Bundaberg is approximately a 3 hour journey from the Sunshine Coast. Before you pass through Gympie, call into Kybong service station and see Matilda, the giant Kangaroo used for the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane.
Get a photo taken, refuel and grab a bite to eat before you head north towards Tiaro and the old town of Maryborough.
Did you know that Maryborough was the home of author PL Travers who wrote the book “Mary Poppins”. Get a photo with the statue! There is a Mary Poppins Festival June 29th to 6th July each year.
Drive on from Maryborough and stop at Childers. Park on Crescent St and enjoy the lush green rest area ideal for caravanners. The kids will love the playground and the main street is full of quaint shops and delicious bakeries.
Next stop is Bundy, famous for it’s sugar cane industry and the Bundy Rum. It’s a great tour for those that love Queensland’s favourite spirit.
Stop in for a great tour and tasting.
Bargara is a family friendly seaside town just 13 kilometres from Bundaberg. It caters for families and has a variety of accommodation options from caravan parks to 5 star resorts.
You can swim all year round here, with several beaches stretching from Neilson’s Park to the north to Kellys Beach to the south.
The Esplanade is a pleasant 6 km paved walk, ideal for pet owners. If you like golf then there’s even a course to play on with sea views.
Our favourite place is called “The Basin”. The Basin is a protected swimming spot that’s been naturally sculputured by nature from molten lava. A horseshoe shape was formed and at high tide mullet, whiting and bream swim in the pool. Take your mask and snorkel. The water is great for kids. You can feed the fish once the tide has receded. Don’t get scared – the fish will swim around your legs.
Take some bread for the fish feeding …
Elliot Heads is one of our favourite places and this is why? The tiny town is south of Bargara and has a little bait and tackle store, a boat hire service and the best water for fishing you could ever wish for. It’s not uncommon to ‘hook-up’ on a massive fish in the channel.
Wander up-river and the more sedate water is ideal for catching flathead on the turning tide.
Elliot Heads is a quiet town with a true coastal vibe. You can chill out by the waterline or laze about in the seaside caravan park. If you want to catch a Big Lizard (a.k.a. Flathead) then reach out to Elliot Heads Boat Hire on: (07) 4159 6108