If you’re looking for things to do in Bargara you’re in for a pleasant surprise – despite being a sleepy town at first glance, Bargara is jam-packed with wholesome activities the whole family will enjoy.

But firstly, where exactly is Bargara?

Where is Bargara?

Bargara is located in Queensland, Australia approximately 4.5 hours drive North of Brisbane, and about 15 minutes from Bundaberg.

A lesser known fact, is that this seaside village is located at the southern tip of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef!

What to do in Bargara

Before diving straight into what to do in Bargara, get your bearings first and find Bauer Street, the main street in town. Here you will find all the essentials including the pub named the Bargara Beach Hotel, Bargara Beach Takeaway, Bargara Beach Bakehouse and the Journey café.

A casual stroll will lead you to the beautiful 2km long coastal esplanade. It’s the perfect path for a walk, jog or ride. This spectacular oceanside track is the first thing you should check out – read on for plenty more things to do in Bargara.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

For a truly unique wildlife experience visit the Mon Repo Turtle Centre. The breeding season for turtles in Bargara runs from November through to March, and during this time you can book a Turtle Encounter departing from this centre. This a night tour is hosted by the Park Ranger, who will guide you to the protected beach to witness mother turtles laying their eggs or baby turtles hatching and taking their first steps to the ocean. These tours are in very popular, so make sure you book in advance!

Mon Repos Walking Track

The Mon Repos Walking Track is a stunning coastal walk. It’s a 4.5km return journey offering a variety of scenery, with its halfway point being the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.

Barolin Rocks

The track meandering through the Barolin Rocks area is an easy and beautifully scenic walk, where you’ll capture expansive views down to the rocks and along the coastline. If you’re interested in scuba, this area also offers the chance for divers see turtles, rays, moray eels and reef fish, wobbegongs and sometimes even dugongs.

Lady Musgrave Island

Located only 52km from Bundaberg, Lady Musgrave Island is a coral cay of just under 20 hectares in size. The island is surrounded by a vast and active coral reef, a mecca for snorkelers and divers to experience the aquatic wildlife living in this region. A great way to access Lady Musgrave, is to take day cruise such as The Lady Musgrave Experience.  Take a luxury catamaran out to Lady Musgrave lagoon to spend the day snorkelling, diving, and discovering the reef on a glass bottom boat. There’s also a guided tour of the island where you’ll learn more about the habits of migratory birds that travel long distances to this heritage listed island.

For the adventurous nature lovers, you can also camp on Lady Musgrave Island, but you’ll need to come very prepared as there are virtually no facilities on the island itself.

Pick strawberries at Tinaberries

A visit to Tinaberries Strawberry Farm is a great experience for young and old. During Spring, specifically from August to early October, you’re able to enter the farm and pick your own strawberries to take home and enjoy. While you’re at Tinaberries, why not treat yourself to their the freshly made ice-cream or choose from plenty of other treats available in the cafe, a family-friendly area with plenty of seating and activities such as jenga.

Surfing Lessons

Whilst not known for its surf due to its positioning on the central Queensland coastline, somewhat blocked by the Great Barrier Reef, this region is surprisingly good for learning to surfer. When the gentle waves are rolling through at Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach, there are surfing schools and surfboard hire available for you to try your hand at hanging ten.  Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are also available for hire on the flatter days too.

Bundaberg Rum Distillery

Head down the road to Bundaberg to visit the home of Australia’s most iconic rum at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. A fascinating destination, even for non-rum drinkers, you’ll discover the history and process that has created this hugely popular liquor, fondly known by locals as Bundy Rum.

The tour includes a tasting session, with some lesser known varities and flavours even making an appearance, and there’s a photo opportunity with the Bundy Bear, the brand’s polar bear mascot, at the front of the distillery too complete your experience!

Silo Art

Here’s a special one just for the art lovers – 2.5 hours drive inland from Bargara lies the town of Monto. Here you can marvel at the incredible artworks painted on the town’s grain silos and water towers.

There are several artworks scattered across Monto painted by a variety of artists, with the most popular being Three Moon Silo by famed artist Travis Vinson (aka Drapl) and Joel Fergie (aka The Zookeeper).

Lady Elliott Island

Lady Elliott Island is another popular coral cay in this region with some of the best snorkelling in Australian on offer. A bigger Island than Lady Musgrave, Lady Elliot is also home to an eco-resort.

