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From Woodgate in the south to Moore Park beach in the north and then Agnes Water and Town of 1770 further along the coast and a variety of amazing swimming and exploration beaches to be uncovered in between.
Woodgate Beach offers a stunning curve of white sand over 16 km long backed by a continuous sweep of shady she-oak trees. The township boasts a quiet and picturesque place to relax, unwind and enjoy a natural experience. Surrounding Woodgate is the Burrum Coast National Park, preserving a rapidly disappearing snapshot of what much of the Southern Queensland coast once resembled. There is a range of accomodation available as well as BBQ and toilet facilities.
Elliott Heads has both river mouth and surf-beach swimming available. It's a popular spot for kite surfing and jet skiing, while the fishing is good either from the shore or on nearby reefs. A shady, landscaped caravan park is adjacent to the beach as are a number of pleasant picnic spots with BBQ and toilet facilities. This is a great family holiday destination and is truly an untouched, quiet paradise.
Innes Park and Coral Cove has both creek swimming and beach options with Palmers Creek providing shady picnic and safe swimming spots. Barolin Rocks is a miniature reef wonderland with colourful coral, reef fish and other underwater wildlife. You can snorkel or dive off this point. If you a spot of golf teeing off right next to the ocean tickles your fancy - then grab your clubs and have a swing.
If a relaxed, seaside holiday with dining, parks, BBQ's, waterfront walks, farm fresh produce, beaches and accommodation all within five minutes of your home base sounds good than Bargara is your answer. You can pitch a tent, pull up your caravan, stay in a B&B or rent a motel or apartment and start your fun in the sun. You can drop a line in along the ocast, try a spot of golf, do some barefoot bowls or set up at the turtle park and take a bike ride, walk or scoot down the paved pathway all along the foreshore from Kelly's Beach in the south to Neilson Park in the north.
Kelly's Beach is located at the opposite end of the Bargara foreshore and has two swimming areas - the seafront and lagoon. You can stand up paddleboard in the lagoon part which is a bit more protected or just have a splash with the family.
The Basin, situated at the northern end of Kelly's Beach was created by the construction of a wall of basalt rocks to make a aclm water beach and is a great spot for secluded and easy swimming - it's like a beachside pool. Locals like to do laps in this area, feed the fish with a bit of bread and snorkel along the rocks to see what has made it way into the pond from the ocean. The basin is best at high tide and there are plenty of shady areas to set up along the shore.
Mon Repos is famous for turtles and it's not hard to see why upon strolling down the boardwalk and setting your eyes upon this cove of secluded and beautiful coastline. The beach is only a couple of kilometres north of Bargara and can be enjoyed year-round by visitors not only for swimming, sailing and other watersports but during turtle season for getting up close and personal with these ancient mariners of the deep. Mon Repos isn't only famous for turtles, you can view a variety of birds and other creatures where the estuary drains and if you are a bit of a history buff, Bundaberg's famous aviator, Bert Hinkler took his first glider flights on this beach.
The Burnett River flows out to the sea at Burnett Heads. Recognised by the National Trust as an important part of Australia's maritime history the old Burnett Heads Lighthouse (c.1873) stands testament to a bygone era. When the lighthouse was taken out of serice next to Burnett Heads Hall and is a lovely reminder of maritime history. Burnett Heds has a lovely cafe and clothing shop, a few good pubs and some small stores to choose from.
Just upsteam is the Port of Bundaberg and if you wonder where all the sugar goes before it gets shipped out of the region - the huge sugar terminal is where the sugar bounty can be found. No tours are allowed. there are boat ramps and car and trailer parking at the river mouth and marinas. The Lady Musgrave Experience takes off from the Port and is a boat ride away to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The Bundaberg Port Marina offers first class marine facilities for visitors to the region who arrive on water, with berths providing power, water, wireless internet, refuelling, amenities, lift out and hard stand services, hire cars, general sore and more on offer. Bundaberg is the main port of entry for yachts entering Australia. It's sheltered marinas, easy access from the sea and Customs and AQID facilities make it a popular first port of call.
Moore Park Beach is on the northern side of the Burnett River and a trip out to this part of the region means you can pick up lots of fresh produce from the farm gates dotted along Moore Park Road. On your journey you will find sugar cane, small crop farms, macadamia, avocado and flower farms.
Agnes Water is directly on the oceanfront and has the most northern surf beach in Queensland. The coastal township boasts resort and boutique style accommodation and a sprinkling of quality cafes and retails. Some 6 kilometres north of Agnes Water is the Town of 1770, so named after the visit of Lieutenant James Cook in May 1770. This was Cook's second landfall in Australia (the first in Queensland) so giving rise to the area's claim to be the birthplace of Queensland.