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Bundaberg and the Coral Coast region is situated four hours drive to the north of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. With its tropical climate and rich soil, the town has developed a thriving sugar industry, made famous by the manufacture of Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Bundaberg is the only place in Australia where the entire range of sugar production occurs - growing, milling, refining, research and distilling. Not only is Bundy (as it is affectionately referred to) famous for the sweet stuff, the region also lays claim to being the Southern Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, which begins offshore near Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands. Just 14km east of Bundaberg you will also find the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland, at Mon Repos Conservation Park. Guided tours during turtle season provide a unique opportunity to see adult female turtles come ashore to lay their eggs from November to January. Eight weeks later (from January to March), the young hatchings emerge and race to the ocean.
Other notable attractions include the towering sandstone cliffs and caves of Cania Gorge, bush walking trails of Mount Walsh National Park, and the 25 million year old mystery craters near South Kolan.
The region itself provides visitors with a great taste of the Queensland lifestyle, from the wide open streets of Bundaberg City to the many historic country towns, and spectacular natural landscapes that dot the Bundaberg region. Visitors are well catered for with a wide choice of accommodation and shopping, restaurants and eateries, plus a host of impressive visitor attractions. The historic buildings and modern architecture blend seamlessly with a bustling central business district, that is full of parks and gardens, making Bundaberg an attractive provincial capital with a touch of country charm.