Here in Bundaberg, we are lucky to live at the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re an Aussie family booking a trip or an international traveller eager to soak up Queensland’s beautiful sunny weather, Bundaberg is brimming with amazing day trips. Here are five of our favourite day trips from Bundaberg.
#1 Bargara Beach Bundaberg
The hidden gem of Queensland’s central coast, Bargara is a beautiful, family-friendly beach destination with a peaceful, relaxed community vibe. Just a short drive from Bundaberg’s city centre, it offers a subtropical paradise
Boasting two beaches for surfing, swimming and fishing, a first class golf course, the gorgeous Woongarra Marine Park, winding boardwalks, bountiful playgrounds and lush picnic areas, Bargara is the perfect base to relax and visit Bundaberg’s best destinations.
Summer guests will be thrilled to discover that turtles often nest at Bargara Beach at Kelly’s Beach, Rifle Range and Nielson Park.
How to get to Bargara Beach Bundaberg:
Bargara is an easy fifteen minute drive from the centre of Bundaberg. It is well-serviced by bus from Bundaberg weekdays and Saturday, and a taxi service operates on weekdays, weekends and evenings.
#2 Turtle Watching: Mon Repos Conservation Park
Keen to see the turtles up close? If you make your visit between November and January, we recommend a ranger-escorted night-time excursion to watch the local sea turtles, including magnificent loggerhead, flatback and green turtles, lay their eggs in nests that they dig in the sand dunes. January to Match is also an exciting time, since this is when hatching season begins — the baby turtles tumble out of their eggs and head for the sea, leaving trails on the beach.
How to get to Mon Repos Conservation Park:
Mon Repos Conservation Park is tucked in close to Bargara. If you are keen for a night encounter with sea turtles, book an excursion and arrive at the Mon Repos Road car park from 6pm. From here, a free shuttle bus will take you a short distance to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
#3 Snorkeling Bundaberg: Lady Musgrave Island
If you’re ready for blissful sunshine and an adventure exploring the Southern Great Barrier Reef, a day trip to the glorious Lady Musgrave Island is in order. This island, nestled off the coast of central Queensland, features a pristine coral reef and protected lagoon, where you can snorkel among schools of reef fish, manta rays and sea turtles. Beach camping is also a favourite activity for visitors to Lady Musgrave Island, and with so many lovely spots to enjoy, it’s easy to understand why.
How to get to Lady Musgrave Island:
Getting to and from Lady Musgrave Island can be difficult if you don’t have your own boat. Fortunately, a number of cruise companies offer daily cruises to Lady Musgrave Island. The journey to Lady Musgrave Island takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
#4 Eat & Drink To Your Heart’s Content: Bundaberg Food
As an area known for its rich agricultural heritage, Bundaberg is a paradise for food lovers, with a bounty of seafood and fresh produce from the local farms on offer. Through a Bundaberg food tour, you’ll have the chance to meet the farmers and enjoy morning or afternoon tea at one of their properties.
Bundaberg is also renowned internationally for its rum and ginger beer. If you’ve got a thirst, why not book in a factory tour at Bundaberg Rum Distillery?
Keen for something more relaxed? You can pick up marvelous fresh prawns and seafood from the seafood market at Grunske’s By The River.
How to get to Bundaberg Rum Distillery:
Bundaberg Rum Distillery is located on Hills St, Bundaberg East QLD 4670. Make your way to east Bundaberg and turn onto Whittred Street. Turn right at Alexandra Street, and then take the second left onto Hills Street.
How to get to Grunske’s by the River:
Grunske’s by the River is located at 11E Petersen St, Bundaberg East QLD 4670, Australia.
Keen to enjoy Bundaberg to its fullest? Then book a family holiday to stay at Kacy’s Bargara Beach Hotel. Contact us on (07) 4130 1100!