5 Incredible Bundaberg Region Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Louise Wilson

1. Experience Turtles

This area is well-known for its turtles, and there are a number of ways in which you can get up close and personal with them.

One of the best ways is to visit Mon Repo Turtle Encounter between the beginning of November and the end of March to see turtles lay their eggs and baby turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean. It is the only ranger guided Turtle tour on the Eastern side of Australia. Bookings are essential. The Mon Repo Turtle Centre is a great educational stop all year round too.

If you’re looking for other ways to spot turtles, you can bike the turtle trail, go snorkeling, or go on a glass bottom boat tour.

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2. Have a Drink!

You may know Bundaberg for its widely known Bundaberg rum, but this area is home to drinks of all varieties!

For an alcoholic tipple, or two, try the Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Co, Ohana Cider House, Vintners Secret Vineyard, Hill of Promise Cellar Door and, of course, Bundaberg Rum Distillery. You can book a Rum Distillery Tour and tasting or just visit the store front and buy your favourite straight from the Factory.

You can also visit the Bundaberg Drinks Barrel and see how they make soft drinks. They have been running as a family business in Bundaberg since the 1960s. Take a brew tour and have a tasting of all the drinks before choosing a 6 pack to take home as part of the entry fee (for adults, children are free).

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3. Explore The Southern Great Barrier Reef

There are so many unique ways to enjoy the reef off the coast of Bundy. 

Australia’s newest dive site, Ex-HMAS Tobruk is a unique experience for anyone who loves to dive. Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliot Island offer some incredible snorkeling experiences. Plus, this area is home to some of the Great Barrier Reef’s master guides.

This region is one of the only places in the great barrier reef in which you can spot the “Great 8” (whales, manta rays, giant clam, clownfish, Moari Wrasse, sharks, potato cod and turtles), so it’s definitely worth heading into the ocean when you’re here.

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4. Head To The Hinterland

The areas surrounding Bundaberg are great for heading out for a day trip. 

First head 45 minutes south of Bundy to Childers where you will find sugar cane plantations, avocado and macadamia farms and plenty of history. Plus, there’s and awesome bakery opposite the old Australia Post Building.

From Childers, head to Mingo Crossing then Mount Perry for a self guided heritage walk of this old gold and copper mining town. Next, go 12kms out of town to Boolboonda Tunnel. It’s a beautiful bush drive to the tunnel which you can either walk or drive through. 

Then, you’ll come across the town of Gin Gin and as you start to head back to Bundy, you’ll come across a site that has baffled scientists for years. Known as the “Mystery Craters”, these 35 odd shaped craters are worth a quick stop.

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5. Step Back In Time

The Bundaberg area is rich with history and there are a number of museums to explore.

At the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, you will learn all about Bert Hinkler’s history in airflight. He grew up in the area. Has a great display of planes and history to enjoy.

At Fairymead House Sugar History Museum you’ll discover all about the sugar industry and cane cutting days in Bundaberg at this stately home. Check opening times as they are limited.

The Bundaberg Railway Museum is a must see museum for those interested in railway history.

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