The region of Wide Bay Burnett includes the towns of Bundaberg and Hervey Bay and is situated in South-Eastern Queensland. Other towns located in this region are Maryborough and Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island and a popular tourist hot spot. This region borders that of the Sunshine Coast and the Fitzroy region to the north. The Wide Bay Burnett area is also rich in sugar cane farms and mills and has a significant tourist industry, considering the towns it encapsulates. Add to Description →
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The city of Bundaberg lies on the Burnett River, approximately 385 kilometres from the state capital city of Brisbane. It has a population of about 72, 000 and relies heavily on tourism and the local sugar industry for its economy. The city is often referred to as the "Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef" as it lies near the southern end of the reef, between Lady Musgrove and Lady Elliot Islands. These islands and the reefs surrounding them can often be viewed best through aerial photography. Bundaberg has a typical subtropical climate, with temperatures around 30 degrees in summer and around 22 degrees in winter.
Hervey Bay is a rapidly growing city in terms of its population and tourist industry. Its population is around 43, 298 and the city covers an area of approximately 2, 356 square kilometres. The city runs along the shores of the South Pacific Ocean and is quite close to Fraser Island. Hervey Bay was originally a string of small townships stretching along the coast, but recent population growth has changed that situation. The local economy relies heavily on tourism, Hervey Bay being predominantly famous for its whale watching tours.
Another city located with the Wide Bay - Burnett region is the city of Maryborough, founded in the 1840's, which lies approximately 300 kilometres north of Queensland's capital city of Brisbane. With a population of 26, 000, Maryborough relies heavily on its tourism and service industries. Timber products such as frames, laminated beams, palings and treated timber products are one of Maryborough's main sources of income; also the numerous farming and station prospects and healthy fishing industry assist with the economy throughout the city. Maryborough itself is the self-styled Heritage City of Queensland, and has preserved many 19th and 20th century buildings.
Bundaberg, Coral Coast and Country
The city of Bundaberg is located in Queensland, Australia, and lies on the Burnett River, approximately 385 kilometres from the capital city of Brisbane, with a population of about 58, 000. The region Bundaberg, Coral Coast and Country is one of Australia's diverse tourist destinations as it is home to one of wonders of the natural world- the Southern Great Barrier Reef. This region also boasts beautiful beaches and untouched hinterlands, making it a definite favourite for the whole family.
Bundaberg's income relies heavily on the tourism industry, the local sugar industry and commercial fruit and vegetable production. Sugar cane fields are still prominent throughout the entire Bundaberg region, and tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicums, legumes, and watermelons are the more notably grown fruit and vegetables throughout the area. The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is also a local icon and Bundaberg Rum is one of the regions better-known exports.
The tourism industry within Bundaberg is also a heavy income. Bundaberg is known as the "Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef", lying near the southern end of the reef close to Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands. Tourists are also drawn to this area by the pristine weather conditions and divine beaches, which both offer a variety of activities for all types. Bundaberg also offers many acres of beautiful countryside and peaceful scenery to view from the comfort of your own car.
One important landmark in the region of Bundaberg is Mon Repos Beach. This inconspicuous gem is located just 15kms east of Bundaberg city central and is home to the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on Eastern Australia. Every year more and more people flock to this quiet, secluded beach to watch the turtles nest and the emerging turtle hatchlings.
Bundaberg is still located north enough for it to enjoy the subtropical climate. In summer months the temperature usually reaches a high of about 30.3 degrees, while during winter, the temperatures only go as low as 22 degrees, keeping the water cool all year round.