It’s Festival Time in Bundaberg

It’s Festival Time in Bundaberg

May-August '19

Jammed packed with local festivals

Our Favorite Time of Year just got more exciting, with the best regional events being held from May through to August. There is something for everyone, with great family festivals and family focused events to sampling the amazing alcoholic wares that the Bundaberg Region produces!

Don’t forget we have our best value deals all year at this time too!

See you there!

03-06 May 2018

May Flavour

Kick-Off Taste Bundaberg Festival in May with a local heritage-focused celebration of everything grown, caught, distilled, brewed and nurtured in the Bundaberg region. With over 12 events across the weekend including Kick off at Riverfeast, Bundy Story Walks & Blend your Own Rum there is something for everyone!

10-11 may 2019

Agro Trend

Two days of farming and lifestyle focussed activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Agrotrend is a field day event offering businesses, organisations and community groups the opportunity to promote products and services to a dedicated agricultural and horticultural audience.

25-26 may 2019

1770 festival

The 27th annual 1770 Festival revolves around Surf, Soul & Sound experiences. The annual street parade is all about Harmony in the twin towns of 1770 and Agnes Water.

Re-enactment of Cook’s landing on Friday 24 May at 1770 Air Sea Rescue Park, the birthplace of Queensland.

07-09 june

June Flavour

Celebrating the flourishing water ways and coastal lifestyle that the Bundaberg region is blessed with, join us in June for seafood-filled feasts and waterfront events.

Wonder the main street of Bargara with the Feast on See event

Check out our very own Taste Bundaberg Event on 9th of June

27-28 july

Childers Festival

Every year, the Bruce Highway closes to make way for a spectacular array of live music, international cuisine and multicultural celebration that is the Childers Festival.

05-07 july 2019

july flavour

Bring the whole family this July to experience the tastes of Bundaberg!

Meet local farmers at the local’s favourite farmer’s market, Bundy Flavours, and enjoy cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs.

We recommend exploring the regional  wares with a Bundy Food and Drinks Tour during the Taste Bundaberg Festival

Or spice up your Friday night at the Chilli & Lime Fiesta plus much more!



16-18 August 2019

August Flavour

Feeling thirsty? This could be our favorite Tase Month…

Friday 16 August marks the official World Rum Day and what better way to celebrate than to spend it in the Rum Capital? Experience everything Bundaberg Rum on Friday before enjoy a weekend of free-flowing drinks, full glasses and good vibes.

25th August

Oceanfest Bundaberg

Held in the picturesque Port Marina precinct, Oceanfest Bundaberg focuses on quality, local seafood, local wines, local beers, themed entertainment and a range of ocean orientated attractions, displays, demonstrations and workshops for all members of the family.

This event promotes the local, wild catch seafood, harvested from the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Bundaberg waters.


Why everyone loves the Hatchings!

Why everyone loves the Hatchings!

it ain't just because they're cute

Everyone wants to see the hatchings! We often tell our guests not to underestimate how special and majestic it is seeing the mum turtles nesting, but most just have their hearts on seeing the ‘babies’. Just like us humans, the mums do all the hard work and the cute little babies get the spotlight!

However it isn’t just because they’re cute, seeing these little guys make their way by themselves to the big wide ocean truely does something to you!




After incubating for 6-8 weeks they use a little egg tooth to break free of the ping pong ball looking egg shell. Over 5-6 days (they have little power naps in between) all the brother and sister hatchings work together to climb out of the sandy egg chamber.

Seeing them break the surface is like an eruption! All these little flippers and shells piling on top of one another, all instinctively heading towards the lowest lightest horizon above the sea.

If they survive the beach run with seagulls and crabs chasing them, they have a marathon swim of 80-100 km that takes 3-5 days to make it to the East Australia Current and they do with no help from parents!

Hatching Eruption


Witnessing this tiniest part of the turtle journey, really puts things in perspective. Seeing these 4.5 cm long and 40 gram little turtles go out to the big blue by themselves, is kinda like wow, should I really be annoyed that my latte is too hot, or someone stole my carp park?  Only 1 in 1000 of these little guys make it to adulthood. Might sound weird but witnessing the hatchings climbing the surf makes getting out of bed the day after a lot easier!


Like any new life, these cuties bring hope for the future. What is special is the ones that survive will one day, approximately 30 years later, return to the same beach to do as their mums did.

The Bundaberg community and the Bundaberg Regional Council are really proud that we are the guardians of the Loggerhead Turtles and do what we can to ensure future generations will get to experience this up close and personal wildlife encounter. In an age that sometimes can feel like the little dudes don’t mean so much, the hatching turtles at Mon Repos makes you feel anything is possible!

Thank you to the lovely Kev Webb for sharing the images of the Hatching makings its way to the big blue! The You Tube Video and other images have been sourced from Tourism Events Queensland.

