Don’t be fooled by Bargara’s peace and tranquillity – there is lots to see and do.
Most notable are the nesting sea turtles at neighbouring Mon Repos. From November to March, watch the century-old turtles return to lay their eggs, or marvel at the hatchlings as they make their first journey to the ocean. Nightly Tours can be booked online. Staying in Bargara, you might even be lucky enough to spot a nesting turtle or hatching turtles on one of the many beaches. National Park rangers and volunteers patrol all beaches through the turtle season.
From June to October jump aboard the Lady Musgrave Experience for a whale-watching expedition from neighbouring Burnett Heads and see the majestic humpbacks that cruise past Bargara each year. The unique coastline offers spectacular shore diving and snorkelling or the perfect launchpad to visit the majestic coral clay islands of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot.
Take advantage of being at the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with a day cruise to Lady Musgrave Island or, if you are feeling adventurous, opt for a camping trip to the island (permits required). Spectacular from the air and on the ground, Lady Elliot Island is known around the world as the home of the Manta Ray. Stay for a day or a week in the Eco Resort.
There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied in Bargara, like a guided bike or segue tour. Why not walk or cycle the Turtle Trail that links Kellys Beach, by the Bargara foreshore, to Mon Repos, Oaks Beach and the Burnett Heads Harbour. There is also plenty of fun to be had at our award-winning Turtle Tracks or Christensen Park playgrounds for the kids.
For fitness lovers, visit the Bargara YMCA to keep up your gym sessions or head outdoors to Schuhkraft Park at Neilson’s Park Beach for their outdoor fitness hub. For all ages, it features static fitness equipment, an informal sports area, oceanside walk paths, a climbing frame and a nature-based play area. The basketball rink is popular with young and old. For something with a more relaxed pace, join the magical Saturday morning beachfront Sai Shanti Yoga classes or a Happiness Yoga studio session.
Bargara beaches are ideal for swimming with Lifesavers on patrol at Neilson’s Park Beach and Kellys Beach seasonally. For the surfers – you will know when the ‘surf is up’ as the local grapevine comes alive or visit https://www.facebook.com/pacifique.surfriders/.
Another popular pastime is fishing, with some amazing catches to be had at our shore fishing areas as well as creek and river estuary fishing. Boat ramps are found at Bargara, Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads. Why not join a deep-sea fishing charter with Truansea Fishing & Surfing Charters or Bargara Fishing Charters
Even a game of tennis is available at Neilson’s Beach. Bookings and hire fees payable are to be directed to the Bargara Beach Caravan Park
Bargara is the perfect location to learn and enjoy Stand-Up Paddle boarding or Surfing. From novice through to the most experienced surfer or paddler looking to improve their skills, Keith and the team will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Connect with Keith, Daren and the crew from Enviro-Reefs Paddle and Surf School: https://www.enviro-reefspaddleandsurf.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/pacifique.surfriders/
Thousands of visitors flock to nearby Bundaberg each year to visit our world-famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Bundaberg Ginger Beer Barrel and Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
Bundaberg is home to Kalkie Moon Distillery & Brewery, Bargara Brewing Company, Waterview Distillery and Ohana Cider House & Winery, as well as plenty of other activities and attractions for all ages. Visit https://www.bundabergregion.org/ for more information on what to see and do in the Bundaberg Region.
Make sure you check out our Hinterland gems too.
Bargara is a popular choice for shoppers seeking unique one-of-a-kind wares. From homewares and giftware, fashion accessories and clothing to original art, you can get lost in places like Lorraine’s, Sanshells Boutique, Homeleigh House, Roscoes Shoe Shop, Artisans 4670 and Amandine Lavender.
Bargara Central is a double supermarket centre anchored by Aldi and Woolworths, with a butcher, bakery, newsagent, chemist, bottle shop, hairdressers, Surprise Gifts & Homewares and much more for all your home or holiday needs. The centre is open seven days.
Left your snorkelling, surfing, or diving gear at home? No problems, just visit the friendly team at Bargara Surf Shop in Bauer street.
Keen to uncover a special buy on your stay? A visit to the Salvation Army Store or the Vinnies Store is a perfect way to uncover some fashion treasures.
Love the vibe of a weekend market? A visit to the Paradise Markets at 100 Hughes Road on Sundays will be sure to fill your basket with goodies and good foods!