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 four tasty weekends May – August, 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. We have our Saucing Local event at the resort on June 9th and don’t miss the Bundy Flavors Farmers Markets on 6th of July

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

The 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 $330.00

Stay 4 Nights Pay 3 from $495.00

Stay 5 Nights Pay 4 from $580.00

Stay 7 Nights Pay 6 from $870.00

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!