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Your guide to a romantic and memorable escape on the Southern Great Barrier Reef

[image source: Lady Musgrave Experience, LMHQ, Island Picnic Expereince]

Come discover where great memories are made, and fall in love all over again on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. 



Renowned for our love of world-class rum, wholesome food, and turtles, come discover a region full of heart, soul, and memorable moments. From secluded escapes with your significant other, to experiencing something that is uniquely different on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, however you choose to spend your time in region, come enjoy an escape that you'll cherish for years to come. 

ROMANCE ON THE REEF

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in Queensland and situated just a scenic flight and boat ride from Bundaberg’s coastline are southernmost jewels, Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliott Island. From spending your days diving the most remote depths of untouched reefs, snorkeling alongside giant marine life and waking up to breathtaking blues next to your other half, there’s no better place to fall in love, or to rediscover it, than with a day-trip or overnight stay on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Known for being home to the Manta Ray, leave the wedding party behind and escape to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort with a short 25min scenic flight from Bundaberg Airport, and arrive to undisrupted views of pristine reef. Situated within the highly protected ‘green zone’ of the reef, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers a true eco experience with sustainability at the forefront of everything they do. From exploring the island by foot with daily guided walking tours, to spending your days swimming alongside curious turtles, tropical fish and manta rays year-round, with humpback whales known to frequent these waters during May - November, with their spectacular acrobatic displays and underwater melodic tunes.

To soak up Lady Elliot Islands full and enriching experience, spend from a few days to a week on the island and make yourself at home in one of their glamping units fitted with all the necessary luxuries, or opt for one of their reef view and eco-units all just within reach of the coral-filled lagoon. Don't have the time to flop and drop? Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort also offers day trip experiences from Bundaberg Airport for those wanting to capture a slice of this reef oasis

Lady Musgrave HQ
Imagine waking up to 360-degree views of vibrant blue reef-filled waters, watching the sunrise on the Great Barrier Reef and then diving into an underwater playground where giant turtles and marine life await. Sounds like your kind of paradise? Nestled in the sheltered waters of Lady Musgrave Island, Lady Musgrave HQ is the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s new kid on the block and an experience you won’t want to miss. Bringing you the seclusion of the reef without the crowds, enjoy a 2-hour boat ride from Bundaberg Port Marina aboard Lady Musgrave Experience’s luxury catamaran, and make yourself at home aboard this three-tier eco-certified pontoon.From glass-bottom boat rides, catered buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinners, sunset picnics on the shores of this heart-shaped coral cay and for the adventurers, diving expeditions exploring untouched parts of the Great Barrier Reef, spend your nights tucked away in a queen glamping safari tent reminiscing on your days snorkelling with marine life among these 3000 acres of living reef seemingly plucked from the pages of an aspirational travel guide. 

Lady Musgrave Experience also offer day trips to Lady Musgrave Island from Bundaberg where you can spend your days exploring sun-soaked waters and effervescent coral reefs.

Mon Repos Nightly Turtle Encounter
From November to March each year, the 5km stretch of Mon Repos Beach, comes alive at night with Mother turtles hauling themselves up sanding dunes to nest their clutches, and hatchlings making a mad dash to the sea where only 1 in 1000 will survive the odds. Come and witness a miracle during the Bundaberg Turtle Season as you take a peek behind the curtain of this ancient old ritual with a Mon Repos Nightly Turtle Encounter, the only ranger-guided turtle encounter of Australia’s East Coast. An experience unlike any other, this one will have your heartstrings tugging.


RAISE A GLASS TO LOVE

Welcome to the home of tipple town, where the rum is always world-class, and your glass is always full of budding new flavours that have been blended, brewed and distilled by passionate local artisans. From letting rich botanical essences coat your palate, to celebrating tying the knot with a bespoke bottle of premium rum, there's something old and something new to be tried as you toast to this exciting new chapter.  

Blend Your Own Rum at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery
A keepsake to last the test of time and one to enjoy while creating new memories. Bundaberg Rum is renowned for capturing the hearts of rum and non-rum lovers alike. To commemorate your special day, venture behind the scenes of Australia’s largest craft distillery on a Blend Your Own Rum Experience and become a rum connoisseur for a day. Guided by a Bundaberg Rum Master Blender, bring together premium rum profiles which are only available to Blend Your Own guests and bottle your very own signature honeymoon blend! With two bottles of your bespoke Bundaberg Rum Bottles, choose to keep one as a souvenir and share the other with friends and family. With your recipe forever housed on-site for you to order a bottle any time, you’ll even be able to pop one open and ‘cheers’ to 50 years of life together.

