turtle experience - a night tour offering up close and personal experiences with these ancient mariners while they lay and hatch.

Bundaberg is also known to have the pick of the crop when it comes to fresh produce straight from the farm. It's referred to as Australia's food bowl with nearly 90 per cent of the countries sweet potatoes grown in the region. The pick of the crop can be found there, with farm gate markets, fresh seafood and many local restaurants and cafes serving up the best, seasonal produce.

Whether you're a connoisseur, art critic, historian or are into the natural nightlife - Bundaberg is a sweet sugar town with more than meets the eye.

Bundaberg
Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Queensland
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Coonarr

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Coonarr Beach is a 4.2 kilometre long, east facing beach that begins amongst the tidal shoals of the Elliott River mouth, then runs straight down to the smaller mouth of Coonarr Creek. There is a gravel road out to the small beachfront settlement of Coonarr, located toward the southern end of the beach. The beach receives waves averaging over 0.5 metres, which maintain a relatively steep and narrow high tide beach fronted by a continuous low tide bar, up to 100 metres wide. Coonarr is a dog friendly beach, so feel free to take your pooch along too. There is carparking, a table area (but no tables or doggy poop bags so please ensure you have your own supplies and take them with you when you leave). Fires are allowed on the beach (as long as there are no fire warnings or bans). Coonarr is a s long stretch of sandy white beach which to the left you can see Elliott Heads and to the right you can see Woodgate Beach.

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.

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.

Mon Repos Regional Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Mon Repos Regional Park, a quiet coastal oasis near Bundaberg, is special! The beach supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. Their nesting and hatching success here at Mon Repos is critical for their survival. At this globally-significant site you can learn about these extraordinary animals - a visit to Mon Repos Turtle Centre offers a turtle encounter like very few others in the world. Mon Repos also features Woongarra rainforest scrub, the site of Bert Hinkler's first glider flights, a tidal lagoon, rock pools and an historic basalt stone wall built by South Sea Islanders, who were brought to Queensland from the 1880s to work in the sugar industry. Explore the park on walking tracks and cycling tracks or, if you prefer a slower pace, take a wander along the beach to look at tidal rock pools. Entry to Mon Repos Regional Park is free. Fees apply for night access to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and Mon Repos Turtle Encounters during turtle season (November to March). See Mon Repos Turtle Centre listing for admission and booking details.
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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.

Avondale

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
If you have ventured the "back way" along Rosedale Road to Agnes Water and 1770 then Avondale makes a great stop off for lunch or even a quick overnight stay in the bushy and scrub surrounds. Avondale Hotel hosts great entertainment, meals and offers motel accommodation and free overnight camping.

Coral Cove

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Spend quiet days fishing for tailor, diving coral reefs or taking up the challenge of an 18-hole golf course at Coral Cove. At the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, just 20 minutes from Bundaberg and a short drive from Bargara the Coral Cove community is friendly and relaxed. Enjoy a morning walk along the oceanfront or a quiet drink in the clubhouse.

Cochrane Artificial Reef Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Cochrane Artificial Reef in Woongarra Marine Park offers a variety of sites just off the coast from Bargara, Elliot Heads or Riverview in the Bundaberg region. Explore the 33 metre wreck 'Ceratadus II' (Sand Dredge), two Mohawk aircraft, King Air aircraft, water tower and a huge concrete modules, pipes and other structures. There are manta rays, dolphins, pelagics, friendly estuary cod, family of grouper, coral trout, red emporer, mackeral, tuskfish, leopard sharks rays and numerous coral reef species.

Hoffman's Rocks Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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Hoffman's Rocks is a colourful dive in Woongarra Marine Park which can be accessed from Bargara. A feature of the dive is split bommie - two large submerged rocks with a swim through and small cave. Diver's will be treated to seeing resting turtles, bull rays, groupers and wobbegong sharks. There is a vast array of soft corals (gorgonia sea fans and ‘trees’ of ‘pom poms’) and scattered hard corals. Many varieties of nudibranchs are unique to this location. Schools of barracuda and trevally, lionfish, cuttlefish and even Olive sea snakes are attracted to this area.
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