Regional Overview

The Bundaberg Region 

The Bundaberg and the Coral Coast region, four hours drive north of Queensland's capital Brisbane, is centred on the picturesque Burnett River. The area lays claim to the internationally renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Bundaberg Rum, and the famous aviator Bert Hinkler.

Bundaberg City is the commercial and service centre, as well as distribution point for the region. The region covers more than 6,000 square kilometres and boasts diverse natural resources and facilities reflected in its offshore, coastal, riverine, city, rural and protected environments. It experiences one of the most equable sub-tropical climates in Australia. With established export markets in horticulture, seafood, livestock, food and agri-processing, sugar cane, aviation and education, the area has abundant investment opportunities for the discerning entrepreneur.

Business and industry in the Bundaberg region have a proven track record in responding positively to change and competition in the international marketplace. This success is founded in a continued commitment by all sectors to invest in world class infrastructure, intellectual capital and quality management systems, together with persistent research and development. The Bundaberg region has considerable investment potential in value adding industries due to the congenial mix of natural attractions, existing industry, raw produce, facilities and services. Council, Bundaberg Region Limited, Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry and the Port of Bundaberg work collaboratively to meet all business support and information needs. We invite you to take time to discover the Bundaberg region.

Lifestyle

The Bundaberg region offers a superb lifestyle set in a healthy family environment. Residents can access a range of recreational, educational, cultural and sporting facilities. To those considering investing in the region, the combination of equable climate, necessary amenities, relaxed lifestyle and low cost of living offer the prospective resident a better climate for living.

The region can accommodate all lifestyle needs with a range of housing alternatives and retirement complexes with various living options. There is also a choice in location - Bundaberg City, rural areas, beachside at Bargara, Moore Park, Burnett Heads, Elliott Heads, Innes Park, Coral Cove and Woodgate Beach, or the sloping Hummock providing sweeping views of the rural hinterland and ocean.

Climate

Located on the sub-tropical central coast of Queensland, the region's position provides an enviable climate. Moderate summer days give way to balmy tropical evenings. Average summer temps range from 20°C to 29°C. Winter days are mild and dry, averaging 22°C and fewer than 18 wet days in the rainy season. Rainfall is concentrated in the warmer months, when tropical thunderstorms will bring a cool change after a sultry day. The climatic conditions make it possible to enjoy the outdoors throughout the entire year from land sport, water sport, camping, hiking and so much more!  

Shopping

The thriving Bundaberg Central Business District (CBD) accommodates one of the major department stores (Target) and has numerous specialty shops, cafes, hotels and service outlets.  Bundaberg's CBD is one of the very few thriving regional CBDs in Australia. Two major suburban shopping nodes, Hinkler Central (a Mirvac Shopping Centre) and Sugarland Shoppingtown (AMP), are easily accessible and offer major retailers (K-Mart and Big W), supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) and associated smaller retailers. In addition two ALDI (Kepnock and Avoca) supermarkets have recently been welcomed in the region.  

The beachside town of Bargara boasts a thriving foreshore recreational business district, combining retail and service outlets and numerous restaurants and cafes, with a shopping complex. The township of Childers also has a thriving main street, and is serviced by a major supermarket, boutique retail and cafes. 

Communications

In addition to national media, the Bundaberg region also has its own newspapers and local radio broadcasters, namely The Bundaberg News Mail, Isis Town and Country and Kolan Recorder, as well as the Guardian, Coastline, Bugle, The Scotchman, Childers Chit Chat and the Evening Star newspapers, 4BU, 93.9  Hitz  FM , Kix FM and 93.1 SEA FM and community radio stations.

Bundaberg Events

The Bundaberg region offers a wide range of events and festivals for you to enjoy, as well as a number of other attractions throughout the year. Big or small, our local events are a celebration of the lifestyles of the region's communities. Ranging from Council events such as Australia Day, Chinese New Year, Anzac Day, Childers Festival of Cultures, Bundy in Bloom and Pageant of Lights to the Wide Bay Australia International Airshow which incorporates aerial demonstrations, joy flights, and static displays of some of the finest aircraft to take to the skies. To find out more about the Bundaberg region's events visit the Events Calendar on the website.

Arts & Culture

The Bundaberg region offers a rich experience for those who enjoy the arts. With over 50 arts, crafts, historical and cultural organisations and facilities. A number of professionally practising artists live and work in our city.

Since 1996, the Bundaberg Arts Centre has established itself as the hub for the arts and cultural activities in Bundaberg and surrounding areas, with up to 45 exhibitions per year of local, regional, state and national visual arts. It is a large multi-purpose facility consisting of three distinct exhibition spaces, an artist in residence apartment and large studio space. The Arts Centre offers a range of artists' talks, tours, adult workshops and a school holiday program. The Childers Backpackers has been transformed into a memorial for the victims of the Childers Backpackers fire and incorporates a regional Art Gallery.

The School of Arts Building in Bundaberg was refurbished as a Centenary of Federation Project. It now plays host to a number of local arts, crafts and community organisations such as the Bundaberg Art Society and the Bundaberg Spinners and Weavers. The Bundaberg Art Festival is held every October in the Civic Centre. Artists from around the world enter the competition that offers over $20,000 in prize money.

Council has collaborated on the development of a document entitled Enhancing and Celebrating our Lifestyle and Creativity: The Bundaberg Region Cultural Plan. The document outlines a ‘Cultural Vision for the Region': "Acknowledging and investing in the Culture of the Bundaberg Region is key to its future economic growth, prosperity and social cohesion".  Recently, the Council has employed a Community Cultural Development Worker to assist with the implementation of this plan. Likewise, the newly formed local Arts Council, BAMBOIN Inc., will support and promote arts and cultural activities to enhance the social and economic development of the Bundaberg region through presenting and producing touring arts and the development of local arts marketing. A culture of volunteering underpins the delivery and success of the arts and projects by community based service clubs in the region.

The Bundaberg region boasts a rich and diverse cultural character. The character reflects the historic settlement pattern of its indigenous peoples, pioneer settlers, South Sea Islander imported labourers and today's multicultural population. Several groups and associations meet to develop and promote their individual cultures.

There are several museums that provide a window to region's past. Bundaberg's Botanical Gardens host the Botanical Gardens Railway, Fairymead House Sugar Museum, Bundaberg Historical Museum and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation which incorporates the late Bert Hinkler's House transported from South Hampton, England to Bundaberg. The Bundaberg Railway Historical Society's Museum is located nearby. The Bundaberg Distillery has a display of photographs and memorabilia from thesugar industry located on site in historic Springhill House.

Bundaberg's Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has an  865 seat capacity and provides cinema, live performances and conferences via the use of state of the art equipment. On average 90 stage shows a year are held in this modern community facility and are drawn from international, Australian and local organisations including commercial and school based bodies. A commercially run cinema, Readings Theatre Complex, is located on the southern outskirts of the City.

Safety & Security

The Bundaberg region has a number of community based policing initiatives including Safety House and Neighbourhood Watch. A Police Beat is located within the heart of the Central Business District. These programs and facilities encourage the community to be responsible for their own personal safety and security. Residents and visitors experience a safe and secure lifestyle.

Relocation

The Bundaberg region has an extensive network of agents to assist you in relocating to the area. Local real estate agents have detailed information relating to property availability for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Knowledge of the local market enables them to provide advice on location, price, style and other issues to be considered when relocating. There is also a number of organisations located in Bundaberg that provide business support and information services. A full listing can be sourced by visiting the www.bundaberg.org website.

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