About the Bundaberg Region
Bundaberg and Coral Coast
Bundaberg and the Coral Coast provides access to over 140 km of Pacific Ocean Coastline and includes the coastal villages of
- Moore Park
- Burnett Heads
- Innes Park
- Coral Cove
- Elliott Heads
The region has one of the country’s most temperate climates with an annual average maximum temperature of 26.5 degrees and an average minimum temperature of 16.3 degrees celsius.
Nestled next to marine parks and safe stinger-free patrolled beaches, it sits at the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. With abundant marine reefs to explore, the region is rated in Australia’s Top 10 shore-diving sites, providing endless opportunities for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
Bundaberg is the closest departure point to experience the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon. Lady Musgrave Island is one of the most magical places in the world. Situated on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, just a stone’s throw from the Bundaberg coastline.
Lying encircled by a patchwork of cane fields is the City of Bundaberg, the eighth largest city in Queensland and the commercial hub of the Bundaberg/Coral Coast Region servicing a population of over 100,000.
A modern city with a colourful past, Bundaberg offers extensive facilities and amenities. There are several shopping complexes, a bustling CBD, distinctive boutique shops, two cinema complexes and a thriving cultural movement.
The city is the home of ‘the famous Aussie Spirit’, Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer manufacturer Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and diversified agricultural corporation Bundaberg Sugar, Bundaberg Rum offers regular daily tours of their world-class distillery, as does Bundaberg Brewed Drinks through the Big Barrel, their interpretive visitor centre.
The Botanic Gardens at North Bundaberg showcase Bundaberg’s amazing history, including the reconstructed original home of the city’s famous aviation pioneer, Bert Hinkler and recently completed Hinkler Hall of Aviation. You can take in the sights and experiences of the Bundaberg Historical Museum, the Fairymead House Sugar Museum or the nearby Bundaberg Railway Museum.
Barolin and Woongarra History
Barolin Shire was the local government area containing the pastoral and coastal areas around Bundaberg from 1879 to 1917, when it was merged into Bundaberg City and the Woongarra Shire. It was named in 1862 by Nugent Wade Brown after the Barolin Plain, an area between Burnett Heads and Elliot River, which was in turn derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “kangaroo”.
Bundaberg and the surrounding Woongarra Shire has long been a traditional cane growing region, taking advantage of the famous and rich red soils. Today agriculture still plays a major role in the economy, but tourism, retail and services are also major earners.