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Best of Bargara

  • September 9, 2020
  • By 50 Shades
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Best of Bargara

I’ve discovered that some places are worthy of a second visit. This is what brought me back to the seaside town of Bargara on the Southern Great Barrier Reef on the Coral Coast. However this time around, instead of just a day trip, we spent a whole week here seeing the best of Bargara.

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The main street in Bargara

Where is Bargara?

Situated 13 kilometres east of the city of Bundaberg, Bargara is 384 kilometres north of Brisbane in Queensland. It is a seaside holiday resort town that has a lovely laid-back relaxed vibe. It is surrounded by rich volcanic soiled farmlands that mainly grow sugar cane and a variety of other produce.

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Sugar cane cages in Bargara

It is not only most famous for having the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles at Mon Repos Beach on the eastern Australian mainland. But it also boasts the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. 

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Entrance to Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Bargara

Where to Stay in Bargara

We stayed at the Bargara Beach Caravan Park located at the northern end of town opposite the Surf Club, Nielson Beach and the extensive parklands. It’s a large sprawling park with lots of shady trees and grassy areas to camp. This pet friendly caravan park is in the ideal position to enjoy a beach holiday and is close enough to walk or cycle into town.

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Neilsons Beach opposite the Caravan Park

There are plenty of other accommodation options in Bargara, including hotels, holiday units, Airbnbs and holiday homes. Book your Bargara Accommodation HERE.

Where to Eat & Drink in Bargara

There were two places that absolutely stood out in Bargara. Sandhills Sports Club for dinner and The Windmill Cafe for breakfast and coffee. The Sports Club has an incredible menu and both meals I had here I enjoyed immensely. You can’t beat the $9.95 senior specials on a Wednesday night.

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The Windmill Cafe

The Windmill Cafe, that is actually housed in a timber windmill, is surrounded by a lovely outdoor garden area. It is super dog friendly with water bowls and even treats give to your furry friends.

The other eateries that came highly recommended were The Journey Cafe for the health conscious and the Red Chilli Thai Restaurant in town. Otherwise there is the bistro at the Golf Club and Bargara Lakes Tavern.

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Eating homemade passionfruit icecream at Tinaberries

For a decadent treat drive out to nearby Tinaberries Strawberry Farm and try their homemade icecream and farm fresh strawberries.

Walking and Cycling in Bargara

Our daily routine was to walk along the pathway along the beachfront into town for a coffee past Nielsons Beach, The Basin to Kelly Beach. The pathway is nice and wide and smooth with a timber bridge across a small creek and through coastal vegetation of casuarinas and pandanus trees in a couple of sections.

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Bargara Esplanade Pathway

My husband set off on his bicycle one morning to the north along the Bargara to Burnett Heads pathway. This pathway takes you through the environmental park to Mon Repos Beach and traces the shoreline along Oak Beach to Burnett Heads.

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The Boardwalk at Mon Repos Beach

For bushwalking enthusiasts there is a great walk at Barolin Nature Reserve. The nature reserve comprises of a large area (over 300 hectares) of natural bush, grassy plains, wetlands and 4 kilometres of paths located near Bargara.

Bargara Beaches

There are several beaches scattered across the 5 kilometre stretch known as the Bargara Esplanade. Depending on whether you want a beach for surfing, swimming or somewhere sheltered that is ideal for children, there are plenty on offer.

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Map of Bargara Beaches

Our favourite beach was right in front of the Caravan Park where we stayed at Neilsons Beach. From north to south Bargara beaches include:

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Bargara Beach
  • Neilsons Beach – located on the northern end of Bargara where there is a Surf Club that patrols the beach each weekend from the September School holidays until Labour Day in May. Best for swimming and surfing.
  • Turtle Park Beach – directly in front of the Turtle Park playground in town. This beach is great for exploring at low tide but not for swimming. 
  • Boat Ramp Beach – on the foreshore to the right of the Turtle Park. This area is ok for sand play at low tide but can be quite a rough place to swim. Not suitable for children.
  • The Basin – south of town this is a great sheltered swim spot and also good for snorkelling.
  • Kelly’s Beach – extends from the Basin for almost 1km to the mouth of Money’s Creek, which makes it good for beach walking. It is a patrolled beach that is best for surfing at the southern end.
  • Money’s Creek – at the end of Kelly’s beach this creek is tidal and provides a great sheltered place to swim when the ocean is too rough.
  • Archies Beach – located on the southern tip of the Bargara esplanade. This beach is not patrolled but is a good surfing spot.
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The Basin Beach in Bargara

What to do and See Around Bargara

As we were visiting Bargara in the middle of winter it was a little cool for swimming and surfing. So we spent most days taking a look around the area. Some suggested things to do and see around Bargara include:

Burnett Heads – only a short 11 kilometres driving distance north of Bargara, Burnett Heads is where the Burnett River enters the ocean. Here you can check out the Burnett Heads Lighthouse built in 1873, the Bundaberg Port, throw a line in the river, relax in the extensive parklands or swim at the beach.

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Burnett Heads Parklands
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Burnett River Mouth

Mon Repos Turtle Centre – just north of Bargara the Mon Repos Turtle Centre is a must see. On the particular day we went here it was closed to visitors, however we were able to walk on the scenic boardwalks through the rainforest to the beach.

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Mon Repos Beach

Turtle nesting season is from November to March. During this time you’re able to take a nighttime turtle encounter to witness the hatchings emerging from the nests on the beach. At other times of the year visit the Turtle Centre where you will learn all about these extraordinary animals and the conservation and research programs that are protecting the turtles.

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Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Elliott Heads – a big favourite of mine was the drive out to the seaside village of Elliott Heads through the cane fields. This town is located on the Elliott River and has its own island created at low tide, called Dr Mays island. This island is a sanctuary for rare birds that visit from Siberia and Alaska. You can walk out here at low tide, but not actually on the island itself.

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Dr Mays Island at Elliott Heads

The town has a great Caravan Park situated right on the beachfront, beautiful parklands and a cafe. There are also a couple of beach options here to suit everyone, and of course the sandy shores of the Elliott River.

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Elliott Heads Beach

Amandine Lavender Farm – on the way out to Elliott Heads we stopped at the Lavender Farm. There are extensive fields of beautiful lavender, a stately Queenslander house, lovely gardens and a charming little cottage that is the shop. The shop sells an exclusive range of lavender products and gifts. You won’t come away empty handed!

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Lavender Fields in Bargara

Tinaberries Strawberry Farm – also on the road out to Elliott Heads is the strawberry farm where you can pick your own strawberries in Spring. You can wander around the family owned farm and farm outbuildings, enjoy farm fresh strawberries or try their own fruit-filled homemade ice-cream. It was delicious!

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Tinaberries Strawberry Farm

Understandably there is plenty more to do and see in the city of Bundaberg. For more information read my previous blog Bundaberg, The Burnett & Bargara.

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By 50 Shades, September 9, 2020 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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