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