Winter School Holidays – Our Favourite Places to…
Take in views on two wheels
Kelly's Beach Bargara to Burnett Heads Harbour
The Turtle Trail is a pathway for walking and cycling, connecting Kelly's Beach Bargara to Burnett Heads Harbour, just a short drive east of Bundaberg.
Along its route, the Turtle Trail encompasses some of the most renowned destinations along the Coral Coast. These include the world-famous Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, the picturesque Burnett Heads South Parklands Harbour, and the stunning Kelly's Beach in the charming coastal town of Bargara.
Watch the sunset or sunrise
The Hummock Lookout
Turners Way, The Hummock
Located along the road to Bargara, you'll find "The Hummock," a low-lying volcanic remnant that offers visitors panoramic views of the surrounding area, despite its modest height of only 96 meters above sea level. From this vantage point, you can marvel at the vastness of the ocean to the east, while to the west, the city is embraced by lush sugar fields, with the distinctive smoke stacks of the Bundaberg Distillery and Mill gracing the horizon. As the sun sets over the land, you can witness the moon gracefully rising above the ocean.
In addition to its scenic beauty, The Hummock holds great significance in the history of the local indigenous people, the Taribelang Bunda Aboriginal community. They were the first inhabitants of this region and referred to it as 'Woongarra' (pronounced one-garra). The 'Sloping Hummock' we know today was once their sacred 'burning mountain.' At the site, there is a remarkable Aboriginal art mural that vividly portrays the turbulent tale of Paddys Island during the time of European settlement. Even today, you can still catch a glimpse of Paddy's Island from the Hummock lookout, connecting the present with the past in a profound way.
Skate, Scoot & Ride
Avoca Pump Track
313 Branuam Dr, Branyan
Get ready for some serious fun at the Avoca Pump Track! This place is an absolute blast for riders of all levels. It's a rad recreational space that'll have your kids grinning from ear to ear. Picture them zooming through twists, turns, and jumps on this epic track..
Whether they're a newbie or a seasoned pro, the Avoca Pump Track is the perfect spot to show off skating, scotting and biking skills and have a fantastic time outdoors. Grab the kids, bring your friends, and get ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure! Let the good times roll!
Enjoy a picnic with friends
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Mt Perry Rd, North Bundaberg
Get ready to escape into a botanical paradise at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens! It's a nature lover's dreamland, filled with stunning plants and wildlife that'll make you feel like you're in a fairy tale.
But wait, there's more! These gardens aren't just pretty to look at. They've got awesome picnic spots where you can kick back and chow down on some delicious snacks. Spread out your blanket under the shade of big ol' trees, or snag a spot at the picnic tables. It's the perfect backdrop for a chill picnic with your pals!
Get your heart racing
Clown Swing, Boreham Park
Avenell St, Avenell Heights
Get ready to have a blast at Boreham Park in Avenell Heights! This place is the ultimate fun zone for everyone, no matter your age.
And guess what? The Clown Swing is where the party's at! This swing is seriously cool and brings back those awesome childhood memories. Hop on, kick your legs up, and swing like there's no tomorrow. You'll be grinning from ear to ear as you go higher and higher!
Boreham Park has got it all. Wide open spaces for picnics and games, perfect for chilling with friends. Plus, there are awesome paths for leisurely walks and cool play areas that'll make the kids go wild. Climbing, sliding, and exploring? They've got it covered!
So grab your buddies, pack some snacks, and head over to Boreham Park. It's the place to be for non-stop fun and unforgettable moments.
Sip coffee while the kids are entertained
Bundy Bowl & Leisure Centre
Lester Street, Norville.
Lace up your bowling shoes and get ready to roll some strikes! Or sit in the coffee shop and enjoy a beverage while the kids bowl!
If the kids are craving adrenaline, challenge your friends to a game of laser tag and engage in an epic battle of wits and agility. And let's not forget the arcade games and mini-golf course that will keep them entertained for hours. Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre has something for everyone.
Witness wildlife at it's best
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Mon Repos Rd, Mon Repos
The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is a hub for visitors and marine turtle conservation. It hosts the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. Between November to March, visitors can see nesting and hatching turtles on the beach at night.
The Turtle Centre comes to life at night during Turtle season when guided tours are hosted. These tours include a viewing of the turtle centre, talks by rangers in the amphitheatre and a trip down to the beach to witness mummy turtles laying eggs or baby turtles making a run for the ocean. In the off season the Turtle Centre is open to view the exhibits and there are two nice board walks either side of the centre which lead directly out to the beach.
Take your camera
Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park
Steindel St, East Bundaberg
Baldwin Swamp is an awesome place for kids of all ages to explore. The park consists of a network of bush and concrete walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges in a lush picturesque setting. You will find lots of water birds and other wildlife to photograph as you weave your way through the freshwater wetlands and rain forest.
The wetlands are filled with bird life. We have seen swans, ducks, bats, lots of different birds, butterflies and snap dragons. Out of all the environment parks we have visited in the Bundaberg area this park most definitely has the most visible wildlife.
The George and Scotland Street entrances of Baldwin Swamp are shared with Lake Ellen Playground. This large park has equipment catering for children of all ages and abilities and is one of our favourite playgrounds to visit. We especially love going here in the cooler months with friends. This park has 2 main areas, the playgrounds, and bike and scooter tracks. You will find the toilet facilities for Baldwin Swamp Environment Park located here.