 3 Day Turtle & Bundaberg Experience Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive @ Kellys

Check in at Kellys Beach Resort. Enjoy a swim in the resort pool, a game of tennis and explore the 5.5 acres of grounds. Head to Bargara for some fish n chips and ice cream on the Esplanade

Day 2

Explore Bundaberg by Day, Turtles By night

Choose from our many beaches, check if their is a Bundaberg Food Tour available or head to Ohana Cider House or The Brewhouse.

Pre-order your dinner at KBR’s in-house Restaurant so you can eat before you leave for Mon Repos and your turtle experience.

Day 3

discover bundaberg’s spirit

We have some amazing Sunsets here in Bargara. After witnessing the miricle of Turtle Hatchlings you will spring out of bed! Before heading home no visit to Bundaberg is complete without visiting the Bundaberg Rum Distillery!

Everything you need to know about Turtle season in Bundaberg

Everything you need to know about Turtle season in Bundaberg

Bundaberg is all about Turtles from October until April. We are lucky enough to have the largest concentration in the whole South Pacific of Loggerhead Turtles nesting and hatchlings at Mon Repos Beach. Every year over 400 turtles nest on our beaches and the surrounding islands of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot every year! Pretty Special right! 

We have provided this blog to give our visitors as much information about the Turtle Season here in Bundaberg as we can!

Turtles Facts

A turtle’s history and journey is a real special one!

Some live until they’re 80 years old and can get up to 900 kg! Whoa that is a lot of plankton!

Did you know the temperature of the nest will determine the sex of the hatchlings?

Once laid, the eggs will incubate for 6-8 weeks until the hatchlings erupt out of the sand beginning their journey along the East Australian Current (EAC Dude)

Light pollution is one of the biggest threats to the marine turtles survival. Our region has a Low Glow understanding where we all try to do our bit to reduce the light pollution during turtle season. Thanks to Greenfleet, Bundaberg Regional Council, Sea Turtle Alliance, Bundaberg Tourism, The Walt Disney Co and the Princes Trust Australia for coming together to protect our turtles.

Low Glow

Sign the Low Glow Pledge Here

Turtle Tours

Ranger Guided Tours are operated from Mon Repos Turtle Centre nightly from 9th of November 2019 until 28th of March 2020. Except 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12

Visitors need to at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre between 6.30 pm and 6.45 pm.

Your night starts with wandering through the dimly lit (to protect our turtles) reserve to the Turtle Centre. Hear you will be given your Tour Group sticker which are pre-allocated by the rangers based on the date of booking.

While waiting for a turtle to do its thing, there is a visitor centre with where you can learn more about turtles and the conservation efforts to increase their numbers as well as an outdoor auditorium where documentaries about Mon Repos and Turtles are shown through the night

For the young ones there is Junior Ranger activities to keep them occupied however feel free to brings board games, cards or a tablet just encase.

Once your group number is called you make your way along the boardwalk to the beach with a Ranger and Turtle volunteer to experience this truly natural encounter. Picture a secluded beach at night with minimal light pollution so the stars are amazing and baring witness to a mum laying her eggs or a clutch of hatchings running down the beach to the moonlit ocean. Really really special!

Please read The Mon Repos Turtle Encounter FAQ for the ins and outs of how the Tours operate.



We cannot express enough to ensure you BOOK IN ADVANCE. You will be really disappointed if you try to book while you are here. The turtles are really popular. There are no tickets available at Mon Repos on the night!

You can book direct here

Or you can book one of our Turtle Packages which includes a discount on accommodation and breakfast

Or contact us to add a ticket to your stay


The Turtle Express

The Turtle Express includes return transfers from Kellys Beach Resort to the Rookery as well as the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter.

You can check out our Turtle Express Package which includes a discount on accommodation and breakfast.

Or you can book direct with Bundaberg Coach Tours

Secret insider Turtle Tips:

  • Missed out on a ticket? or here after the tour season is finished? Turtles nest all along our beaches until mid May so feel free to go for a walk along the beach (conscious of noise and light pollution of course) and you never know your luck. There are volunteers patrolling the beaches until May so they will advise you what to do!
  • Hatching Tours typically happen quicker than Nesting Tours.
  • Bring bug repeallant.
  • Turtles don’t mind the rain so tours will operate in all weather except, lightning or extreme weather events.
  • Bring a torch on tour as you may be lucky enough to use the light to guide a little hatching to the ocean

Why we love winter!

Why we love winter!

This is our favourite time of year! As a family we come from Melbourne originally so Winter is just perfect for us, not too hot, not too cold and its the only time we get the warm pj’s out! Weather aside we have put together our Top 10 Reasons why we love Winter here in Bundaberg on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. There is no way we could rank them so they are in no particular order. We hope your enjoy the read and we look forward to sharing our special part of Queensland with you next time you visit!

Manta Migration Season

Lady Elliot Island is known as the ‘Home of the Manta Ray’ and these giant kites of the sea can be seen feeding around the island throughout the year but aggregate in larger numbers during the winter months. The manta ray is the world’s largest ray, with a wing span of up to seven meters.

