Beaches of Bundaberg North Burnett

Situated around 15km from the Coral Coast, Bundaberg, North Burnett is synonymous with great beaches, all of which offer different experiences depending on your taste.

There are numerous accommodation options too, with the region boasting everything from 4.5-star holiday apartments and units to motels, caravan parks and some great campsites.

Which Bundaberg Region beach is perfect for you? 

Paddle in tidal lagoons, swim laps, feed fish, dive and snorkel. There are shady picnic spots and calm creeks galore around this region, you just need to know where to look.

Here’s our guide to Bundy’s Best Beaches.

Family-friendly Bargara Beach is located 15 kilometres east of the Bundaberg town centre.

The beach is easily accessible and is backed by a beachfront road, offering stunning foreshore winding boardwalks, kids playgrounds, eateries, and cafes.  

Keep your camera on hand - during the summer months, you will see turtles come to shore to nest. And if you get to the beach early in the mornings, over summer, you'll see the turtle tracks leading back to the ocean.

This is where you will find the famous Mon Repos turtle sanctuary.

Head down to beguiling Bargara and you’ll hit one of the region’s prettiest beaches of them all at Kelly’s Beach.

Enjoy protected swimming in either the ocean or the lagoon.

  • The Lagoon, which is calmer, is ideal for paddle boarding and families with small children.
  • On the ocean side, swim in the open waters, or head to the northern end and the Basin which was created by the construction of a wall of basalt rocks to make a calm water beach. Best tackled at high tide, the Basin is popular with locals who like to swim laps; snorkellers; and fish feeders.

For a great photo spot, drive or walk along Woongarra Scenic Drive and snap the blue water and black rock of the Coral Coast.

Popular for both its river mouth and surf-beach swimming, Elliott Heads is also a cool place in which to partake in kite surfing and jet skiing.

Fishermen can cast a line from either the shore or on the nearby reefs.

Adjacent to this beach you’ll find a shady, landscaped caravan park and there are also a number of picnic spots with barbecues and toilet facilities. Families regard this beach as an untouched paradise.

For a great picture, walk out to Dr May’s Island at low tide and take a photo looking back towards Elliott Heads.

This stunning curve of white sand stretches some 16km long and is framed by a continuous sweep of shady She-Oak trees.

Not only is the calm ocean protected from the strong swells of Fraser Island, but the shallow seas are home to dugongs and turtles.

The languid township lays along the length of the beach and there’s a number of accommodation options from the popular tourist park and 1950s beach shacks to modern homes and luxury mansions.

Walkers Point, a small fishing village near the mouth of the Burrum River, sits to the south. A drive north along the esplanade will bring you to Theodolite Creek Drive and the creek of the same name. This expanse of white silica sand is perfect for swimming, fishing and boating.

Nestled on the northern side of the Burnett River, there’s some 16km of sandy beach ideal for surfing, swimming, walking or fishing.

The Surf Lifesaving Club patrols the beach in summer and nearby there’s a caravan park, motel and holiday units.

One of the most pleasant ways to experience Moore Park Beach is to picnic in the Lions Park which has shady trees. Nearby, behind the sand dunes, sits the Bicentennial Lagoon – a man-made island which attracts stunning birdlife

Palmers Creek, with its shady picnic area and safe swimming spots, is a popular place for visitors to Innes Park, which offers both creek swimming and beach options.

Top things to do:
  • Woongarra Marine Park stretches along this coastline and one of the highlights is the Barolin Rocks Dive Site, which is considered by snorkellers and divers as a miniature reef wonderland with colourful coral, reef fish, and other underwater wildlife. This spot is considered an excellent site for beginner divers as it’s just metres from the shore and has great weather year round.
  • For those whose idea of fun is above the ocean, tee off at the Coral Coast Golf Club.

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