Whether you prefer a couple-break full of action and adventure, or some time to rest and recoup with the kids after a busy school term, Bargara offers a wonderful array of activities. From snorkelling and fishing to market-shopping, wine tasting and whale spotting, this beautiful part of the world has it all. Here are our top 5 things to do in Bargara.
#1 – Recreation
With moderate temperatures year-round, Bargara offers the ideal location to partake in a range of recreational activities including golfing, leisurely boardwalk-strolling and fishing (take your pick from reef, beach, river, offshore and fly fishing!)
If you’re a water baby visiting Bargara, then you’ll enjoy a surf on Nielsen’s Beach or you can take the kids for a dip at The Basin, a made-made swimming area which is fabulously family friendly. Snorkelers should also check out Barolin Rocks, and beginner divers can try out their flippering skills with dive sites filled with turtles, reef fish and rays (and possibly the odd dugong).
If that’s not enough to keep the little ones occupied, here you’ll also find canoeing, go-kart tracks, water slides, cycling tracks, skating rinks, and Turtle Park, and Turtle Trail which leads to the world-famous Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
#2 – Relaxation
Holiday experiences can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you like, and what better way to get in the holiday mood than by soaking up the sights and sounds of Bargara’s natural and oceanic wonders. Take a walk along the beautiful beaches, bliss-out with a ‘hot rock’ massage at Nunyara Naturopathy, or simply gaze up at a blanket of stars at Bundaberg’s Alloway Observatory.
If retail therapy is a must on a coastal getaway, then you’ll enjoy discovering Bargara’s fashion and home décor boutiques, as well as the weekly Shalom Markets in Bundaberg. One of the best reasons to visit Bargara, if you like to shop Sundays will have you wandering leisurely among the jam-packed stalls selling everything from clothing and bric-a-brac to furniture, books and fresh local produce
#3 – Food
Good food abounds in Bargara (including superb seafood all year-round) from the delicious ‘pub grub’ at the Bargara Lakes Tavern, the upmarket dining at our own restaurant, or the delicious snacks at The Windmill Café. There are also sundaes at the local strawberry farms and roadside stalls filled with fresh produce to enjoy, and of course the chance for Mum and Dad to taste test a local drop from one of the local wineries.
If you’re looking for things to do in Bargara and its surrounds, then of course there’s also the world famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery close by. Here you can take a journey into the distillery’s operational heart, opt for a self-guided tour of the museum, or learn the art of liquor blending with the help of the distillery’s Blend Your Own Rum guides. Once you’re done, you’ll have your own personalised version of Bundy Rum to take home and enjoy!
There’s also the Bundaberg Barrel where you can pick up some unique local soft drinks, go on a True Brew Experience tour and enjoy free product tastings, including of their popular Bundaberg Ginger Beer. When it’s time for dessert, head on over to Jakes Candy for some take-home indulgence, including their macadamia fudge, Dutch liquorice and their ever-popular Rocky Road.
#4 – Nature
A dormant volcanic cinder cone called The Hummock is located in Bundaberg and it’s the so-called ‘mother’ of the area’s rich red-soil canefields and spectacular rocky coastline. It’s also famous – legendary navigator Lieutenant Matthew Flinders first spotted it in 1799 while sailing off the coast in the HMS Investigator. This is a great spot for some fantastic panoramic shots, and also the ideal platform for viewing the spectacular cane fires in the cane-crushing season (which is usually June to December).
Lots of wildlife also abound here, including the majestic Humpback whales which make their way along the coastline from July to October, and both whales and dolphins can be spotted from many of the Coral Coast’s headlands.
And then there are the turtles … one of the most popular Bargara tourist activities, nesting takes place here between November and January, and emerging hatchlings can be seen from January to March. Turtle lovers should also visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, which has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific Ocean region.
The area around Bargara is also surrounded by both marine and national parks, from the fascinating sea life of the Great Sandy Marine Park and the abundant fishing in the Burrum Coast National Park, to the towering cliffs and ancient caves of Cania Gorge National Park.
And of course, who could forget the amazing water frolicking that’s on offer around the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Set on over 1200 hectares of living reef, Lady Musgrave Island’s protected lagoon is perfect for snorkelers, and a flight to Lady Elliot Island will have you viewing astounding wildlife including turtles, dolphins, humpback whales and giant manta rays.
#5 – Road Trips!
If you have some time to explore and part of your holiday in Bargara involves a road trip, then consider a visit to Childers. A 50-minute drive will allow your animal-loving kids the experience of visiting Snakes Downunder reptile park, with its daily snake show and the chance to view koalas and hand-feed the resident kangaroos.
Mum and Dad can also hit the Childers Wine Trail, with a visit to the town’s four main wineries, and take a first-hand ‘grape to glass experience’, explore the exotic fruit plantations and feast on platters of gourmet cheeses.
Along the coast, Burrum Heads is just over an hour from Bargara and filled with great swimming, fishing and bushwalking spots, including the Wongi Waterholes and beautiful Lake Lenthall.
Travel a bit further and you’ll reach Hervey Bay, renowned for its whale watching. Humpback whales use the calm protected waters around Fraser Island as a ‘calf kindergarten’ each winter (from July to November), and to celebrate their arrival, Hervey Bay hosts a yearly Oceans Festival in August, which includes the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival and a Whale Parade and Concert.