Bundaberg: Wildlife Experiences at the Southern Gate of the Great Barrier Reef

Bundaberg in Queensland is the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Picture-perfect beaches, encounters with wildlife and insight into the region’s indigenous culture and history. Five new attractions await Queensland travelers in the region.

Queensland, the second largest state in Australia, is located in the northeast of the country. A must for visitors to Australia, with over 260 days of sunshine a year, Queensland isn’t nicknamed the ‘State of the Sun’ for nothing. Thus, the area is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy the subtropical climate. This works especially well in Bundaberg, just an hour’s flight from Brisbane – these must-see highlights of the area:

Watching sea turtles

Milbi is the original word for turtle. Mon Repos, about 20 minutes from Bundaberg, is home to the largest colony of this type in the entire southern hemisphere. From November to the end of January, once it gets dark, hundreds of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. It’s exactly where I was born years ago. Animals, more than a meter in height, dig holes in the sand and lay up to 130 eggs. After about eight weeks, the young hatch and make their way out to sea. A great opportunity to officially witness this spectacle is to visit the Milleppi Festival at the end of October/beginning of November. Then the loggerhead turtle is honored with the most delicious food and culture. Culinary highlights of the festival include a dining event in the botanical garden with traditional indigenous cuisine, organized by Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours.

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Experience Bundaberg through the eyes of the Tarelang people

Those interested in learning more about aboriginal culture and the history of the Bundaberg region should take the Tarelang Bunda Cultural Tour. Visitors get an insight into the 60,000-year-old tradition of the Tarelang people. During the three-hour tour, guides and their guests visit places of symbolic significance and bring the stories to life. Guests can also sample authentic jungle food. Guided tours are offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Performing during the Tarilang Bunda Cultural Tour in Bundaberg, Queensland

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A trip to Macadamias Australia

Bundaberg sugarcane was famous for its cultivation. But that is history now. Today, the region represents an abundance of fairly produced food items, including fruits and vegetables such as peppers, zucchini, pumpkins, melons, and mangoes. Rum is also produced here. The reason for the fertile cultivation is the volcanic soil rich in nutrients. Get an appetite? Then you should visit the family-run Macadamias Australia farm. There, guests can enjoy fresh local food at the new Orchard Table Café.

Coffee and cake at Macadamia Australia Café

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The Steinhardt family and their team run the farm with love, enthusiasm and care for their products, and its undisputed star is the Queen of Nuts: the macadamia. The growers are available to registered visitors for personal talks and guided tours.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef from Lady Musgrave HQ

The Great Barrier Reef with its islands, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cannot be surpassed in superlatives. The coral reefs and the seemingly endless colorful fish do not leave any diver or snorkeler without admiration. The North Queensland reef stretches from Cape York down south to Bundaberg and is more than 2,300 km long. Lady Musgrave HQ is a floating platform located in the sheltered waters of the Lady Musgrave Lagoon at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Here guests can sleep at night under the stars 100 kilometers from shore, and eight queen-size, four-poster floating beds feature fabric walls that roll down and overlook the reef. They reveal a view of the lake in front of Lady Musgrave Island. Diving groups can use Lady Musgrave HQ to explore remote and pristine locations that can only be accessed from the pontoon. Lady Musgrave’s corporate headquarters will be powered 100 percent by wind and solar energy.

Couple leaning on Mrs. Musgrave

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Safari and overnight at Splitters Farm

Splitters Farm is more or less located in the middle of the bush. This is a working cattle farm that also provides a home for rescued farm animals like horses, goats and alpacas. The waters of the Splitters Creek Conservation Area flow directly into the Burnett River in Bundaberg. Here, travelers can retreat into the bush on 65 hectares of land for a peaceful retreat in harmony with nature. The area is also home to a range of native wildlife, including the platypus and more than 150 species of birds. Stay in one of our new luxury two-bedroom safari tents with patios and fire pits overlooking the freshwater oasis.

A bed in a Splitters Ram glamping tent in Bundaberg

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