The Beaches of the Bundaberg region
Discover the perfect beach getaway at Kellys Beach Resort!
The Bundaberg region boasts some of the most unspoiled and diverse beaches on the East coast of Australia.
Unlike other seaside towns, Bargara has a choice of beaches, all offering a unique experience – Neilson Park, Bargara, The Basin, Kellys, Archies and Rifle Range. Kellys Beach, our favourite for obvious reasons, is the largest and most popular beach. It’s fully patrolled during the surf-lifesaving season. Bargara Beach is a family-friendly spot with winding boardwalks, kids’ playgrounds, eateries, and cafes. Neilson’s Beach is patrolled by the local surf lifesaving club and is ideal for swimming and boogie boarding.
The beaches at Elliott Heads, Burnett Heads, Mon Repos, Innes Park, Woodgate, Moore Park, Rules and 1770/Agnes Water all have a distinctive charm. From swimming and surfing to fishing and diving, there’s something for everyone. Explore our summary below to discover the perfect beach destination for your next getaway.
We are also lucky enough to have fringing reef systems accessible from our mainland beaches. For an ultimate reef experience, a visit Lady Musgrave Island or Lady Elliot Island is highly recommended.
Remember, safety first — swim only at beaches patrolled by a lifeguard and between the flags.
Read our blog about our favourite secluded beaches
Whether you want to swim, surf, snorkel or just sit and build sandcastles, Bargara caters to all beachgoers. Unlike other seaside towns, Bargara has a choice of beaches, all offering a unique experience – Neilson Park, Bargara, The Basin, Kellys, Archies and Rifle Range. Kellys Beach, our favourite for obvious reasons, is the largest and most popular beach. It’s fully patrolled during the surf-lifesaving season. Bargara Beach is a family-friendly spot with winding boardwalks, kids’ playgrounds, eateries, and cafes.
Elliott Heads is a 15 minute drive from Bundaberg CBD and is surrounded by rural cane and small crop farms. Elliott Heads is situated at the Elliot River mouth and offers both surf and calm water swimming. Elliott Heads is the popular with jet-skiers and kite-surfers as well as local fishermen. Head up the river a little bit to find your own beach paradise but be careful of high tides! Sandstone cliffs form an interesting headland and the rocky foreshore is fun to explore. Surf lifesavers patrol the designated swimming areas during summer.
Burnett Heads is nestled along the Coral Coast and is most readily identifiable by the two historic lighthouses that dot its coastline. Oaks Beach is a 200 metre long stretch of beach safe for surfing and swimming, with many choosing to fish off the rocks and groyne at The Oaks, which are the best places to reach deep water. Snorkel or fish off the rock wall and then check out the marina to see how the other half lives. The Port Marina, boasting a shipping chandlery and restaurant, is a meeting place for locals, visitors and international yachties.
Only a couple of kilometres north of Bargara, Mon Repos is famous as the largest and most accessible turtle rookery in mainland Australia. During the day, Mon Repos is popular for swimming and sailing, however, the turtle nests must be taken into account. No dogs are allowed on the beach and beach umbrellas should not be used above the high water mark as they may damage the eggs.
Innes Park is situated 15 kilometres from Bundaberg city, along the Coral Coast, south of the township of Bargara. The Esplandade features a large park with barbecue facilities and there are two small beaches or a creek if you decide you want a dip. The rocky coastal waters are home to some great shore diving and coral formations, dive locations include Barolin Rocks and Butchers Rocks.
Woodgate beach offers a stunning curve of white sand over 16 kilometres long, backed by a continuous sweep of shady she-oaks. The township offers a quiet and picturesque place to relax, unwind and enjoy a natural experience. The calm ocean waters are protected from strong swells by Fraser Island, and the shallow seas here are home to dugongs and turtles.
Moore Park Beach is only a 15 minute drive from Bundaberg’s CBD. Offering 20 kilometres of unspoilt beaches, the northern end is used for Four Wheel Driving and the southern end is a popular swimming area. Only a short distance up the road from the beach you will find a feeding, roosting and breeding habitat for the local waterbirds. Roving lifeguards patrol the beaches seven days a week between 9am and 5pm.
Rules Beach is named after the Rule family, one of the early pioneering families in the area. Situated on the ocean front, Rules Beach is several miles long and runs the full distance between Baffle Creek and Broadwater Creek. Rules Beach is the only beach on the Discovery Coast on which you can legally drive a 4WD vehicle (permits are required, must be obtained in advance) and is the way to reach the mouth of Broadwater creek.
1770 / agnes water
Known for being the southern most tip of the Great Barrier Reef and the northern most surf beach, the Discovery Coast is a beach lovers delight! Agnes Water Beach is an unspoilt haven and Queensland’s most northerly surf beach. The beach is famous for its picturesque surrounds, surfing, kitesurfing and standup paddle boarding. Enjoy stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming at the calm waters adjacent to 1770 Foreshore.
We respectfully acknowledge the Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Bailai, Wakka Wakka, Wulli Wulli, Djaku-nde, Jangerie Jangerie, and Kabbi Kabbi Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the precious land, water and sea country on which we all love to work, live and play.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and thank them for welcoming us country today. We look forward to sharing traditional culture through tourism, in the spirit of mutual respect and reconciliation.