Being further from the coastaline, a day tour to Lady Elliot starts at Bundaberg airport for a 30-minute scenic flight to the island. You’ll then board a glass bottom boat that navigates over the fringing reef, where you’ll spot reef sharks, turtles, starfish, manta rays, an abundance of tropical reef fish and maybe even a tiger shark! If you’re here between May and November, you may also see humpback whales breaching in the surrounding waters during their annual migration.

Mystery Craters, Bundaberg

Located between Bundaberg and its neighbouring town Gin Gin, these 35 sandstone craters are a sight to be behold. Discovered in 1971, the origin remains a complete mystery to this day despite several investigations and theories. Take a look from the viewing platform and see if you can unravel the mystery for yourself! 

Bargara Beach

Bargara Beach is the ideal beach for a young family. Being protected, it’s a great place to snorkel, swim and go fishing! If you are chasing a couple of waves, travel further up the beach to find a few breakers.

The Bundaberg Barrel

Despite folklore, the popular household soft drink Bundaberg Ginger Beer is not actually made by the same company as Bundaberg Rum. A visit to The Bundaberg Barrel will reveal the history and craft behind the brewing this delicious ginger beer.

Utopia Falls

Utopia Falls is located in Mount Walsh National Park, an area filled with hiking trails and hidden treasures. A drive just under two hours drive from Bargara brings you to this beautiful section of rock pools and waterfalls, with some doubling as natural waterslides for some added fun! The walk to Utopia Falls is classified as a grade four track and is three kilometres return, so pack your waterbottle and togs for a swim.

Taste Tiki Cider

Ohana Winery is Queensland’s only cider house, known for its tasty Tiki Cider. With tropical flavours from apple and pear to exotic blends including passionfruit, pineapple and ginger, the hardest part will be choosing which cider to taste first! Also available with tasting sessions are cheese platters, or join the crew for a tour of the facility.

Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing

This gin distillery is home to the award-winning Kalki Moon gin, while also producing vodkas and other liquor varietals. After your tour of the distillery, sit down, relax and enjoy a tasting session of these sensational Kalki spirts.

Banksia Track

​The Banksia Track is a national park track including a boardwalk, meandering through forests and paperbark trees. The track lies within the Burrum Coast National Park, home to many lovely walks. Keep your togs handy, and it’s conveniently located just a couple of minutes from Woodgate Beach.

Bargara Brewing Co

A former saw-mill, this rustic facility has now been transformed into the Bargara Brewing Co. Bargara Brewing Co not only brews a variety of spirits and liquors, but their delicious non-alcoholic drinks are also brewed onsite, meaning it’s a great place for the entire family to enjoy a locally crafted drink.

Boolboonda Tunnel

Head inland for just over an hour, and discover the Boolboonda Tunnel. This is the longest unsupported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere. You can walk or drive 190m long this heritage-listed landmark, which is actually from an abandoned railway that connected Mount Perry to North Bundaberg.

Hummock Lookout

The Hummock Lookout and boardwalk is built upon the remnants of volcanic activity from centuries ago. At just under 100m above sea level it offers unique views across the patchwork of farmlands and across to the ocean, a view somewhat reminiscent of English pastures. This region has long been utilised for the production of sugar cane due the ideal growing conditions and rich red soil unique to this region.

Amandine Lavender

If an Instagram-worthy moment is up your alley, be sure to visit the Amadine Lavender Farm. Here you will discover never-ending fields of lavender. You can also learn more about lavender’s use as an essential oil, and of course purchase some of your own at the adjoining store.

Fresh Seafood at Grunske’s

There’s nothing better than fresh seafood by the water, and the ideal location for this in Bargara is at Grunske’s on the river. Experience riverfront dining with freshly sourced fish, scallops and prawns on the menu. The Grunske’s have been in the local fishing industry for over fourty years, so you can count on them for the best seafood in town.

The Big Orange

Heading west to the town of Gayndah you’ll find yet another of Australia’s famous big icons, The Big Orange. As you’d expect, Gayndah is the citrus capital of Queensland and is also one of Australia’s oldest towns, founded in 1849 and maintaining its charming heritage even today. Explore the quaint old town, grab yourself a fresh OJ and a snap keepsake photograph in front of the giant orange!

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