Bundaberg

Overview

Find adventure in Bundaberg and the North Burnett Region. Go for turtle hatching season, head west to discover the sandstone wilderness or sit back and enjoy the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg gives you the chance to see large hard coral reefs firsthand and join colourful fish, turtles and manta rays for a swim. It's also a great jumping off point to some of the Southern Great Barrier Reef islands such as Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island. 

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Flights to Bundaberg

Don't miss

Bundaberg and the North Burnett is the perfect place to head if you're looking for a family adventure, a romantic escape, a foodie break or just want to kick back on the beach. 

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Where to go

From local wildlife to welcoming locals, the freshest flavours and seemingly endless sunny days, have you been to Bundaberg?

Swim with the turtles

Between November and March each year Mon Repos beach welcomes thousands of turtles to lay their eggs, and 6-8 weeks later celebrates the arrival of thousands of tiny hatchlings. 

Only 7kms from Bundaberg, Mon Repos is where over 50% of the entire population of nesting loggerhead turtles in the Southern Hemisphere head to lay their eggs. Some of these turtles were born on the same beach as long as 80 years ago, hatched from a nest with roughly 100 siblings. Today their babies make the same scramble for the ocean, with a 1 in 1000 chance of making it to maturity.

And when it's their turn to have babies, the turtles use the earth's magnetic field as an internal GPS to find their way back to the beach and repeat the cycle. 

See some awesome photos of the hatchling turtlesOpens external site in a new window

Find out more about Mon Repos and the turtle seasonOpens external site in a new window, including booking tickets. 

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See the turtles

Channel your inner David Attenborough and watch the loggerhead turtles arrive to lay eggs or watch the baby turtles hatch and crawl towards the ocean. 

The freshest local flavours

Once you've met the locals and seen the spectacular surroundings, whether that's exploring the beaches and coastline or heading inland, treat your senses to a feast with the fresh local specialities. 

The region is an A-Z of fresh flavours, growing everything from avocados to zucchinis and everything in between. The local rich, red soils mean near-perfect growing conditions for fruits, vegetables, citrus and grazing for beef, pork and other animals. Plus add the fresh, daily catches from the local trawlers and there's every taste covered. 

And to accompany your delicious meal? You may notice the abundance of sugarcane, and the locals have the perfect drinks to quench your thirst. Whether that's a Bundaberg Rum or soft drink, it's definitely worth a visit to the Bundaberg BarrelOpens external site in a new window or the Bundaberg DistilleryOpens external site in a new window

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The Bundaberg Barrel

No visit to Bundaberg would be complete without visiting the home of the famous drinks. Take a tour of the Bundaberg Barrel and see how the famous Ginger beer is made. 

Quick facts

Currency

Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

Electricity

Electricity

230V / 50Hz

Population

Population

93,900

Seasons

Seasons

The Bundaberg region stays pleasantly warm year round. Winter has lows of 10 or 11 degrees centigrade while summer can reach the high 30s. January sees highest rainfall and the driest days are in August. 

Getting Around

From the airport

10kms from the town centre, the airport is an easy shuttlebusOpens external site in a new window or taxi ride away. Alternatively why not rent a car and take your trip at your own pace. 

In and around town

Everything you'll need within Bundaberg is an easy walk away. If your visiting Mon Repos or another tourist destination, speak with your travel operator about arranging travel if you haven't rented your own car. 

Island connections

If you're heading out to the islands, Lady Elliot is a 25 minute scenic flight, Lady Musgrave is a day cruise away and Heron Island is a boat ride from Gladstone Harbour (with no day trippers). 

Bundaberg car hire

Enjoy great rates with Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty and no booking fees. Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn Qantas Points^ with Avis and Budget. 

Getting you there

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