Probably most renowned for its sweet dark rum, scratch the surface of this idyllic region and you’re sure to find a host of other treasures that make Bundaberg one of Queensland’s most unique destinations. From its fascinating wildlife and rich history to the breathtaking beauty of its nearby islands, you’ll find plenty to get loved-up about here! Here is our pick of the best things to do on a romantic getaway in Bundaberg.
If you love … eating
If you’re visiting Bundaberg, why not start the day with a leisurely brunch at one of Bundaberg’s favourite cafes? For something super-healthy head to Nourish Café, for a boho-type-brekkie check out Sea Gypsy, for an award-winning menu go to Indulge, and for a range of delicious baked goods try The Windmill Café in Bagara.
Then why not take a local winery tour for a few hours before filling up the picnic basket and spreading out a blanket at Alexandra Park on the banks of the Burnett River? The Hummock is also a pretty romantic spot, particularly if you’re there for sunset. Grab some locally made cheese and that bottle of wine you picked up from one of Childers’ great wineries and just enjoy the view!
As night time falls, prepare yourself for a fresh seafood feast over a romantic dinner, or if you’d prefer more of a smorgasbord-type affair, head down to Riverfeast (held every Friday) where you can sample goodies to your heart’s content amid the tunes of some local musicians.
If you love animals …
One of the Bundaberg tourist attractions you can’t miss if you love animals (as much as your partner) is Mon Repos National Park where you’ll find one of the largest concentrations of nesting turtles in Australia. Here you can watch baby hatchlings scurry their way into the sea, learn about the great conservation programs taking place, and discover more about one of the most ancient life cycles in the animal kingdom.
Prefer animals of the wilder variety? Then hire a 4WD and prepare yourself for a romantic road trip to discover the Burrum Coast National Park. Spread over 225 km², this undeveloped wilderness area is ideal for birdwatching, nature photography and bushwalking.
Here you’ll find a mass of low-lying sandy plains sprinkled with spinifex, and behind the dunes you’ll find ridges thick with eucalyptus and wattles. There are also an abundance of waterways filled with native birds, who duck and weave their way through the foliage in the shadows of the early morning light.
Loggerhead turtles also lay their eggs on the beaches here from November to April (so be carefully where you tread), and other wildlife you may encounter on your travels includes snakes, lizards and nocturnal mammals like bats, feather-tail gliders and marsupial mice.
If you love the beach …
If you’re after a few reasons to visit Bundaberg and you like a bit of a seaside splash then you’re in luck because this region boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
At over 16 kilometres long, Woodgate Beach offers a beautiful curve of snow-white sand perfect for lazy-day sun worshipping, and further south is Elliott Heads, which has plenty of opportunities for surf beach swimming and activities like kite surfing and jet skiing.
Barolin Rocks is a miniature wonderland filled with underwater wildlife perfect for snorkelling, and if a night or two under a blanket of stars is your idea of romance, then set up camp in Bargara. Kelly’s Beach is nearby and has two swimming spots – the seafront and a lagoon where you can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. At the northern end of Kelly’s Beach is a man-made beachside pool, and further south at Moore Park Beach you’ll find 20 kilometres of oceanfront, with the opportunity to test out the new 4WD at the northern end.
If you love exploring …
If exploration-via-island-hopping is on your list of things to do in Bundaberg, then you are certainly spoilt for choice here. With a 14-hectare coral cay, Lady Musgrave Island is surrounded by coral reef filled to the brim with rainbow hued tropical fish.
Snorkel off the local pontoon, dive with the turtles and if you’re prepared to rough it deserted-island-style then consider a few days of self-sufficient romantic camping. Here you can also reef-walk, bushwalk or catch a glass-bottom boat which will allow you to relax on deck while viewing the spectacular marine wonderland below.
Like to up the ante on your romantic island getaway? Then book a scenic flight to stunning Lady Elliot Island. One of the most pristine sections of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s home to over 1200 species of marine life including manta rays, dolphins, humpback whales and loggerhead turtles.
Boasting crystal clear waters year-round, here you can take a romantic walk along a deserted beach, ‘buddy dive’ with your loved one, or spend a few nights at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. Facilities include a saltwater swimming pool and a beachfront dining room, and accommodation ranges from eco-cabins to island suites. Overnight guests can also take advantage of free activities and island tours!
If you love history …
Nothing tops off a romantic getaway in Bundaberg more than a stroll through some of the area’s historical highlights. The Hinkler Hall of Aviation chronicles the life of Bert Hinkler, the man who made the first ever solo flight between Australia and England in 1928. This museum features original artefacts, multi-media exhibitions and even a flight simulator for those who are keen to recapture some of that childhood spirit.
Within the 27 hectares of the Botanic Gardens, you’ll find the Bundaberg & District Historical Museum, and the Bundaberg Railway Museum. The latter is built on the site of Bundaberg’s first railway station, and it features a wide variety of memorabilia including a 1921 guard’s van which was originally a sleeping car.
And for the quintessentially Bundaberg-like experience, book a tour of the Bundaberg Rum Museum. Celebrating the life of the dark spirit’s distillery that opened in 1888, Bundy Rum was the brainchild of seven clever Queenslanders who decided there was a better use for sugar than just using it in cakes! Journey into its operational heart and you can blend your own version to take home as a souvenir of your romantic getaway in this charming part of the world.
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