Sip and swirl your way through a hinterland winery & vineyard
Combining your love for wine and each other with an escape to the charming hinterland town of Childers. Situated just a 45min drive from Bundaberg, sip and swirl your way through the town's multicultural and heritage-led wineries. Enjoy a picnic among the vines at Vintners Secret Vineyard and taste their range of fruity wines letting their smooth finish and lingering notes coat your palate. Down the road discover the boutique winery of Hill of Promise Winery & Cellar Door and taste their grape-to-glass wines that are produced onsite with each bottle showcasing their passion for producing a wide variety of wine using skills passed down from winemaker and owner Terry’s Sicilian heritage.

Discover Tipple Town with a Cellar Door Trail
From the award-winning family-owned Kalki Moon Distillery and their silky-smooth botanical gins, liqueurs, vodka and rum, to pineapple wines, cold drip coffee liqueurs and apple ciders from Ohana Winery and Cheeky Tiki Cider House, and craft beer and cocktails at Ballistic Bargara, experience the artisan drink revolution and discover your new favorite honeymoon drink with a self-guided cellar-door trail. 


LOVE AT FIRST BITE

Embrace days exploring dirt roads and tantalizing tastebuds in one of Australia’s most prolific food bowls where farm fresh produce, trawler-to-table catches and love for local are dished across menus daily.

Macadamia’s Australia & The Orchard Table
A unique tree-to-table experience, weave your way through a lush macadamia orchard before arriving at the Macadamias Australia Visitor Experience where you will uncover the story behind this third-generation farming family and largest producer of Macadamia nuts in Australia. With this native nut showcased across their menu at onsite café, The Orchard Table, settle yourself among the orchard and enjoy a cosy coffee and spending time with your love among the tranquil surrounds.

Degustation Discovery with Water Street Kitchen
Let yourself be wooed all over again while sipping on signature cocktails and let your taste buds tingle with a 4-course meal in a mood-lit setting at Water Street Kitchen. This café by day and restaurant by night champions local producers and you can taste the difference on the tip of your tongue with each bite.

Whimsical mornings and wholesome treats at the Windmill Café Bargara
Sit back, relax and refuel. Nestled among lush garden surrounds in a blue Dutch windmill and set just a block back from Bargara’s foreshore, the award-winning Windmill Café, is your perfect morning go-to for a wholesome start to the day ahead. Try their delicious range of drinks, from hot rainwater filtered coffees, freshly squeezed juices, thick shakes made with real gelato and award-winning HOTI kombucha to piling your fork with local ingredients from their tantalizing menu. Our personal favourite is the Windmill Stack which showcases local Barrits Bacon, worcestershire glazed mushrooms, fried halloumi & a poached egg, served on a bed of rocket and stacked upon toasted sourdough.


BREATHTAKING BEACHES

Press pause and take time to yourselves admiring nature's beauty with your partner in life and discover our region's pristine beaches. From sweeping river views of the Elliott Heads, Bundaberg’s equivalent to Whitehaven Beach, to SUPing down effervescent waters of Theodolite creek and stretching out along a 16km stretch of white sandy beach at Woodgate Beach. Whether you're seeking seclusion or adventure on the water, our beaches have it all.


TAKE YOUR LOVE TO NEW HEIGHTS

If love is in the air, then why not join it? Spot majestic giant marine life in the turquoise waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef or take in the birds eye view of Bundy's iconic landmarks on a heritage flight. Add a little bit of luxe to your honeymoon, with the region's latest experience, boutique helicopter company RaptAir

Hop in the car and venture on a romantic road trip to the naturally beautiful North Burnett where your combined love for the great outdoors truly comes to life. Lace up your hiking boots and discover the exquisite landscape of Mount Walsh National Park, explore the sandstone wilderness of Cania Gorge National Park and be sure to admire the magic of Monto as you stumble upon vibrant artworks and murals along your journey.

 

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