Bundaberg | Things to do

Get ready to relax in Bundy (as the local’s call it). This family-friendly region marks the start of the Southern Great Barrier Reef with undiscovered islands offshore and nesting turtles at Mon Repos on the mainland. Plus, if you’re of age, you can take a sip of an Australian favourite at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. 

Turtles

The Mon Repos Conservation Park, in Bargara, north-east of Bundaberg, is one of Australia’s most important turtle breeding sites. See these endangered creatures come ashore to nest on the beaches from November to January, then watch as the babies hatch and make their way to the sea from February to March. 

Southern Great Barrier Reef

The Southern Great Barrier Reef begins in the clear waters off Bundaberg. Go off the grid at Lady Elliot Island, a remote coral cay with a single eco-friendly resort focused on conservation. Swim with manta rays and turtles that visit the calm waters or learn to scuba dive at one of the island’s 20 dive sites.

Farm to Table

Bundaberg’s rich red soil and sunny skies make for a foodie paradise. Sample famous Bundaberg Rum and Ginger Beer at the local distillery and brewery, and eat your fill of fresh oysters, crab, scallops and fish from the local fishing boats. Sample a huge selection of goodies at the weekly RiverFeast Markets, or time your visit to attend the Bundy Flavours and Winterfeast Farmers Market in July.

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Bridget O'Shannessy Performing Live at The Waves Sports Club

Norville, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
24 October 2019
BRIDGET O'SHANNESSY: Performing live at The Waves Sports Club, Bridget O'Shannessy, only 19 years of age, is the touring sweetheart of country music. An Tamworth Country Music Festival and Gympie Muster experienced musician, don't miss this once only performance.

Forbidden Road performing live at The Waves

Norville, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
25 October 2019
FORBIDDEN ROAD: The Waves Sports Club invites you to the live and free performance of Forbidden Road, a 4-piece blues and classic rock band from Hervey Bay, Queensland.

Forbidden Road performing live at The Waves

Norville, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
26 October 2019
FORBIDDEN ROAD: The Waves Sports Club invites you to the live and free performance of Forbidden Road, a 4-piece blues and classic rock band from Hervey Bay, Queensland.

The Other Bloke Performing Live at The Waves Sports Club

Norville, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
27 October 2019
The Waves Sports Club invites you to the live and free performance of The Other Bloke, performing hits ranging from the 60's all the way through to the '90s.

Mark Lavender Performing Live at The Waves Sports Club

Norville, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
31 October 2019
The Waves Sports Club invites you to the live and free performance of Mark Lavender, arguably the most popular country rock musician in the Wide Bay.

Mon Repos Turtle Season

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
From AU$14 - 65
9 November 2019 – 22 March 2020
The 2019/20 turtle season runs early November 2019 to late March 2020. Mon Repos Turtle Encounter is the only ranger-guided turtle encounter available on the east-coast and is instrumental in the research into turtle conservation, specifically the endangered Loggerhead turtles that frequent this beach.

Milbi Festival

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
15 – 24 November 2019
A new festival is being developed to mark the beginning of the turtle season. Through an arts and culture framework, the festival will provide a range of opportunities for artists, arts and community organisations to get involved.

Rosedale Markets

Rosedale, Bundaberg Area
Quarterly from 30 November 2019
Held quarterly, the Rosedale Markets are the perfect opportunity for everyone from the wider community to gather together socially. Stroll around and look at the vast array of stalls including car boot sales and then wander inside the Hall to enjoy a tasty treat.

Pageant of Lights 2019

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
5 December 2019
Discover your Christmas Spirit at Council's Pageant of Lights in the Bundaberg Central Business District. Enjoy the food and market stalls, street parade, turning on of the Christmas lights and live entertainment all evening.

Bundaberg Cup

Branyan, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
1 – 2 February 2020
One of Australia's richest Touch Football knockouts. Teams from around the country are getting ready to nominate for one of the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, AUD20,000, to be shared across various men's, women's and mixed divisions in the lead-up to February's event.
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