Hundreds of tiny footprints linking the sand dunes to the sea, a tell-tale sign of turtle hatchlings starting their life at Mon Repos beach. A few months earlier, a mother turtle had dragged her large frame up the beach to above the high tide mark to carefully lay her eggs in the largest turtle rookery in the South Pacific. Witnessing this rare sight—a once a year dash to the water’s edge—is just one of the natural encounters you can experience in the Bundaberg North Burnett region.
Snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters around Lady Elliot Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef . Marvel at the size and grace of the mantra rays gliding overhead, their large wing-spans creating slow moving shadows across the coral below.
Or, if you prefer hiking boots to fins, head inland and explore one of the many National Parks easily accessed from Bundaberg North Burnett. Follow the walking tracks through the towering sandstone cliffs and caves of Cania Gorge, hike the trails of Mount Walsh National Park, or see the 25 million year old mystery craters near South Kolan.