From May – August Mantas make their annual migration along the east coast and their favourite pit stop is Lady Elliot Island.

Water Visibility is at it’s Best

Wether your snorkelling at Lady Musgrave Island, Lady Elliot Island or along the many reef systems accessible from our mainland beaches, like Barolin Rocks, Hoffman Rocks or Oaks Beach, winter is the best time of year for under water clarity and visibility!

Fresh & Local Produce

The Farms come alive at this time of year!

We love how you can pick up all the veg and fruit you need from the road side farm stalls and markets.

Our favorite spots are The Lettuce Patch and Alloway Farm Market

Here is a guide to Farm Tours and what farms you can access.

Taste Bundaberg Festival

Held over 10 tasty days 12 – 21 June, 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.

Unfortunatly this years event was cancelled do to COVID-19

Pick your own Strawberries

This is a great activity on a winter morning! Tinaberries & SSS Strawberries offer this experience to visitors.

Picking season normally runs from May – Early September

There is something really awesome about eating something you have picked yourself, plus they are delicious!

Sunrise & Sunset

The absolute sparkling clarity that Winter brings to Sunsets and Sunrises is just breath taking!

There is a great walking and cycling path with uninterrupted views along the coastline

At Moneys Creek causeway you can see the sun go down and the moon come up. Champagne is optional!

Deserted Beaches

Our beaches don’t get too busy at the best of times however obviously there are not as many people swimming this time of year. You will not have any trouble finding a spot all to yourself. Read here for our favourite secluded beaches, where sometimes even when it is busy you can have the beach to yourself.

Whale Season

Whale Season starts early June through to October. Their Migration path takes them right past our shores. Take a picnic to the beach and see if you can spot any!

You can check out our 2 Whale Watching Packages

Winter School Holidays

Our Winter School Holidays are by far the best value of all School Holidays, and as always they are packed with lots of fun resort activities!

If you book in early enough you can even book our Stay Pay Deals!

Check out our School Holiday Deals

Best Value Holidays

From May to early September we have our Stay Pay Deals

where we give you a night for FREE.

Stay 3 Nights Pay 2 from $338.00

Stay 4 Nights Pay 3 from $507.00

Stay 5 Nights Pay 4 from $600.00

Stay 7 Nights Pay 6 from $840.00

Plus the Winter School Holidays are in our Off Season so you get an awesome price and the kids have a ball! Psst our Swimming Pool is heated too!

Our favourite secluded beaches in Bundaberg!

Our favourite secluded beaches in Bundaberg!

Off the back of our first blog the Top 10 Things we love about Winter in Bundaberg on the Southern Great Barrier Reef comes ‘Our Favourite Secluded Beaches’ Blog. We are pretty lucky here to still have secluded beaches. Even though they’re at there most secluded during the winter months, even over January you can still get a beach to yourself if you know where to look!

Our busiest beaches are not even that crazy at the busiest time of year so we also love Archies Beach and Kellys Beach too, which are only 2 minutes walk away from the resort!


Rifle Range Beach

Our favourite part of Rifle Range Beach is the natural coastal bush that you walk through and that shelters the beach. There is no car park in sight and the bush protects it from the road.

At low tide there is great rock pools and Rifle Range Creek can be explored. Great place to chase ghost crabs too.

If you have bikes (you can hire some from us) there is a great path that weaves along Rifle Range Creek and along the Coast.

It is so beautifully peaceful.


Neilson’s Beach

Neilo’s as it is affectionately known by us locals, is our local Surf Beach. Nippers and Surf Carnivals are held here, so if you’re after seclusion plan around these events.

This is a lovely beach with an awesome Park for the kids, a basketball court, exercise equipment close by and showers! The bike path goes right past here so you could even ride down, it is only 3. 8 km. You could definitely make a day out of Neilson’s Park.

Psst, there is also awesome coffee too. Check out Sea Bean for their opening hours


Elliot Heads Beach

Elliot Heads is one of Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reefs best kept secrets. The river meets the ocean here and the colours and the view is spectacular, we reckon it even gives the Whitsundays a run for its money.

On low tide you can walk across the sand to Dr Mays Island (in season as closed for nesting birds) and even get glimpses of Coonar Beach. It seems like the beach goes on forever here in three different directions!

There is Driftwood Cafe that has burgers and chips too, so make an afternoon of it!


Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach is just over 40 minute drive but well worth it! This has got to be the most untouched part of the Bundaberg Region sitting in the Burrum Coast National Park. Just down the road from the beach is the unmissable Theodolite Creek. If you can plan it go on dusk or dawn to check out the kangaroos.

There is a great cafe just across the road from the beach, if you need a coffee for the return drive Russo Nature park is only 20 minutes away too which has a nice easy 30 minute walk through bush to a lookout!

Come stay in one of our Eco Villas at  Kellys Beach Resort when exploring the beaches of Bundaberg!
Blog written by Loni Springer and lover of everything Bundaberg and Nature