We’ve been visiting the Bundaberg and Burnett region for over 15 years and have recently made the Coral Coast our home base so watch out for some great new content and local tips in the coming months. This part of Queensland has so much to offer locals and visitors alike.
Whether you love the fabulous beaches and lush rainforests, the rural regions that provide an abundant food bowl, the nature and wildlife, or the nostalgic regional towns you are sure to find something to enjoy here.
Where is the Coral Coast, Queensland?
The heritage city of Bundaberg is built on the Burnett River surrounded by some of Australias most productive horticultural land but a short 15-minute drive east will have you on the coast renowned for its nesting turtles, swimmable rock pools and turquoise water.
The Coral Coast includes the Bundaberg beaches and coastline. Located on the Coral Sea and being the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, famous for its incredible range of corals and sealife, this is an incredible spot to experience the bounty of both land and sea in one stunning spot.
Take a trip out to Lady Musgrave Island or watch the whales on their annual migration from either the water or the many coastal lookouts. Swim at the beaches largely sheltered in the bay created by the northern tip of Fraser Island, grab your board on those occassions the surf whips up, and enjoy the extensive coastal walking and cycling trails.
Exploring Bundaberg and the surrounding regions
We’ve created more detailed guides for each of the top tourist destinations. Check these first to help with your trip planning, they include the best things to add to your itinerary and other essential visitor information.
Top attractions in the Bundaberg Region
Another top destination in Wide Bay – Burnett is Bundaberg, both the city and the wider region. Start with our things to do in Bundaberg article to get a feel for the range on offer, then check out the detailed reviews of our top places to eat, play and stay.
The best time to visit Bundaberg & the Coral Coast
The region enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate with two seasons, a humid hot season in summer stretching from September until April and generally a drier cool season from May – August.
Summer typically brings daily highs of a comfortable 30° celcius around the coast with an overnight low in the low 20’s. Winter daytime temperatures are in the low 20’s with overnight temperatures dropping to around 12° celcuis.
With the southern states typically experiencing a cold and wet winter it is a popular time to head north and explore Queensland, the sunshine state. This is also the time when the bay is full of migrating whales.
As we head into summer the relatively comfortable temperatures are perfect to tempt you to the beaches, to explore Lady Musgrave Island or to go snorkelling on the southern Great Barrier Reef. From November until March you can see turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs and later in the season batches of hatchlings making their way out to sea at the Mon Repos beach and turtle centre.