Bundaberg is situated on the banks of the Burnett River, 20km inland from the beautiful Coral Coast. This town oozes country charm and has an all-access pass to Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The architecture of Bundaberg’s historic main street reflects a bygone era. And local museums feature the history of the region’s sugar cane industry and the town’s favourite son, aviator Bert Hinkler.
Today Bundaberg’s most famous residents are the loggerhead turtles found year-round in the reef’s coral lagoons. Turtle action cranks up a notch at nearby Mon Repos from November to March. Nesting mothers come ashore to lay their eggs before their adorable hatchlings emerge to make a dash for the sea; it's a fantastic sight to behold. On top of all of this is Bundaberg’s most famous export, rum. Like everything else in Bundaberg, the rum is well worth a try.
Unpack once at our waterfront hotel in stunning Hervey Bay to discover whales, wilderness and much more. We’ll see these majestic creatures up close on a whale watching cruise, take a 4WD adventure on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, taste Bundaberg’s famous rum at the distillery, ride the historic Mary Valley Rattler and visit the informative Hinkler Hall of Aviation as we delve into all this region has to offer.
Get back to nature and discover some iconic Queensland destinations. Take a guided nature walk discovering the flora and fauna of beautiful Carnarvon Gorge before getting up close with the turtles and even volunteer at the Rehab centre on Quoin Island. Enjoy bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay whilst staying on secluded Heron Island. Then venture out on a full Paradise tour to Bustard Head on the iconic LARC whilst staying in Agnes Waters.
Turtles can be spotted throughout the year swimming in the temperate waters of the coral cays on nearby islands.
You can also visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Fifteen minutes east of Bundaberg, Mon Repos Beach supports the largest population of nesting marine turtles in eastern Australia. The survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle depends on the success of nesting and hatching turtles at this very beach. The centre is a hub of marine turtle research, protection, and education. And during the nesting season (November to March), ranger guides escort visitors onto the beach at night to witness the wonder of nesting mothers and their hatchlings. Bundaberg turtle tours are popular, so book ahead to secure your spot.
Bundaberg is also a gateway to Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Islands. It’s possible to make a day trip to Lady Elliot Island with its abundance of resident manta rays. However, a two-night stay at the eco-resort is recommended to experience the surrounding reef fully. Lady Musgrave Island makes for a better option for reef day-trippers. Cruises depart from Bundaberg Port Marina to this pristine coral cay, which can be explored by diving, snorkelling, or glass-bottom boat.
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Bundaberg is famous for several things, including its production of Bundaberg Rum, an Australian staple. The city is also known for its sugar cane plantations, which are used to produce Bundaberg's iconic ginger beer.
Bundaberg is around 360km north of Brisbane and can be reached by car (4.5 hours) or plane (45 minutes). Queensland Rail operates services from Brisbane to Bundaberg on the Tilt Train. Accommodation options are plentiful throughout town, and neighbouring Bargara Beach makes for a great base if you plan to join a night time Turtle Encounter.
Other must-do Bundaberg tours include a visit to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery (you can even blend your own rum) and a stop-in at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, the home of Bundaberg’s famous Ginger Beer. The Hinkler Hall of Aviation can be found in the town’s verdant Botanic Gardens alongside the historic Fairymead House and a working sugar cane train. And from July to November, it's migration season, so book yourself a Bundaberg whale-watching tour.
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