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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Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27.00 - 65.00
No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre. Here you’ll learn heaps about marine turtles, and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them. You'll also find out how a colourful history and ancient connections have shaped the Mon Repos you see today.

Biggenden

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Biggenden rests in a dramatic landscape below the rugged cliffs of Mount Walsh on the Isis Highway 339 kilometres north of Brisbane and just over one hours drive from the coastal regions of Bundaberg. Settled originally as a service town to the gold fields of Paradise and Shamrock in the 1880s, Biggenden is now famous for it's history and life on the land.

Buxton

Buxton, Bundaberg Area
Buxton is a small fishing town situated on the banks of the Burrum River at the southern end of the Isis Shire. It's about 20 kilometres off the Bruce Highway and upstream from Burrum Heads and Walkers Point.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight.

Mulgildie

Mulgildie, North Burnett Area
Mulgildie is a rural village in the Upper Burnett district, 120 kilometres west of Bundaberg city and 10 kilometres south of Monto. Mulgildie has a very active hotel, a grocer, the primary school and a sawmill.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

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.

Mon Repos

Mon Repos, Bundaberg Area
Home of the nesting and hatching turtles six months of the year this 6km stretch of beach is a secluded cove of beautiful coastline. Closed off to the public at night during turtle season, November-March, you can get up close and personal with these ancient mariners on a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter, a must for any visitor.

Musgrave Dropoff

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
On the southern side of Lady Musgrave Island the reef edge drops from 10 metres to 25 metres and forms an amazing wall of coral. Often simply called Musgrave Dropoff, this extensive wall is rarely dived, but you can jump in anywhere along its length and have a great dive.

Avondale

Avondale, 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.
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