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Bundaberg
Travel Guide

Pack your snorkel, your camera and an empty picnic basket: this region is renowned for its pristine reef waters, turtle rookery and paddock-to-plate dining.

The Bundaberg region marks the spot where the Capricorn Coast’s sugarcane belt meets the sea. Built on the rich agricultural heritage of “Bundy” city, the Bundaberg region is dotted with enchanting country towns and fringed by the breathtaking Southern Great Barrier Reef. Embark on a tasting tour of Bundaberg’s farms and distilleries or hit the beach in Bargara and say hello to the region’s underwater locals, the endangered loggerhead turtle.

Check out the local Visitor Information Centre in Bundaberg city to find out what the region has to offer during your stay. The inland city is famed for its Bundaberg Rum Distillery, which is open for tours and tastings. Check out more delicious brewed drinks and knock one of “Australia’s Big Things” off your list with a trip to Bundaberg’s Big Barrel. You can find out about the region’s aviation heritage at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation or learn about flora from near and far at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

Don’t miss the chance to discover the full life cycle of the Capricorn Coast’s turtles. Head to Mon Repos beach to visit an important turtle rookery and conservation park, where you can join one of the guided tours held nightly during the turtles’ breeding season. You can swim alongside the turtles during a dive tour of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

To the north, check out Lady Elliot Island or the expansive beaches fronting Bargara for sheltered swimming spots you can share with schools of iridescent fish. Hike or embark on an exciting four-wheel drive adventure around the protected coastal lowlands of Burrum Coast National Park, to the south of Bundaberg city. Here, you can discover mangrove-lined riverbanks, heathland wildflowers and tea-tree swamps.

Bundaberg’s local airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Drive to Bundaberg city in 4 hours and 15 minutes from Brisbane. Visit the region in the wintertime to avoid the humidity and rains of summer or between November and March to see the turtles nesting on the pristine shores of Mon Repos.

Where to stay in Bundaberg

Top Hotels in Bundaberg

Burnett Riverside Hotel
Burnett Riverside Hotel
4 out of 5
7 Quay Street, Bundaberg, QLD
The price is $100 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bundaberg Hospital, Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and Mater Hospital. Bargara Beach and Barolin Rocks ...

4.2/5Very Good! (305 reviews)

"H2O restaurant was excellent Room size was adequate"…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Burnett Riverside Hotel
Kellys Beach Resort
Kellys Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6 Trevors Road, Bargara, QLD
The price is $115 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Bargara villa is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kelly's Beach, Bargara Beach, and Neilson Park. Bundaberg ...

4.1/5Very Good! (290 reviews)
A great place to stay in Kelly’s Beach

"Excellent stay. Cute resort short drive to shops and a short walk to the beach. The cabin was spacious and comfortable. Reception staff were polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Kellys Beach Resort
Sugar Country Motor Inn
Sugar Country Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
220 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg West, QLD
The price is $106 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Bundaberg West, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Buss Park and Alexandra Park. Moncrieff Theatre and Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (134 reviews)

"Spacious, safe and modern. Didnt get to meetthe staff but had a lovely customer service over the phobe"…"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Sugar Country Motor Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bundaberg

Kellys Beach Resort
Kellys Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6 Trevors Road, Bargara, QLD
The price is $115 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Bargara villa is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kelly's Beach, Bargara Beach, and Neilson Park. Bundaberg ...

4.1/5Very Good! (290 reviews)
A great place to stay in Kelly’s Beach

"Excellent stay. Cute resort short drive to shops and a short walk to the beach. The cabin was spacious and comfortable. Reception staff were polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Kellys Beach Resort
Don Pancho by the Beach
Don Pancho by the Beach
3.5 out of 5
58-62 Miller Street, Bargara, QLD
The price is $125 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Bargara, this beachfront apartment building is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Kelly's Beach and Bargara Beach. Barolin Rocks ...

4.3/5Excellent! (242 reviews)

"Helpful and lovely staff perfect location draw the curtains to that stunning beach view only booked 3 nights ended up staying 6 definately coming back Sue"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Don Pancho by the Beach
Manta Bargara Resort
Manta Bargara Resort
4.5 out of 5
95-97 Esplanade, Bargara, QLD
The price is $175 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Bargara apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Barolin Rocks and Bargara Beach. Kelly's Beach and Neilson ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (190 reviews)

"We had amazing views of the beach, large spacious rooms, convenient parking. Was very handy 10 min drive to Mon Repos Turtle centre and within walking distance to beach and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Manta Bargara Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Dec 29, 2019

Fantastic food and service at the Bundaberg RSL!