Sitting on the doorstep of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg is a quintessential Queensland country town.
Located on the Burnett River, it is known for its famous Bundaberg Rum that was created by five men back in 1888.
It’s turtle mania between November and March when turtles head to Mon Repos Beach, Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliot Island, to lay eggs in the dunes. Hatchlings erupt from their nests to make a dash to the sea.
Visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation showcases the life of aviation extraordinaire, Bert Hinkler, who pioneered a solo flight from England to Australia in 1928.
Check out Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and learn about the past at Fairymead Sugar Museum and the Bundaberg Railway Museum.
Family friendly accommodation includes camping grounds, hotels and apartments. The Big 4 Bundaberg is convenient and close to the town and shops. Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park is 15 minutes from Bundaberg where the Burnett River meets the ocean. C Bargara Resort, (correct) situated on the Esplanade, features apartments with spectacular ocean views. Lady Elliot Eco Resort offers eco cabins, units and two-bedroom apartments with free island tours and activities.
Bundaberg is a rich food bowl with lots of fresh produce and tropical fruit. Friday nights Riverfeast Food Markets features the area’s best produce.
You can pick up supplies from roadside stalls and other local markets including Gin Gin Market, Shalom College Markets and Apple Tree Creek Market.
There’s a buoyant locovare movement in the area. Suggested restaurants include Grunske’s By the River for a fresh seafood experience and Bundaberg cafe Alowishus.