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Coral Coast

On the coast of the Bundaberg region, a dreamy stretch of sandy beaches, national parks and seaside holiday villages beckons to be explored.

Swim or fish at Elliott Heads, go diving off the rocks at Coral Cove, spot kangaroos along Woodgate Beach or soak up the Esplanade ambience of Bargara. Unspoilt beaches provide stinger free places to relax and enjoy life. Fraser Island shelters our coastline from the rolling Pacific Ocean waves, giving ideal conditions for family beach holidays. The gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg's coastline offers a succession of beaches where visitors and locals go for relaxing, snorkelling, fishing and boating.

Between each of the beaches are volcanic rock, 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 townships stretched behind the esplanade are an eclectic mix of traditional 'Queenslander' style homes, beach shacks and a range of quality holiday accommodation. With a spattering of retail kiosks, cafes and family friendly restaurants.

The Mon Repos Regional Park, is home to the largest concentration of nesting sea turtles on the east Australian mainland, and only 10 minutes from the Bundaberg CBD. Over the Queensland summer, you can join a nightly tour, guided by Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Rangers to see green, flatback and the endangered loggerhead turtles nest and hatch on the small beach. Mid-November to January is the best time to see female turtles laying eggs, while the little hatchlings usually begin to leave their sandy nests from mid-January til late March. Guests staying on the islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef also have the opportunity to witness turtles nesting and hatching in smaller numbers. With many people adding the Turtles at Mon Repos to their bucket list, it is best to book your Bundaberg Turtle Experience early! (Bookings open from September each year).

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