Bundaberg and North Burnett Visitor’s Guide

Perched at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and flanked by fertile farmlands, Bundaberg – or Bundy as the locals call it – has something for everyone.

Go eye-to-eye with wildlife, explore underwater coral gardens, watch turtles nesting and hatching, catch a wave on an uncrowded beach and dine out on food and wine that’s come straight from the ocean or paddock to your plate. 

Things to do in Bundaberg

Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and home to one of the largest turtle rookeries in the South Pacific, Bundaberg offers extraordinary wildlife encounters.

See Marine Turtles

Join a ranger and watch marine turtles lay their eggs (from November to January) and baby hatchlings make their first journey to the sea (from January to March) on Mon Repos beach.

Swim with Manta Rays

Swimming with rays that have a wingspan of up to five metres might be a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, but it’s an everyday occurrence on Lady Elliot Island, home to more than 450 of these gentle giants.

Tour Australia’s best rum distillery 

Australia’s favourite spirit, Bundaberg Rum, is made from local sugar cane, and no visit to Bundy is complete without a taste test of the twice-voted “best rum in the world”.

Taste local produce 

Visit local farms and markets to see why Bundaberg is a food lovers' paradise. The town’s annual Winterfeast festival features a range of “farm gate to plate” experiences.


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Places to visit

Explore a coral cay, follow a foodie trail through historic country villages or relax on the beach. Spending time in Bundaberg is all about getting back to nature and loving it.  

Bundaberg City

Wander around the impressive old buildings in the centre of town or cool off in the shade of the Botanic Gardens. Two museums not to miss are the Bundaberg Railway Museum and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which celebrates the achievements of one of Australia’s greatest pioneer solo aviators, Bundaberg local Bert Hinkler.

Bargara

You can swim all-year-round in the warm waters of Bargara, just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. With crowd-free waves, it’s also a great place to body surf or just splash about with the kids. 

Southern Great Barrier Reef

Explore the underwater wonderland of coral cays and tropical fish, perfect for first-time snorkelers and experienced divers alike. From Bundaberg, head to Lady Elliot or Lady Musgrave Island.

Cania Gorge

See ancient Aboriginal rock art and plenty of native wildlife on a hike through the sandstone wilderness of Cania Gorge National Park.

Childers

Head into sugarcane country around Childers and treat yourself to some local produce (the gourmet ice cream is much-loved), visit an open-air aviary or a reptile park, and watch a movie in a restored 1920s theatre.

Local Tip

Bargara is such a beautiful coastal town with amazing beach views and a tasty food scene! My fave spot for brekkie was the Windmill at Bargara. Oh and if you're visiting from Nov - January, you can watch mummy turtles lay at Mon Repos! Kantesha Takai
Bargara Esplanade

What’s on in Bundaberg

Throughout the rest of the year, Bundaberg celebrates the good life with a line-up of events including music festivals, Winterfeast, farmers’ markets, art shows and sporting matches.

Where to stay in Bundaberg


You’ll find a great selection of good-value motor inns and motels close to the Bundaberg city centre, or opt for a beachside apartment in Bargara – many have water views. There are also plenty of family-friendly holiday parks and camping grounds that welcome motorhomes, caravans and campervans. Show me more accommodation options.

Getting there


Bundaberg is 360km north of Brisbane, about a five-hour drive, but you can also fly direct from Brisbane with Qantas or Virgin Australia. Prefer travelling by train? Catch a Queensland Rail Tilt Train from Brisbane (4.5 hours) or the Spirit of Queensland train from Cairns (just over 19 hours). Show me more travel options.

Long-distance buses, which travel between Brisbane and Cairns several times a day, also stop at Bundaberg.

Transport from Bundaberg Airport 

Bundaberg Regional Airport is 6km south-west of the city centre. Drive time between the airport and city is just 10 minutes and you can take a taxi or hire a car at the airport. Or, hop on the shuttle bus that will take you to the city or right to your accommodation.

Getting Around

By Car

The city centre is easy to discover on foot, but hiring your own vehicle gives you the freedom to explore the rest of the Bundaberg region. Taxis are available for shorter trips around town.

Bike Hire

Hire a bike in Bargara and follow one of the Coral Coast Pathways that stretch along the coastline. Head south to Elliot Heads or north through Mon Repos to Burnett Heads.

Bundaberg Public Transport

Duffy’s City Buses will take you around the CBD and further afield to Bargara and Burnett Heads. 

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