Bundaberg Holiday Guide

Thinking of visiting Bundaberg for your next family holiday but wondering what there is to do in the area? 

We've got you covered!

Bundaberg is a Queensland hidden gem. There are beautiful beaches, great family activities and turtles! 

And that's not all. 

Life Savers Beach at Elliott HeadsLife Savers Beach at Elliott Heads

About Bundaberg, Queensland

Bundaberg is about 4 hours north of Brisbane. It's a place many backpackers visit to work on farms and pick fruit and veggies - a lot of food is grown here.

It's an easy-going, friendly place with great weather all year round. Summer is hot like everywhere else but winter is often perfect.

It's a great beach destination for a number of reasons:

  • Beautiful white coral sand
  • Great water temperatures
  • Crystal clear water (usually)
  • Kite surfing at Elliott Heads
  • No crocs
  • No box jellyfish ( they've been seen from Agnes Water and north)
  • Not usually stingers (jellyfish) but blue bottles can be blown in
  • Soldier crabs at low tide are fun

It's not a great spot for surf as waves are usually quite small. Great for small children though!

Baby turtle on a beach

Mon Repos: Turtle Beach

Mon Repos is a turtle conservation area in Bundaberg. This is where people come to see huge turtles laying eggs and baby turtles hatching. 

You buy tickets with a ranger and come when it starts to get dark. They take you down to the turtles and teach you all about them. I have only heard good things about this tour and it's definitely worth checking out if you're here during turtle season - November - March.

Tip: The earlier you arrive, the sooner you'll be taken down to the beach. You may need to wait late into the night

Check it out here.

Bundaberg For Families

Bundaberg is very family friendly for a number of reasons.

  1. The beaches and river mouths are great, easy places to swim with kids and teens.
  2. There is accommodation and caravan parks set right on the beach in Elliott Heads, Bargara, and Moore Park Beach.
  3. Great local playgrounds like Baldwin Swamp, Alexandra Park (with a free zoo) and Boreham Park.
  4. Things to do include Bundaberg Soft Drink Factory, Mon Repos (see above), the Botanic Gardens (it's got a train) and Snakes Down Under in Childers. Check out the local tourism website for the details. 

Bundaberg Accommodation 

If you want to stay in Bundaberg itself, check out the top rated hotels and spots to stay here.

The city is not where we would recommend staying for families. It's much nicer on the coast.

Great Local Caravan Parks Are:

You can also look up local real estate agents and vacation rentals in the area so stay at the beaches. Another nice way to go.

If you are a backpacker, please research the hostels. Don't just stay in any one. You need to be sure you won't get taken advantage of here and be charged for your accommodation for days on end while work is "arranged" for you. Ask around and get a recommendation.

Activities in Bundaberg

Reef - Lady Elliott Island

You can visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg. Hop on a boat and take the trip out to Lady Elliott Island, snorkel or dive and spend a great day out there. It's a full day trip.

Bundy Rum and Soft Drinks Factory

You can tour the Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Soft Drinks factory. Learn how they are made and try samples!

Free Zoo

Check out the free zoo in town featuring Australian animals - like the curious emu - and others. It's small but great for a little side trip.

If you love zoos, be sure to check out Snakes Down Under - about 45 minutes away (not free).

River Cruise

You can cruise the Burnett River while eating locally caught fish and chips (optional, of course). Take in the sites and you'll be amazed by the history of flooding in the area from this bit of water.

Botanic Gardens

The botanic gardens is perhaps not to the standard of others you may have visited in Australia but definitely worth a wander around. While here you can also check out the Hinkler Museum.

Farm Gates

There a multiple farm gates around Bundaberg, mixed in with the sugar cane. Drive around and you'll find things like strawberries, sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, lettuce, rock melon, and more!

Bargara, Queensland

Bargara is a great spot and be sure to visit (or stay there even) when you visit Bundaberg. 

It makes it a perfect spot to stay for a number of reasons:

  • It's a quaint beach town
  • Has a shopping centre
  • Multiple playgrounds for kids
  • Beach and river for swimming
  • No sandflies generally here
  • Like the Sunshine Coast 50 years ago
  • It's beautiful

Enjoy Your Stay!

Bundaberg is a great place to visit and if you haven't been there before, it's definitely worth a look.

If you're still looking for places to visit, check out:

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