The Bundaberg North Burnett Region offers an experience no other Queensland Region can come close to claiming. What other region can give the best of both worlds.
Coastal - with the gateway to the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Offering you an up close and personal experience with nesting sea turtles and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see.... more
Country - vast rural settings, national parks of rainforests, hoop pines and naturally formed crevices and gorges, abundance of wildlife and revealing ancient aboriginal paintings and meeting places, all waiting for you.
The Ultimate Bundaberg North Burnett Region Tourist Drive will give you an insight into the whole region.... less
|Duration||5 Days||Itinerary Type||Air
|Distance||1096 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Circuit
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
|Level of Difficulty|
Bundaberg is a modern, progressive city servicing a district population of 112,000. Bundaberg was named in 1867 by combining "Bunda" (the name of an aboriginal elder) and "berg" (Saxon word for town).
Bundaberg City is known for many things, some of which can be named and experienced firsthand. There are tours of Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Multiples of historic buildings and museums via a river cruise along the Burnett River, Artist paradise with street art of all media, galleries and hands on experiences, can also be discovered.
Venturing to the coastal rim from Burnett Heads to Elliott Heads, 15 to 20 minutes from Bundaberg City, swimming, surfing, snorkelling and beachcombing can all be enjoyed. Seasonally from November to March you can also experience Sea Turtles laying and hatching. Night tours offered by Mon Repos Conservation Park the only chance of getting up close and personal to these ancient mariners.
Whether you're a connoisseur, art critic, historian or are into the natural nightlife - Bundaberg has much to offer you.
The Bundaberg North Burnett Region is situated at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef offering two different reef experiences.
Lady Elliot Island offers scenic flights over the reef as apart of their day tour or accommodation packages. This island, being large enough to cater its own airstrip, can only be accessed by fixed-wing aircraft, which gives you a rare aerial view of the reef. Accommodation is available from Eco Cabins to Island Suites catering for your ideal reef experience.
Lady Musgrave Island is a cruise, offering unique day tours amongst abundant coral reef, marine life a plenty all from the protection of an underwater observatory, glass bottom boats or if you wish to get wet, snorkelling and dives within a protected lagoon area off the reef are on offer. For those who wish for the 'Cast Away' experience, camping is permitted on the island but you will have to take everything with you as there are no facilities on the island itself, not even fresh water.
Leaving Bundaberg, head North along the Rosedale Road. Weave through orchards of macadamias, rural farm land and coastal outlets. Baffle Creek, located on the river of the same name, is a quiet hideaway with just the basics, and great fishing.
A change in setting as you approach Agnes Water and the town of 1770, a historic town named after the landing of Captain James Cook in 1770. These small sea side towns cater for those wishing just to get away from the rat race.
Heading west meet up with the Bruce Highway (A1) at Miriam Vale, travel south to the town of Gin Gin.
North of Gin Gin is Lake Monduran which, when full, holds a larger volume of water than Sydney Harbour.
On the outskirts of Gin Gin, within the rest area, are four monuments to the town's beginnings but also sharing its dark past between settlers and aboriginals.
Learn the struggle of pioneers against the regions only bushranger- the Wild Scotchman at the courthouse gallery or at the historical society which holds a Saturday country market. The artistic main street shares Gin Gin's journey from the meeting place of the Wakka Wakka tribe through to today's booming population.
On the northern outskirts of Gin Gin, take the turn off to Mount Perry. 30 kilometres along the Mount Perry road, and two kilometres off the main road, you reach Boolboonda Tunnel - the longest manmade unsupported tunnel in the southern hemisphere.
Mount Perry, the origins of mining within the region, has a museum showcasing the lifestyle of the pioneers. Venture up to lookout over the town, with views to Boolboonda and Perry Ranges.
Heading west along the Mount Perry Monto Road you have two options of travel - 20 kilometres of unsealed road continuing to Langly Flats just south of Monto. Or divert toward Eidsvold on a sealed road which will bring you 10 kilometres north of Eidsvold on the Burnett Highway. This only adds about 25 kilometres to the journey to Monto from the unsealed alternative.
Monto is a small country town on the northern rim of the North Burnett Shire, and leads you to Cania Gorge National Park which offers bushwalking, rainforest, gorges and Aboriginal paintings. The roads are sealed, and there are accommodation options at either end of the gorge.
Lake Cania on the northern tip of the Gorge also offers great fishing.
The Burnett Highway will lead you from Monto to Eidsvold. You will pass the turnoff to Lake Wurruma, camping is permitted and throw in a line and try your luck.
Eidsvold is the beef capital of the Burnett. The Information Centre also has a museum dedicated to R.M Williams. To the south you come across Mundubbera and then Gayndah. They are known as citrus capitals of the state, providing employment opportunities for locals and visitors.
Gayndah is known as the oldest town in Queensland and was considered for the capital of Queensland, but lost to Brisbane because the river was not deep enough, making it impossible for large cargo ships to unload.
The next stop is Ban Ban Springs, a community known for natural springs. To the Wakka Wakka people this area is significant as in the dreamtime it was believed this was the spot was where the 'Rainbow Serpent' surfaced.
Following the Isis Highway you start journeying back to the coast. Stop off at Coalston Lakes, extinct volcano crater lakes, which are near Mount Walsh National Park. Mount Walsh overlooks the town of Biggenden, known for its grain and cattle. 11 kilometres from Biggenden is Chowey Bridge.
From Biggenden you come up to Dallarnil, this is where the road divides and you can choose to head to Paradise Dam which is less than five years old. It supplies much needed water to farms in the region. Camping is permitted for a small fee.
Follow the Isis Highway towards Childers but veer off to Apple Tree Creek, famous for its rodeos and also has the largest free flight walk-in aviary in Australia, at around two acres.
You are now back on the A1 (Bruce Highway). Head south to the town of Childers. A couple of days could be used exploring this historic town, wineries, reptile enclosures, Pharmaceutical Museum, Military Museum, homemade ice-cream and the peanut van. Or discover the Palace Gallery and walk the artistic main street.
On the southern approach to Childers is Goodwood Road (signs to Bundaberg can be seen). Follow this road to Woodgate Beach. 30 minutes from Childers, Woodgate is a small seaside town surrounded by the Burrum Coast National Park and the white sands of Woodgate Beach. Great for a relaxing break.
Departing Woodgate you'll backtrack to Goodwood Road, turn right and follow through into Bundaberg City.
|Start from:||6 Barolin Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia|
|End at:||6 Barolin Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia|
|Start from:||6 Barolin Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia|
|End at:||632 Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy QLD 4677, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 35 mins|
|Start from:||632 Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy QLD 4677, Australia|
|End at:||51 Newton Street, Monto QLD 4630, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 56 mins|
|Start from:||51 Newton Street, Monto QLD 4630, Australia|
|End at:||Isis Highway, Biggenden QLD 4621, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 30 mins|
|Start from:||Isis Highway, Biggenden QLD 4621, Australia|
|End at:||11 Campbell Street, Gin Gin QLD 4671, Australia|
|Start from:||11 Campbell Street, Gin Gin QLD 4671, Australia|
|End at:||98 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia|