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 bushlands, 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.
Exploring Bundaberg and the surrounding regions
We’ve written a lot in the past few years about Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast but another top destination in the Wide Bay – Burnett region is Bundaberg, both the city itself, its beaches, and the wider region.
Our things to do in Bundaberg article is a great place to start and to get a feel for the range on offer, then check out the detailed guides to some of the attractions below plus reviews of some top places to eat, play and stay.
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.
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.