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Guide to Bundaberg
- Getting to Bundaberg
- When to visit
Hatching turtles, world-class rum and sparkling white beaches await at the southernmost gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
The historic sugar cane city of Bundaberg is where the Great Barrier Reef begins. Located just north of Brisbane, it is perfectly positioned next to some of Australia’s most extraordinary islands. On the mainland, watch baby turtles hatch at Mon Repos, have some fun with rum at the Bundaberg Distillery, and explore 140km (87mi) of glistening white beaches.
You can fly directly into Bundaberg, or reach it on a 4.5-hour road trip from Brisbane. Self-drive is the easiest way to get around the region.
- Bundaberg Airport (BDB) services domestic flights
- Brisbane Airport (BNE) is 361km (224mi) to Bundaberg and services international and domestic arrivals
- Car hire is available at both Bundaberg and Brisbane airports
The Southern Great Barrier Reef region has a temperate climate that can be enjoyed at any time of year. Winters are mild, summers are warm and storms are rare. So get ready to enjoy this lesser-known piece of paradise.
- High season: Winter (June to August)
- Low season: Summer (December to February)
- Don’t miss: See nesting turtles from November to January and turtle hatching from January to March