The Ultimate Guide to

Bundaberg

While its ginger beverages may be Bundaberg’s biggest claim to fame, this coastal destination has a whole lot more to offer.

 

Located a four-hour drive north of Brisbane, with the Great Barrier Reef just off its shores and rare colonies of turtles swimming in its waters, in-the-know divers and marine enthusiasts kept their little secret for decades.

 

Today, the word is out and this quintessential Queensland town is on the rise, gaining momentum among travellers for its historic architecture, nature havens, and secluded beaches.

Best Things to Do in Bundaberg

Bundaberg Rum

Flanked by sugar cane stalks, Bundy locals have been turning the towering crop into Bundaberg Rum for over 130 years. Formed with a production team of only five men, Australia’s most awarded rum distillery has most certainly come a long way. Take the Bundaberg Rum tour to play master distiller and craft your own rum blend.

Gardens and Nature Reserves

The perfect introduction to the Bundaberg region, Bundaberg Botanic Gardens fills 27 sprawling hectares with themed gardens, more than 114 bird species, and a magnificent lake. Within its grounds reside cultural delights, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and The Bundaberg and District Historical Museum. Visiting between November and March? Join a nightly tour of Mon Repos Conservation Park to catch a glimpse of endangered loggerhead turtles nesting and hatching on the beach. Want to get closer to the action? Make your way to Lady Elliot Island to glide alongside majestic manta rays.

Walks and Hikes

Venture beyond Bundaberg’s core and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the outback track. One of the most popular hiking trails lies just over an hour’s drive away in Mount Walsh National Park. An easy walk for the whole family, it runs through pine rainforest, grassy woodlands and refreshing rock pools. Closer to town, Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park is a stunning area of freshwater wetlands and rainforest. If in luck, keen birdwatchers may spot a handful of waterbirds, including the rare Cotton Pygmy Geese and the Comb Crested Jacana.

Nearby Beaches

The Bundaberg coastline is peppered with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, so no matter where you choose to lay your towel, you can’t go wrong. Bargara Beach is a 15-minute drive from Bundaberg CBD and often the first port of call for tourists, as well as our hard-shelled friends who love to nest on the shore. Nearby Bundaberg beach, Elliot Heads is also worth a visit. Boasting sweeping white sand and turquoise waters, this kite surfing haven also offers calmer waters should you only want to dip your toes.

Best Places to Stay in Bundaberg

Caravans, Camping and Tourist Parks

Experience nature at your fingertips at a Bundaberg caravan park. Big4 Bundaberg is among the most popular holiday parks for its proximity to the airport, shopping centre and city centre. If dozing off to the sound of crashing waves is your idea of heaven, then pitch your tent at Bundaberg camping site, Bargara Beach Caravan Park.

Hotels

Whether you’re looking for budget stays or luxury suites, Bundaberg accommodation offerings are wide-ranging to suit all styles and wallet sizes. Zen Beach Retreat is a tranquil hideaway with the tropical gardens and an onsite spa to return to your bliss. However, for a home away from home, settle into The Point Resort Bargara Beach to enjoy the comfort of a serviced apartment with the perks of a resort – hello, mini-golf course!

Motels and Hostels

Within the main drag is a multitude of motels, hostels and backpacker lodges to rest your head while exploring all Bundaberg has to offer. Boasting waterfront views and a handy location, the Burnett Riverside Hotel is an obvious choice for most while social butterflies will find Bunk Hostel perfect for mingling with like-minded souls.

 

Top Places to Eat in Bundaberg

Bundaberg’s fertile soil not only feeds fields of crops but also fuels a dynamic food and drink scene. On Friday nights, Riverfeast food market comes to life with foodies looking to sample Bundy’s best bites in a casual outdoor setting. For a seafood feast without the hefty bill, drop by Grunske’s by the River and dine alfresco style with a view of the Burnett River. Travelling with fussy chowhounds? With a menu just as diverse as it is delicious, award-winning Bundaberg cafe Alowishus is sure to please.

How to Visit Bundaberg

Bundaberg is serviced by a regional airport, with easy links to hotspots such as Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island. By Tilt Train, the Brisbane to Bundaberg journey is 4.5 hours. Choose to fly from Brisbane to Bundaberg and you’ll spend a quick 55-minutes in air. On arrival at Bundaberg Airport, travellers looking to go their own way are advised to rent their own set of wheels from the onsite car rental kiosks.

Tours and Packages Bundaberg

The local Bundaberg flavour is strong and the connection to the land and water is prevalent wherever in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region you traverse. For this reason, Bundaberg tours are a great way to experience the area through the eyes of a local and get to know paths less trodden.