The Coral Coast has plenty of natural and historical attractions to see, whether you are here on holidays or a resident wanting to explore your local area.
- Mon Repos
- Turtle Trail
- Historic Lighthouse
- Bargara Streetscape
- Diving / Snorkeling / Fishing
- City of Bundaberg
Mon Repos is one of the best places in the world to witness the nesting and hatching of loggerhead turtles. It has the most significant nesting population of this endangered species in the South Pacific. Flatback, green, and leatherback turtles also nest in the area making it the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland.
Nightly guided encounters conducted by park rangers run from November through to late March with the nesting turtles coming in from November through to January. This is followed by the little hatchlings making their way back to the ocean from January to March.
To experience a guided turtle encounter, make a booking online through Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism or phone (07) 4153 8888.
The Turtle Trail is a walking and cycling path that links Burnett Heads Harbour to Kelly’s Beach in Bargara – and will soon reach even further south. The turtle trail allows locals and visitors to enjoy some active outdoors pursuits while exploring the entire Bargara-Burnett Heads coastal strip.
Some of the things you can see along the way include several beaches, the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, the South Sea Islander Wall, Barolin Nature Reserve, the historic Burnett Heads lighthouse, the Bargara foreshore, and the Burnett Heads South Parklands.
The lighthouse was erected at South Head in 1873 and served for 99 years before being replaced in 1972 and moved to its current location. While you can go and see the historic lighthouse from the outside any time, it is open for visitors from 9am to 12 noon on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Please note that access to the top of the lighthouse is not allowed for safety reasons.
Location: Lighthouse Park, Zunker St, Burnett Heads.
Cost: Coin donation.
The Bargara Streetscape project was completed in 2002 and has provided an attractive area of walkways, decks, playgrounds, BBQ facilities and picnic areas that compliment the coastline perfectly. The public area is a wonderful place to spend quality time with family and friends or simply relaxing on your own.
The Coral Coast is home to a number of spectacular beaches and the sub-tropical climate means they can be enjoyed almost year round.
Bargara Beach – small beach opposite the Bargara CBD. Not patrolled.
Kelly’s Beach- Bargara’s largest beach just south of the CBD. Features still water swimming areas at either end. Patrolled.
Archie’s Beach – Immediately south of Kelly’s Beach. Not patrolled.
Nielson Park Beach – Home to the Bundaberg Surf Lifesaving Club. Park and picnic facilities. Patrolled.
Rifle Range Beach – A small beach at the southern end of Bargara popular with dog walkers. Not patrolled.
Oaks Beach – A popular spot for locals to relax and enjoy a swim. Patrolled.
Home to the Mon Repos turtle rookery but the public can enjoy a stroll along the beach during daylight hours. Not patrolled.
Moore Park Beach
Moore Park boasts a stunning 20 km stretch of golden sandy beach. Patrolled only at Moore Park Beach township.
The Innes Park inlet is a popular swimming spot with park and picnic facilities nearby.
Located at the mouth of the Elliott River, Elliott Heads is a popular spot for swimming and an array of water activities. Patrolled.
Beginning on the southern side of the Elliott River and stretching over 4km Coonarr Beach is a great spot to escape the crowds for a relaxing picnic or do some surf fishing. Unpatrolled.
Diving and Snorkeling
Easily accessible shore diving with colourful corals and various reef fish just a few metres from the shoreline. Access is just off Barolin Esplanade, Coral Cove.
Can be accessed from Bargara and features a split bommie – two large submerged rocks with a swim through and cave.
Cochrane Artificial Reef
Access by boat just off the coast of Bargara. Explore the 33 metre wreck ‘Ceratadus II’ (Sand Dredge), two Mohawk aircraft, King Air aircraft, water tower and a huge concrete modules, pipes and other structures, plus see an abundance of marine life.
There are plenty of spots for fishing around the Coral Coast with beaches, estuaries, and great offshore fishing.
The regional city of Bundaberg is just a short drive from all centres on the Coral Coast and provides a wide range of shopping and dining experiences. The city is also home to some of Queensland’s most famous and loved icons and historic attractions including Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and the Sugarcane Railway.
For more information about things to see and do in the region visit the Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism website www.bundabergregion.org