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Our beaches

The Bundaberg Region boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. There are many to choose from with Bargara being only 15 minutes from Bundaberg City. Elliott Heads, Moore Park Beach, Burnett Heads, Innes Park and Woodgate Beach all offer beautiful swimming and family fun areas.

Queensland Surf Life Saving provides patrols at a number of our local beaches on weekends and school holidays. Bundaberg Regional Council financially supports the patrol initiatives of the local Surf Life Saving Clubs:

  • Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club
    Moore Park Beach
  • Oaks Beach (Burnett Heads)
    There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach.
  • Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club
    Nielson Beach (Bargara) 
    Kellys Beach (Bargara)
  • Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club
    Elliott Heads Beach

Check the Beach Safe website for an update of scheduled patrols.


Moneys Creek Causeway Gate Operation Guidelines - 2023

Bundaberg Regional Council regularly opens the tide gates on the causeway located at Moneys Creek Lagoon near Kellys Beach, Bargara.  The gates are operated in conjunction with tides that are high enough to allow sea water to enter the lagoon, and to enable the lagoon water to flush out, allowing a mix of fresh and salt water and the movement of fish through the causeway.  This is typically carried out once a month in conjunction with either a ‘full’ or a ‘new’ moon tide.

Other circumstances in which Council may operate these gates include large rainfall events to alleviate the backing up of storm water in the Moneys Creek system, or to manage dissolved oxygen levels in the lagoon when temperatures are very high and no rainfall is predicted.  These two modes of operation are important for managing infrastructure and for managing the quality of the water in extreme weather conditions.

Council aims to avoid peak times for beach goers, such as school and public holidays and weekends.  The operation of the tide gates does force the closure of the bathing area located on the beachside (eastern side) of the causeway on Moneys Creek outlet.  This area is closed off for safety when tide gates are in operation so please pay attention to the NO SWIMMING signs located throughout this area.

Please note that this timetable is a guide and may be subject to change for example due to climatic variation, environmental conditions and for safety.

Month Opening Closing
January  Monday 23 Wednesday 25
February  Monday 20 Thursday 23
March Monday 20 Thursday 23
April Monday 17 Thursday 20
May Tuesday 16 Thursday 18
June Monday 5 Friday 9
July Monday 17 Thursday 20
August  Monday 14 Thursday 17
September Tuesday 12  Thursday 14
October Tuesday 24 Friday 27
November  Monday 27 Thursday 30
December Monday 4 Friday 8

This tide gate operation timetable has been developed using the Bundaberg (Burnett Heads) Tide Table Copyright of the Bureau of Meteorology. The full tide chart, and relevant disclaimers, can be viewed here.

Please contact Council’s Natural Resource Management Section on 1300 883 699 if further information is required.