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



Bargara is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Bargara Beach and Neilson Park while you're in town.


Top hotels in Bundaberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Don Pancho by the Beach
Don Pancho by the Beach
3.5 out of 5
58-62 Miller Street, Bargara, QLD
The price is AU$119 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (200 reviews)

"Clean and tidy room with beach access directly from the resort."…"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2020

Don Pancho by the Beach
Manta Bargara Resort
Manta Bargara Resort
4.5 out of 5
95-97 Esplanade, Bargara, QLD
The price is AU$250 per night

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! (174 reviews)

"great room , best location would recommend this hotel to everyone"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Manta Bargara Resort
Takalvan Motel
Takalvan Motel
4 out of 5
11 Takalvan Street, Bundaberg West, QLD
The price is AU$140 per night

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Bundaberg Tourist Information Centre, Mater Hospital and Bundaberg Hospital. Buss Park and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (650 reviews)

"Good spot on the left hand side coming into town, comfy enough bed and clean an fairly modern ammenities"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb. 2020

Takalvan Motel

Popular places to visit in Bundaberg

Bargara Beach
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Bargara Beach

4.5/5(207 reviews)

Explore the pretty foreshore reserve, spot turtle tracks in the sand and splash in the gentle waves at one of Bundaberg’s most popular beaches.

Kelly's Beach
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Kelly's Beach

4.5/5(105 reviews)

Explore this pretty beach fronting Bundaberg’s coastal fringe to swim and surf in the gentle waves or go fishing in the clear ocean waters.

Barolin Rocks
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Barolin Rocks

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Grab your snorkel and take the plunge into the Woongarra Marine Park to see turtles, rays and diverse reef fish just a few feet from the shore.

Top activities in Bundaberg

Bundaberg Full Day Snorkelling Tour to Lady Musgrave Island
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Bundaberg Full Day Snorkelling Tour to Lady Musgrave Island

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Reviews of Bundaberg


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5/5 - Excellent

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5 Jan. 2020

We found Bundaberg to be a clean and tidy town with an interesting history - as displayed at the rum distillery

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Dec. 2019

Great place to visit and explore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep. 2019

nice town

4/5 - Good


28 Sep. 2019

Good town with lots to see. Many thinks its rather bland, but if you look around a little, there is alot going on.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Aug. 2019

I wouldn't recommend to business travelelrs as its was too noisy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Aug. 2019

Bundaberg is amazing. We will be moving to the region in 2020.

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