Backpacking Bundaberg

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    LADY ELLIOT ISLAND IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM BUNDABERG. THE ISLAND IS SURROUNDED BY STUNNING WHITE SANDY BEACHES BACKING ONTO REEFS:
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    LADY ELLIOT IS CONSIDERED TO HAVE SOME OF THE BEST DIVING AND SNORKELLING ON THE PLANET:
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    AT MON REPOS CONSERVATION PARK YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF NESTING TURTLES ON THE EASTERN AUSTRALIAN MAINLAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    THE COAST IS LOCATED ABOUT 13 KILOMETRES AWAY FROM BUNDABERG. THE BEACHES HERE ARE NICE FOR SWIMMING AND SOMETIMES SURFING: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Bundaberg Highlights

  • Famous for its distinctive rum distillery and the fine drop it produces - Bundaberg Rum.

  • Access the Southern Great Barrier Reef from here, including Lady Elliot Island with its surrounding spectacular reefs. It's considered to have some of the best diving and snorkelling on the planet.

  • Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery from November until the end of March, to see hundreds of turtles drag themselves up the small beach to lay their eggs and see baby turtles hatching and heading back to the sea.

  • Haven for backpackers seeking various types of farm work.

About Bundaberg

Population 45,000

Bundaberg is a bustling provincial city and the commercial centre for the large sugar growing and surrounding rural regions. The city is most famous for its distinctive rum distillery and the fine drop it produces - Bundaberg Rum.

You can also access the Southern Great Barrier Reef from here, including Lady Elliot Island. This part of the reef is considered to have some of the best diving and snorkelling on the planet.

Other good activities to do while in Bundaberg include exploring one of the nearby coastal national parks, go fishing in the Burnett River, or head over to Bargara, a small seaside town just 12km away on the coast, for some nice swimming beaches.

At Mon Repos not far from Bundaberg, from November until the end of March, hundreds of turtles drag themselves up this small beach to lay their eggs. Not too long after baby turtles emerge and then head back to the sea. You can see this miracle up close at the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery.

Bundaberg is also a haven for backpackers seeking various types of farm work. If you contact the hostels there, they can generally give you information on what work is available.

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Bundaberg Region Tourism - West Centre

271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
Phone 1300 722 099
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