Coral Coast Region
Known for its access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg has beautiful sweeping white sand beaches. At Woongarra Marine Park visitors can snorkel right from the shore to find resting turtles, bull rays, groupers and Wobbegong sharks. Witness endangered sea turtles as they hatch and make their big journey to the sea at Mon Repos. Within Burnett Heads is a bustling beach culture with waterfront dining, boutique shopping outlets, pubs and clubs. Further south, Moore Park beach allows four-wheel driving along the water’s edge and Woodgate beach even has four-wheel driving trails leading to National Park camping grounds and secluded beachside picnic areas. For the more secluded option, Elliot Heads is situated at the mouth of the Elliot River surrounded by rural cane fields and small crop farms.
Bundaberg Bush Walks
The Bundaberg community is very enthusiastic about keeping active while preserving and increasing awareness of their natural wildlife areas. The Botanical Gardens is a huge attraction sprawled over 27 hectares of land where a variety of tree and plant species are abundant amongst the winding trails. Freshwater wetlands and rainforest at Baldwin Swamp contain a network of walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges close to the Bundaberg town centre. The Coral Coast pathways offer walk and bike trails along many popular beaches with picnic and barbeque facilities at stops along the way. Heading north and up into the top of a dormant volcano, Sloping Hummock is full of suspended wooden walkways winding through thick vegetation and running streams before opening up to beautiful panoramic views across the Bundaberg region below.
The Bundaberg region celebrates its rich and diverse historic background through its people, businesses and attractions. The Hinkler Hall of Aviation honours Bert Hinkler as a pioneer of flight, who played a significant part in the advancement of aviation during the early 20th century. The centre has become one of Australia’s most significant educational attractions by educating through entertainment with document display, lectures and real aircraft. Let your inner child out by taking a ride on a coal-fired steam train which journeys throughout the Botanical Gardens. Learn about the first railroad station in Bundaberg as displays of old photographs, uniforms and railroad equipment transport you back in time. Enjoy an adult tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery where you learn the history of how sugarcane was turned into rum in the late 1800s becoming a national icon. They have a tasting flight for rum lovers and a souvenir shop for branded goodies to take home.
Whether you are discovering the beaches, bushwalks or historic culture within Bundaberg, you’ll find there are endless activities for your next holiday. For those looking for Bundaberg accommodation, Econo Lodge Park Lane is centrally located for convenience along the Burnett River.