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Top 10 tourist attractions in Bundaberg to put on your caravan travel bucket list

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If you're a caravan owner, or you're planning on taking a road trip with your family, Bundaberg is the place to be! There's so much to see and do in this beautiful part of Australia, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Here are 10 tourist attractions in or around Bundaberg that should definitely be on your travel bucket list! But wait there’s a lot more to discover too!

  1. The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is a must-see for all rum or liquor lovers
  2. The Mon Repos Turtle Conservation Park is the birthplace of some of the world's most endangered turtle species
  3. Take a walk through the Botanic Gardens and admire the beautiful flowers and plants
  4. Visit the Bundaberg Barrels Museum to learn about the history of Bundaberg Brewed drinks
  5. Head to Bargara Beach and relax on the sand or go for a swim in the ocean
  6. Drive out to Moore Park Beach
  7. Explore Lady Musgrave Island
  8. Head to Burnett Heads and explore the river mouth and beaches
  9. Elliott Heads Beach for one of the most beautiful beaches and waterways in Queensland
  10. So many more attractions to see

1. Bundaberg Rum Distillery 

The Bundaberg Distilling Company began in 1888 with the first rum being produced a year later. It is without a doubt one of the iconic treasures of the Bundaberg region in addition to and along with the Millaquin Sugar Mill, both being major employers over the years for Bundaberg locals. The Bundaberg Sugar Company can trace its history back to 1870 through the Fairymead mill. The distillery has guided tours available through their Hill St. East Bundaberg visitor centre. While you’re at it, check out Kalki Moon Gin Distillery on Commercial St. Svensson Heights. It has tours and tastings and is a tantalising tourist experience.

2. Mon Repos Turtle Conservation park

Mon Repos Turtle experience is one of the most popular attractions of the Bundaberg region. The centre has recently gone through a major upgrade and is the jumping-off point for viewing the turtles as they lay and for the baby turtles as they make their way out of the nest to the ocean after hatching. If you plan your timing carefully you might be able to see a turtle laying eggs at the same time as little ones exiting their nest have hatched. The season is from November to March each year and attracts huge numbers of tourists so be sure to book ahead. Mon Repos Beach was also where Bert Hinkler began his fascination with flight after making his own glider and using the sandhills at Mon Repos to gain lift. 

3. Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

On Mt. Perry Road the present botanic gardens were gazetted in 1988 and boast 10,000 shrubs and trees on 27 hectares of land. They are a lovely place to go for a wander and enjoy the beauty of the creation. They also have their own cafe/restaurant called “1928” and also feature the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Bert Hinkler’s home called “Mon Repos” removed from the UK and reassembled in Bundaberg. 

4. Bundaberg Barrels Museum and Bundaberg Brewed drinks

On Bargara Rd. where the iconic Bundaberg Brewed drinks factory is currently located, the Barrel has self-guided tours which take approx. 45 mins to 1 hr. and include a 6 pack of mixed drinks in the tour price. Bundaberg Brewed drinks are available Australia-wide and are exported to many overseas destinations. Another Bundaberg success story and currently building a new factory on Kay McDuff Drive.

5. Bargara, Nielson Park Beach and Kelly’s Beach

Bargara is the main beachside location for Bundaberg. Originally called “Sandhills” it was the scene for the first and subsequent historic railway picnics beginning in 1922. Thousands of people would flock to Nielson Park Beach from the surrounding districts and even from Gladstone and enjoy the spectacular Surf Life Saving competitions and other events of the day. Sandhills as it was called heralds back to being designated as a bathing reserve in 1912. It is still very popular seeing thousands of tourists visiting every year. Nielson Park is the place for booking in your van for a stay with ample room and extensive shaded areas right opposite the beach particularly if you are looking for that family caravan for sale to take to this beautiful location. Kelly’s Beach is another popular surf beach on the southern end of Bargara.

6. Moore Park Beach

The drive out along Moore Park Beach Rd. takes you through sugar cane, macadamia and small crop fields to a beautiful beachfront location. It has a caravan park and is home to 2650 locals who enjoy the quiet easy-going lifestyle yet are within easy reach of all the facilities of Bundaberg.

7. Explore Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is a must-see location approx. 95 km off the coast from Bundaberg Marina, or 58 km from the Town of 1770. There are regular day trips from both locations to the island which is a national park surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and lagoon. Snorkelling the lagoon is a magical experience that puts you within reach of so many marine creatures and coral gardens. You can also stay overnight in accommodation on the actual reef. Lady Elliott Island is another coral masterpiece within the short flying time of Bundaberg with accommodation available on the island. 

8. Head to Burnett Heads and explore the river mouth

Burnett Heads is the mouth of the Burnett River. It is the location of the bulk sugar terminal and also the Bundaberg Marina. The Burnett river runs through Bundaberg and is an important water source for Bundy’s thriving agriculture industry. Oaks Beach is the main swimming beach at Burnett Heads and is worth a visit. You can also buy fresh seafood or have a delicious meal at the marina if you so desire.

9. Elliott Heads Beach

Elliott Heads Beach is the beautiful southernmost beach in the Bundaberg region and is a very popular beachfront location with its own caravan park. To take advantage of this beautiful caravan park location our family caravans for sale can make your tourist holiday so much more special. Elliott Heads boasts one of the best locations in the world for kite surfing and foiling and attracts many overseas enthusiasts.  

10. So many more attractions to see.

  • Bundaberg Brewhouse in Tantitha St. 
  • Hummock Lookout
  • Childers and district
  • Mt. Walsh and Biggenden
  • Coalstoun volcanic lakes
  • Paradise Dam and Monduran Dam
  • Town of 1770 and Agnes Waters
  • Steinhardts Macadamia farm
  • Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
  • The Lavender farm on Seaview rd. 
  • And more      

Pack your caravan and head to Bundaberg

So what are you waiting for? Bundaberg is the perfect destination for you and your caravan or to take a road trip with your family. With so much to see and do, you're sure to have an amazing time! If you're looking for more ideas of things to do in Bundaberg, feel free to give our friendly team a call. And if you are yet to buy a caravan for your next holiday we have a huge range of family caravans for sale that we can take you through. We hope you have a wonderful time exploring this beautiful part of Australia!

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