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Where to: Swim and Soak in the Bundaberg Region

From magical fairy pools and swimming holes to idyllic islands and surf patrolled shores, there’s heaps of spots to take a dip, soak up the saltwater or frolic in the fresh, here in the Bundaberg Region. So, cast your eyes on this list of hidden gems and local favs to explore.

 Bucca Crossing

Just 25 minutes from the main street of Bundaberg, you’ll discover the locals freshwater fav – Bucca Crossing. A perfect place for a paddle in the Kolan River and a picnic on the banks with the whole family. Hop in the canoe and cruise upstream to the rowing reserve or float the day away in your inflatable ring.

The river can be relatively fast flowing, we’d suggest sticking to the upstream section and supervise children at all times. For more information on how to be water safe, click here.

Locals Tip? There’s no better way to finish off the day than with a classic pub lunch and a refreshing beverage! Hosting legendary Sunday sessions with local musos and travelling artists, the Bucca Hotel quintessentially Aussie venue, that’s been sharing their delicious feeds and rural charm since 1897. Spend your arvo in the beer garden, taking in the sweet country melodies, under the shade of the mango tree.

Why not make a weekend of it? Bucca Hotel offers camping behind the pub, with toilets and showers from just $10 per person per night – just check in with the staff behind the bar.

Utopia Rock Pools

Living up to its name, U T O P I A noun ‘an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect’ – and that’s exactly how we’d describe this little hidden gem.

Your own sauna surrounded by fauna! Adventure to Mount Walsh National Park and wander along waterfall creek to this little slice of paradise nestled amongst dry rainforest. After a fresh spell of rain, these pools are a blessing to take a dip in and cool off from your hike so far.  

The Rock Pool Walk is a 3km return trip, with access from the Waterfall Creek section car park. Click here to discover more.

The Basin

It doesn’t matter whether the tide is in or out, The Basin always delivers!

This saltwater swimming pool is a dreamy spot for a paddle or a snorkel, with the volcanic rock formations creating a cove protected from the surf.

Dotted along one stretch of sand, why not spend the day bathing at The Basin, boogey board through the waves at Kellys Beach or floating the hours away at Moneys Creek, before savouring the sunset with a beachside BBQ.

Cania Dam

Well loved by watersports wizards, this is a cracking spot to hook onto the back of the boat, and perfect your wakeboarding or waterskiing skills.

If your kinda thing is more gills than thrills, Cania Dam is stocked with Aussie bass and golden perch, for you to reel in and grill up a dinner the whole family will be hook, line and sinker for.

Just under 3 hours from Bundaberg CBD, nested in the beauty of Cania Gorge National Park,  make a weekend of it by staying at BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park and hike the many trails through the sandstone wilderness.

Elliott Heads Rock Pools

Who doesn’t want to play mermaid for a day? These magical little lagoons are filled with thriving marine life and the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Let the saltwater soother your skin and relax your muscles, as you starfish on the surface and savour Mother nature’s very own spa retreat (just leave the cucumber eye patches at home).


A little secluded paradise, where the Kolan River meets the Coral Sea, Miara is somethin’ special.

Just over 30 minutes from Bundaberg’s city centre, this getaway spot takes you back to those traditional bush camping holidays you had as a kid, with a number of powered and unpowered sites to set up your home away from home.  

A popular playground for keen anglers to cast their rod and reel in some flathead for dinner, or enjoy the tranquil waters with a mid-morning dip after an slow and easy morning.

Theodolite Creek

Swirling turquoise waters and sweeping sun kissed sands for the playground for the seekers of serenity! Theodolite Creek is nestled just south of Bundaberg between the quintessential seaside burb of Woodgate and the off-grid gorgeousness that is Kinkuna.

Connect to your core as you SUP along the shore or hop in your kayak and paddle with your ore.

Why go for a day when you can extend your stay? Check into a beach villa at NRMA Holiday Park Woodgate Beach, wander the boardwalk of the Banksia Trail and finish the day with a family feast of fish and chips with ocean views as far as the eye can see.

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