Things to do
Welcome to Bundaberg, the Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef is part of the reef where visitors feel as if they are discovering places no one else has ever seen. Great begins with the ladies of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island. Bundaberg is also home to Mon Repos Turtle Centre where visitors have the opportunity to see nesting and hatching turtles from November to March.
There is so much to see and do no matter what age you are – Macadamias Australia, Tinaberries, SSS Strawberries, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, Fairymead House Sugar Museum, Enviro Reefs Paddle and Surf School, Bundy Belle River Cruise, Splitters Farm, Amandine Lavender Farm, Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours, Helicopter Flights with Raptair Aviation, Snakes Down Under, and Alexandra Park Zoo are always popular with visitors.
Let’s not forget the world famous Bundaberg Rum (the Museum is a must see and the Blend Your Own Rum Experience is highly recommended) Bundaberg Brewed Drinks (the iconic Bundaberg Ginger Beer is always a favourite!), Kalki Moon Distillery & Brewing, Ohana Cider House & Tropical Wintery, Waterview Distillery and Ballistic Bargara – The Brewery.
Explore the tranquil beaches of the Bundaberg region or travel further afield and discover the seaside communities of Agnes Water and Town of 1770, or venture into towering cliffs, ancient caves, and sheltered gorges in the Cania Gorge National Park.
Check out What’s On Bundaberg for more information
LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND
3000 acres of living reef seemingly plucked from the pages of an aspirational travel guide, Lady Musgrave Island is one of the most magical places in the world. Situated on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, just a stone’s throw from the Bundaberg coastline, Lady Musgrave Island is a boat ride from Bundaberg.
mon repos turtle encounter
November to March is Turtle Season in Bundaberg. Bargara is home to the Largest Loggerhead Turtle Rookery in the Southern Hemisphere. Witness mother turtles laying their eggs during ranger-guided tours at the Mon Repos Turtle Encounter between November and January and hatchlings emerging from their nests from January to March.
LADY ELLIOT ISLAND
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.
Bundaberg Tours & Activities
Discover Bundaberg’s diverse charm while staying at Kellys Beach Resort. Explore Mon Repos Turtle Centre, local farms, cultural tours, river cruise, paddleboarding or surfing. Indulge in Bundaberg’s famed rum, breweries, iconic beverages and fresh local produce. Uncover wildlife wonders and more. Your adventure begins here!
bundaberg rum distillery
No visit to Bundaberg is complete without a visit to the birthplace of the iconic Bundaberg Rum. Do you want to learn the secrets of Bundaberg Rum and find out how it’s made? Book a Bundaberg Rum Museum & Distillery tour and discover the distillery experience! Why not try the ‘Blend Your Own Rum Experience’.
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation celebrates Australia’s famous solo aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler. Become part of the story through interactive displays,full size display aircraft exhibits and unique museum artefacts, including the beautifully restored Hinkler House ‘Mon Repos’, Bert Hinkler’s relocated Southampton home.
taribelang bunda cultural tours
Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours is an immersive Indigenous experience sharing rich history and culture of the Taribelang people who have lived on Country for more than 60,000 years. Passionate guides Bec and Nigel take guests on a journey through time, sharing local Aboriginal culture and history that has been passed on from generation to generation.
Enjoy a walk through the original orchards of Macadamias Australia and wander through the Visitor Experience Centre to learn all about the origin of the macadamia nut, how they are planted, harvested, processed and packaged at the on-site processing facility. Satisfy your tastebuds at the macadamia inspired café, The Orchard Table, and grab some take aways from the Farmgate Shop.
Splitters Farm is a 160 acre property bordered by Splitters Creek, a fresh water nature reserve that feeds into Bundaberg’s Burnett River. The farm was established in 2017 as a safe haven and sanctuary for rescued farm animals. They offer a range of activities for day trippers including Farm Entry (self guided) 7 days a week or Guided Farm Tours (operate during school holidays).
BEACHES OF THE BUNDABERG REGION
Bundaberg is home to some of the most untouched beaches on the east coast including Bargara, Elliott Heads, Moore Park Beach, Burnett Heads, Innes Park and Woodgate Beach. We are also lucky enough to have fringing reef systems accessible from our mainland beaches too.
town of 1770 and agnes waters
Only 1.5 hours drive north, the coastal towns of Agnes Water and Town of 1770 are definitely worth a visit. Surrounded by national parks, it’s the only place along the east coast where you can see the sun set over the water and being home to 1770 Larc! Tours it makes for a fantastic day trip.
CANIA GORGE NATIONAL PARK
Explore Cania Gorge National Park, a timeless wonder shaped by ancient forces. Uncover Aboriginal art in its towering cliffs and hidden caves. With eight diverse trails, from leisurely creek-side strolls to challenging climbs, it’s a nature lover’s haven.
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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.