The Burrum Coast National Park is located to the south of Bundaberg and consists of four sections: Kinkuna, Burrum River, Woodgate and Buxton. Camping is allowed at Burrum Point, which is part of the Woodgate section, as well as Kinkuna. A 4WD is required to access both of … [Read more...] about BURRUM COAST NATIONAL PARK | BUNDABERG’S BEST KEPT SECRET
WIDE BAY BURNETT
Recognised as the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and based around the major centres of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Gayndah, the Wide Bay Burnett region possesses significant natural resources including the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is by far the most popular off-road destination in the Wide Bay and Burnett area. Although it is definitely spectacular, this region also offers plenty of other great places to explore by 4WD. There are also some great experiences to be had!
This is the most popular 4WD destination in the Wide Bay and Burnett Region. It’s hardly surprising, with such a stunning combination of beaches, lakes and a range of off-road tracks. Lake McKenzie is a definite highlight. The combination of white sand and ridiculously clear water is absolutely beautiful. Take the vehicle barge from Harvey Bay and enjoy a boat ride before exploring this World-Heritage listed island.
2. Childers to Lake Monduran
This fabulous and easy country drive takes your along dirt roads from Childers to Lake Monduran or vice versa. In the old town of Mt Perry, you can explore the heritage building trail on foot or by car. This drive also takes you through the abandoned Boolboonda railway tunnel with its bat colony. Lake Monduran is a water activity paradise and is perfect for fishing. It’s also a great spot to spend the night.
3. Burrum Coast Beach Drives
The Burrum Coast National Park, between Harvey Bay and Bundaberg, is a relaxing place to spend a few days. The Kinkuna and Burrum Point sections are both worth checking out and are both accessible only by 4WD. There’s beach driving and spectacular camp spots at each. At Kinkuna, you can camp on the dunes amongst the Casuarina trees and enjoy ocean views. At Burrum Point, a sandy track leads you to the beautiful bush campground. It’s only a short walk from there to the beach as well as the start of some great hiking tracks. From Burrum Point, you can drive all the way south to the mouth of the Isis River. As well as the beaches, the local rivers are great spots for some boating and fishing.
4. Wongi State Forest
This park is full of a huge variety of 4WD tracks of varying difficulty. There’s also waterholes, pine forests and great swimming and fishing spots.
5. Goodnight Scrub National Park
The hill climbs and water crossings of this great reserve offer up plenty of 4WD adventure. Paradise Dam is a lovely spot to have a picnic or do a spot of fishing. The park is a great spot for bird watching too, with over 166 species.
- Snorkel or Dive the Southern Great Barrier Reef (especially Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Islands and the ex-HMAS Tobruk wreck)
- Explore the caves of Cania Gorge National Park
- Visit the Mon Repos Turtle Centre (and if you’re lucky, see some hatch on the beach!)
- Take a dip in the Elliot Heads Rock Pools
- Enjoy a whale watching tour from Harvey Bay (July to November)
Places to Visit
- Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Visit the museum, join a tour or even blend your own rum!
- Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Tour the home of the iconic Bundaberg Ginger Beer, taste test their drinks range and take some home.
- Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Learn about the amazing aviator Bert Hinkler, see his house and wander the huge beautiful gardens.
- The Old Pharmacy Museum Childers. Step back in time and marvel at the pills, potions and products of the past in this amazing shop.
- Brennan and Geraghty’s store at Maryborough. This incredible shop dates back to the 1870s and is full of products and paperwork spanning the past 150 years. It is now run as a museum by the National Trust of Australia.