A Welcome to Bundaberg Region

Welcome to the Bundaberg Region 

The Bundaberg region is situated approximately four hours drive and only a 45 minute flight north of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. 

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. 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 provincial hub of this vibrant, unique region, and is centred on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the commercial and service centre, as well as distribution point for the region. The Bundaberg region's notable features include equable climate, relaxed and inviting lifestyle, affordable living, modern shopping facilities, plentiful tourism destinations and diverse economic opportunities.  Such factors, together with the friendliness of its residents, make this area a superb place to visit or reside in. 

Located on the sub-tropical central coast of Queensland, the region's position provides an enviable climate, one of the most equable in Australia.  Moderate summer days give way to balmy tropical evenings. Average summer temperatures range from 20°C to 29°C. Winter days are mild and dry, averaging 22°C , with 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!  

Residents and visitors to the Bundaberg region have easy access to a wide variety of services and vital infrastructure. These include three major hospitals, public schools and colleges, and major campuses of CQUniversity and Institute of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). The city, serving a population of 100,000 people, is a vital regional business hub for Queensland, boasting excellent shopping, sporting, cultural and tourism facilities and has become a popular venue for the staging of conferences and major events. The city has an active business and professional community, who share their expertise and insight into building a strong and sustainable regional economy.

Economy

The Bundaberg region is located in the heart of a rich sugar and horticultural belt supported by a growing manufacturing sector. In fact, Bundaberg produces one fifth of Queensland's sugar crop and the city is surrounded by a green sea of rich sugar cane and many farms growing Australia's finest small crops. The city plays a significant role in global manufacture and industry, being home of ‘the famous Aussie Spirit', Bundaberg Rum, leading drinks manufacturer Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, diversified agricultural corporation Bundaberg Sugar, and many others of international recognition. Bundaberg Rum offers regular daily tours of their world-class distillery, as does Bundaberg Brewed Drinks through the Big Barrel, their interpretive visitor centre.

Bundaberg Regional Council provides the Business Bundaberg and Invest Bundaberg websites to provide real information and to support to industry, business and investors. These are brands within the Economic Development Unit of Council and they are designed to proactively support a sustainable regional economy through industry development initiatives and investment attraction programs. This is undertaken in collaboration with our community, local business and other levels of Government to achieve maximum positive outcomes. The following table of GRP by industry is an example of the type of valuable data available within the Invest Bundaberg Site. This information is from the Facts & Figures page.



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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 North Burnett Tourism, Department of State Development and the Port of Bundaberg work collaboratively to meet all business support and information needs. With established export markets in horticulture, seafood, livestock, food and agri-processing, sugar cane and related products, the area has abundant investment opportunities for the discerning entrepreneur. We invite you to take time to discover the Bundaberg region and the variety of exciting prospects it provides.

Lifestyle

Despite its amazing population growth and carefully managed suburban sprawl in all directions, the city retains a natural charm and relaxed lifestyle that appeals to residents and visitors alike. Just a few minutes stroll from the city centre, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Alexandra Park, and experience the first of several stages of breathtaking riverside development in the Bundaberg Regional Council's ambitious Riverside Parklands project.  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. Visitors are well catered for in this dynamic, modern riverside city with a wide choice of accommodation and shopping, restaurants and eateries and a host of exciting visitor attractions. Historic buildings and modern architecture blend seamlessly with a bustling central business district full of parks and gardens to make Bundaberg an attractive provincial capital with a touch of country charm. The "Whaling Wall" mural, painted by world-renowned environmental artist Wyland, is a dominant 7-storey landmark in the city centre and provides a year-round reminder of our nearby marine visitors.

A short distance away, in North Bundaberg, the Botanic Gardens feature winding lake side boardwalks and natural boulevards, taking you through a variety of natural experiences and beautiful landscapes. These parklands proudly showcase Bundaberg's amazing history, including the reconstructed original home of the city's famous aviation pioneer, Bert Hinkler. You can even board a restored coal-fired steam train for a different view of the gardens, or take in the sights and experiences of the Bundaberg Historical Museum, Fairymead House, the Sugar Museum, or the nearby Bundaberg Railway Museum.

While Bundaberg residents are proud of their past, they are just as excited about the future, including the Bundaberg Regional Council's major new national tourist attraction and aviation adventure experience, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, a new regional airport and aerospace precinct, and countless other developments. If you enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, or revel in sport, you'll love the opportunity to enjoy golf, fishing, swimming, cycling and walking, or perhaps indulge in a creative cultural experience at the Bundaberg Arts Centre, or the region's recently renovated library.

Enjoy beachcombing and dolphin spotting from the pristine shores of Bargara and the Coral Coast, just a short 15 minute drive from the city centre. You can also experience our own natural wonders at the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, celebrating and preserving Australia's most significant mainland turtle-nesting beach. Experience the majesty and uniqueness of the Great Barrier Reef in its finest form at our two coral cays of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot, or the Fitzroy Reef Lagoon and the magnificent fringing reefs of the Woongarra Marine Park right on the shoreline of the Coral Coast.

The waters of the Coral Coast are a proven snorkelling, fishing and diving paradise, and the local coastal villages ensure a great touring route to fully discover the Bundaberg region, from shining sea and beautiful reef, to mountain views and rural hinterland. We enjoy close access to a number of seaside villages, stretching from Buxton and Woodgate Beach in the south, through to Coral Cove, Innes Park, Elliott Heads, Bargara, Burnett Heads and Moore Park. Stroll along sandy stretches of beach, enjoy safe swimming year round, or discover the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful seaside destinations.

While Bundaberg is the commercial and business capital of the region, there is a range of different experiences and opportunities awaiting you within a short distance. At the region's southern gateway is the town of Childers, featuring the peaceful vibrancy of a busy provincial centre overlooking rolling hills of sugar, small crops and small industry.  To the north, the highway town of Gin Gin tells a fascinating historic tale with a genuine bush spirit, including the chance for freshwater fishing and weekend country escapes. Enjoy a relaxing drive through country towns, or take in the spectacular natural landscape that forms the Bundaberg region.

The region can accommodate all lifestyle needs with a range of housing alternatives and retirement complexes incorporating 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.

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 few thriving regional CBDs in Australia. Two major suburban shopping nodes, Hinkler Central (Mirvac) 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

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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. Large or small, our local events are a celebration of the many-faceted lifestyles of the region's communities. Such attractions range 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.

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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

Given the Bundaberg region's  proximity to South East Queensland, the excellent water, transport and other infrastructure in place, together with its many other assets, abundant potential exists for a new wave of investment opportunities.  Bundaberg welcomes you as a tourist, or as a resident wishing to raise a family, or retire.  Further, if you wish to make a business/economic investment, then numerous exciting opportunities await you.

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 http://www.bundaberg.org/ website.

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