Getting Here

An easy four and a bit hour drive or quick 45-minute flight from Brisbane, Bundaberg is well situated to begin your journey into the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Don't like flying and not a fan of driving? Sit back and relax as you take in the scenic countryside, all while enjoying the rustic, old-school charm of rail travel with QLD Rail.

Once you land or arrive in Bundaberg, we recommend hiring your vehicle from Budget Car and Truck Rental located on Johanna Boulevard.

By Road

LocationDistanceDrive Time
Bundaberg to Brisbane 362 kms 4 hours 18mins
Bundaberg to Cairns1354 kms15 hours 18mins
Bundaberg to Gladstone 187 kms 2 hours 14mins
Bundaberg to Hervey Bay109 kms1 hour 24mins
Bundaberg to Rockhampton 288 kms 3 hours 20 mins
Bundaberg to Whitsundays: Airlie Beach768 kms8 hours 41 mins

Useful links on road conditions

RACQ Road Conditions

QLD Traffic



Queensland Rail (Phone 13 16 17), offers daily departures from Bundaberg. These services go both north and south.



Alliance Airlines (Phone 13 67 89) and Qantas (Phone 13 12 23), both offer daily services between Brisbane and Bundaberg.

Qantas flies to Bundaberg    Alliance Airlines Bundaberg

Island Connections

Lady Elliot Island: A mere 25-minute scenic flight from the Bundaberg Airport and you are landing on the first island of the Great Barrier Reef. The waters around Lady Elliot Island teem with marine life. A coral cay, Lady Elliot Island is world renown as home of the Manta Ray, with research identifying over 7000 individual manta rays in the surrounding waters. (That makes for pretty good odds of spotting one as you are flying to/from the island, or while you are snorkelling, diving or in the glass bottom boat). Visitors can enjoy a day trip to this Southern Great Barrier Reef gem, or stay as long as you like in the islands' 41 room eco-resort.

Lady Musgrave Island: A day cruise away from Bundaberg Port Marina and Town of 1770/Agnes Water, Lady Musgrave Island is unique as it is the only coral island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef with a navigable lagoon. The island and lagoon is a pristine coral cay with 1,192 hectares of spectacular fringing reef ready to be explored.

Heron Island: In the north lies Heron Island, ribboned by sugar-white sands, crystal waters and acres of coral gardens ripe for exploring. With no day-trippers, the 4-star resort island is made for doing as little or as much as you like, a boat ride from Gladstone Harbour.


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