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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Taste Bundaberg Festival

Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Area
3 May – 18 August 2019
Held over four tasty weekends, Taste Bundaberg Festival is an invitation to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, pile plates high and leave glasses empty. Come, take a seat at The Great Bundaberg Feast.

Rosedale Markets

Rosedale, Bundaberg Area
Quarterly from 25 May 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.

BackTrack Boys – Community Movie

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
28 May 2019
Reconciliation Week BackTrack Boys features the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and the youth program he runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, NSW. When everyone else gives up on troubled kids like Zac, Tyrson and Rusty, they head to Back Track.

Djuki Mala

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
29 May 2019
Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production. Unique, infectious, high energy…like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart.

Eidsvold Bush Spirit Festival

Eidsvold, North Burnett Area
From AU$2 - 5
1 June 2019
The Eidsvold Bush Spirit Festival is held at the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold. This event is a family friendly festival that features demonstrations of traditional and contemporary bush skills.

La Fille Du Regiment – The Met Opera

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
2 June 2019
Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is a delight. The famous aria “Ah, Mes Amis,” with its nine high Cs, is one of opera’s most show-stopping numbers. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena take on the challenging vocal fireworks in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging.

Tully – Community Movie

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
5 June 2019
Charlize Theron is dynamite as Marlo, a mother struggling to deal with two toddlers and a newborn. When Marlo’s brother gifts her a nanny named Tully, her life suddenly changes. Tully is young, radiant and energetic, helping with demands of motherhood.

Taste Bundaberg Festival - Seafood Degustation

Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Area
From AU$100 - 100
7 June 2019
Visit Burnett Heads, where the country meets the coast, for a seven-course seafood degustation and cider experience. Tickle your tastebuds with a carefully curated menu designed by Head Chef Matthew Buwalda showcasing locally-caught seafood, paired perfectly with hand-selected ciders and wines from local distillery Ohana Cider House and Tropical Winery.

Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
7 June 2019
Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache.

Taste Bundaberg Festival - Wine and Canapes on the River

Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg Area
From AU$135 - 135
8 June 2019
Cruise the Burnett River on a food tour like no other! Experience Bundaberg’s brand new eight metre Barbecue Pontoon boats with your own skipper and chef. For two hours, enjoy the regions finest canapes and wines prepared for your exclusive group of 10 as you make your way along the reaches of the Burnett River.
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