Welcome to the Bundaberg Region
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Bargara is a 13 kilometre drive through lush sugarcane fields from Bundaberg. It is a popular seaside area which harbours a peaceful and relaxed community ideal for family holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bargara boasts two open surf beaches and two still water swimming areas. The Bargara Streetscape project embraces the coastline with an attractive public area of walkways, decks, picnic areas and playgrounds. Cafes and eateries create an alfresco atmosphere.
Fishing enthusiasts are well catered for at Bargara with an artificial reef guaranteeing good fishing all year round. The Woongarra Marine Park preserves the coastline and offers fishing and snorkelling right on the shore. A first class golf course is located just behind the beach and abowling green offers outdoor entertainment for people of all ages. The local surf club at Nielsen’s Beach is home to the area’s surf champions of the future and is a popular morning swimming area and also home to our local Saturday morning Yoga enthusiasts.
The local Woolworths and IGA Shopping Centre is open seven days per week and has a bakery, fish & chip shop, chemist, Subway, discount department store, coffee, shop, computer shop, hairdresser, newsagency and medical centre. The central Bargara shopping area is home to an array of coffee shops, restaurants, hotel, banks, post office, Eagle Boys Pizza and many other local services.
Nearby, the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery provides a fascinating look at the endangered sea turtles during the nesting and hatching season from November to March. Turtles often nest at Bargara on Kelly’s, Rifle Range and Nielson Park Beach offering a special summertime experience for beachgoers. During the months of July to October, the majestic whales frolic along our shorelines, a truly magical sight to behold.
A full range of accommodation is on offer to suit all tastes and budgets – from ocean front camping, motels and backpacker resorts, through to luxury beachfront apartments and townhouses. Bargara is serviced by bus from Bundaberg weekdays as well as a Saturday service; and via taxi service weekdays, weekends and evenings.
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For further information on the area and its attractions visit http://www.bundabergregion.org
Enjoy your stay – whether is one day, one week or one year – we know you will enjoy the experience this area has to offer.
SURROUNDING COASTAL AREAS INCLUDE:
INNES PARK & CORAL COVE
InnesParkand Coral Cove are situated 15 kilometres from Bundaberg city, along theCoralCoast, south of thetownshipofBargara. The area is home to two golf courses and the rocky coastal waters are home to some of the best shore diving and coral formations. Dive locations include Barolin Rocks and Butchers Rocks, with local scuba companies using these areas to teach their students. Coral Cove is home to a local Foodworks store and Golf Resort with dining and entertainment facilities.
Ellliott Heads is situated at the ElliotRivermouth and offers both surf and calm water swimming. It is also a popular spot for windsurfing and jet-skiing while the fishing is good from the shore or on nearby reefs. Sandstone cliffs form an interesting headland and the rocky foreshore is fun to explore. A shady, landscaped caravan park is adjacent to the beach, as are a number of pleasant picnic spots with barbecue and toilet facilities. Surf lifesavers patrol the designated swimming areas during the summer season. This is a great family holiday destination.
Elliott Heads along with Riverview are the southernmost of the local beaches situated at the mouth of theElliottRiver, and are surrounded by rural cane and small crop farms. Unit and cabin accommodation is available. Only 18 kilometres from the city, access is viaElliott Heads Road.
Burnett Heads is located close to MonReposConservationParkand the Oaks surf beach, just 17 kilometres from the centre of Bundaberg. Burnett Heads is home to the new IGA local Shopping Centre, hotel, CaravanParkand small shops and cafes.
At low tide, nearby Duchess Rocks has a display of soft coral and its here where remnants of an ancient lava flow can be viewed. Snorkel or fish off the rock wall and then check out the marina to see how the other half lives.
Recognised by the National Trust as an important part of Australia’s maritime history, the old Burnett Heads Lighthouse (c.1873) stands testament to a bygone era. When the lighthouse was taken out of service in 1972, it was moved to its present site next to the Burnett Heads Hall.
PORT OF BUNDABERG
TheBurnettRiverflows out to sea at Burnett Heads, and just upstream is thePortofBundabergwith its wharves and imposing sugar terminal. Here, the broad reaches of the Burnett are home to the Bundaberg Sailing Club, and as expected, there are boat ramps and car and trailer parking at the river mouth.
The Port Marina, with a shipping chandlery as well as fine dining, is a meeting place for international yachties and locals alike.
THE HUMMOCK / QUNABA
Situated off the road to Bargara is the low-lying volcanic remnant known as The Hummock which, although only 96 meters above sea-level, offers visitors good views over the whole area. The ocean is visible to the east while, to the west, the sugar fields can be seen encircling the city with the smoke stacks of the Bundaberg Distillery and Mill on the horizon.
NEARBY THRIVING REGIONAL CITY OF BUNDABERG
Bundaberg is a progressive city built on the BurnettRiver, and surrounded by a patchwork of sugarcane fields. Bundaberg is an ideal holiday centre with excellent holiday attractions and entertainment. Coastal resorts provide excellent seaside holidays.
Bundaberg is known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, as the southern tip of the Reef begins offshore near Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands. For visitors eager to explore the Reef, day trips and overnight stays leave from Bundaberg. The area is also famous for its turtles and rum.
It is a sports-minded city and has produced many world class athletes. Bundaberg features an easy going lifestyle with a range of accommodation options. Its subtropical climate make it a very agreeable destination any time of year.