Bundaberg is not just the gateway to the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, it’s also the perfect combination of country and coastline. From museums and markets to rock pools, national parks and the world famous Mon Repos Conservation Park, this area has it all. Here is a guide to some fun things to do in Bundaberg on a family getaway in Queensland’s beautiful Wide Bay–Burnett region.
If the kids love museums
If your family loves all things plane-like and you’re travelling to Bundaberg with kids, then take a visit to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Here they can spend some time getting to know Australia’s most famous solo aviator, Bert Hinkler. This family-friendly museum has a replica Arvo Bay aircraft (which they’ll love to sit in), interactive displays like glide simulators and full-sized artefacts including original flight records.
Are your kids fans of Thomas the Tank Engine? Then they’ll simply love the Bundaberg Railway Museum which houses railway items from the past to the present day. Housed in Bundaberg’s first railway station built in 1881, it provides a wonderful snapshot of the area’s rail history including locomotive tools, engine driver manuals and a 1921 guard’s van.
And perhaps not strictly a museum, the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery is still worth a peek if your young ones are into any sort of creative pursuit. Here you’ll find a Kidz Corner with arts and crafts, and self-guided activities that provide a fun and educational way for everyone to learn about the wonderful world of art.
If the kids love food
If you’re holidaying in the Bundaberg region with children that love their food, then don’t miss a seafood feast at the Bundaberg Port Marina. Chow down as you watch the boats come and go, and if you’re keen to expand your horizons, then jump on-board a cruise to Lady Musgrave Island where you can all spend the afternoon snorkelling off the local pontoon.
If your holiday to Bundaberg is more about enjoying some healthy treats, then head on down to the Apple Tree Creek markets. Filled to the brim with the area’s seasonal produce, load up the boot with a range of fresh vegetables and some sweeter treats as well including strawberries, watermelons and macadamias.
Did someone say ice cream? The kids will be in brain-freezing heaven with a trip to the Amandine Lavender Farm. This working farm offers self-guided propagation activities the kids will love, and after a few hours of being a lavender farmer for a day, they can tuck into a divine lavender-infused ice cream.
If the kids love the outdoors
If your kids love getting out and about while they’re on a holiday to Bundaberg, then swap their screens for scenery and spend the day traipsing the Turtle Trail. Along the way, you’ll get to see some of the Coral Coast’s most popular areas including Burnett Heads, Kelly’s Beach and the world famous Mon Repos Conservation Park (more on that below).
For even more outdoor exercise, enjoy a day trip to beautiful Cania Gorge National Park. Take your pick from one of eight bushwalks and discover towering cliff faces, sheltered gorges and deep dark caves. You can also check out the Aboriginal freehand art and try to spot the elusive platypus that makes Three Moon Creek their home.
And if a picnic under a glorious sunny sky is the activity of the day, head to the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Here you’ll find a lake, some hidden Japanese gardens and on Sundays, you can catch a ride on the Australian Sugarcane Railway.
If the kids love animals
There are countless spots to enjoy a spring picnic in Bundaberg, particularly if you love being around nature. So load up the basket with fresh local produce and head to Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park in Bundaberg East. Known as the area’s ‘Kakadu’, it’s got some great walking trails through the wetlands which are home to thousands of fascinating waterbirds.
Or if you prefer animals of the wilder variety, head to Burrum Coast National Park. This undeveloped wilderness is spread over 225 km², and is filled to the brim with wildlife from lizards and snakes to nocturnal mammals like marsupial mice, bats and feather-tail gliders.
Probably the jewel in the crown of Bundaberg’s animal loving locales is Mon Repos Conservation Park. Not to be missed if you’re travelling to Bundaberg with kids, this ‘turtle town’ comes alive in November when hundreds of these gorgeous creatures come to nest. Take part in Australia’s only ranger-lead turtle experience, and after sundown, watch as hundreds of baby turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean.
If the kids love the water
If you’re looking for things to do in Bundaberg with the kids, then you can’t go past a day of splashable fun. Hire a bike and cycle your way to Kellys Beach, and along the way check out Bargara’s stunning coastline. Once you’re there you have the choice of surf or still-water swimming spots.
For one of Bundaberg’s best-kept secrets, head to the end of Kellys Beach and you’ll find the Basin Rock Pool. A man-made tidal rock pool, it’s a fantastic spot for the kids to snorkel and discover the local marine life in a semi-protected ocean-filled swimming pool.
And a trip to Bundy is not complete without a fishing trip to Woodgate Beach. It’s a fail safe way of catching a fresh seafood dinner! While you’re there, take the time to explore the 16 kilometres of sandy beaches and 20,000 hectares of national park, which is home to countless wallabies and kangaroos.
If the kids have never been aboard a big boat, then consider booking a Burnett River Cruise and hopping onboard a fully restored classic river ferry. View the yachts moored at the Bundaberg Marina, watch the trawlers unloading their hauls at the seafood processing plants and then when back on land, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grunske’s By The River seafood market. Don’t forget the takeaway!
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