Bundaberg is some 15 kilometers from the coast. Spread out along the coast are a succession of beaches where
visitors and locals go to relax and unwind.
Between each of the beaches are volcanic rocks, remnants of a small cinder cone volcano The Hummock. These rocks provide good fishing and dive locations as they are an ideal base for coral and marine growth.
The Hummock, an extinct volcanic cone which is the districts highest point, offers 360 degree views of the picturesque Bundaberg district and coastline. It has a nature boardwalk extending from a beautiful tourist park with picnic and toilet facilities and meanders through the last vestiges of the original Woongarra Scrub. Near the southern access to the Hummock you'll find a nursery complex as well as a carting track, mini golf and water slide.
A recent study of beaches throughout Australia has concluded the region's beaches are amongst the most pristine in the nation.
The largest of the seaside townships, Bargara is only 13 kilometers east of Bundaberg and it is experiencing a development boom. A variety of accommodation including first class oceanfront apartments, resorts, motels and backpackers is available. A boat ramp near the clock provides a launching spot for a small craft. Fishing is possible off the beach, the rocks and offshore. There are plenty of park areas for picnic tables. An excellent golf course, bowling green with tennis courts provides venues for the sports minded and children are well taken care of with playgrounds and skating facilities.
Kelly's Beach has two swimming areas, sea front and causeway, so is attractive to surfers and small children. Sailing catamarans can be launched from the beach here and a hire company has boogie boards, surf skis, deck chairs and catamaran available.
The Basin, is situated at the northern end of Kelly's Beach, was created by the construction of a wall of basalt rocks to make a calm water beach. It was built by the Kanaka settlers who were brought to Bundaberg to work on the cane fields in the 1880's.
Riverview is a tiny village nestling on the northern bank of the estuary but provides large scale recreational opportunities. The area is great for fishermen and the kiosk has a boat hire service.
Elliott Heads is situated at the river mouth and offers both surf and calm water swimming. It is also a popular swimming spot for sail boarding and jet-skiing while the fishing is good either from the shore or on the nearby reefs.
Near Innes Park, Palmers Creek is good for swimming and picnicking. Built in 1870 as a summer retreat for Gin Gin graziers the Brown family, Barolin House is a landmark on the headland to the south. Barolin Rocks, just south of Innes Park, provides some of the best fishing reef on the Queensland coastline with a variety of coral and colourful sealife attracting divers from all over the world.
Moore Park Beach is on the northern side of the Burnett River, 21 kilometers from Bundaberg. If you are sick of high rise and the fast lane then Moore Park is for you. Some 16 kilometers of sandy beach is perfect for surfing, swimming, walking or fishing. The surf life saving club patrols the beach in summer.
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