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Located at the mouth of the Burnett River, Burnett Heads provides a range of aquatic activity including boating, sailing clubs and fishing, with rock walls being favourite fishing haunts. Just upstream is Port Bundaberg with its wharves and imposing sugar terminal. Another popular attraction is Oaks Beach and Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, which are within walking distance.

Burnett Shire surrounds Bundaberg and extends from Baffle Creek in the north to Theodolite Creek in the south. The Shire has 92 kilometres of Pacific Ocean coastline. It extends to within 10 kilometres of Gin Gin to the west and 20 kilometres from Childers to the south. The total area of the Shire is 2,004 square kilometres.

The Burnett River is the major topographical feature in the Shire. The Burnett River is named after Surveyor James Charles Burnett, who was commissioned to survey the river by Governor Fitzroy in 1847.

Visitors to the region should take time to discover South Head Parklands at Burnett Heads with its spectacular views of the mouth of the Burnett River. South Head’s has a number of barbeques and shelters and is an easy walks to The Oaks swimming beach, historical lighthouse and Burnett Heads shopping area.

Source: Bundaberg Regional Council

Check out our range of Burnett Heads accommodation, Coral Coast accommodation and Capricorn Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Bundaberg Visitors Centre

Coral Coast Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Maps
Council has available tourism maps for use by visitors and residents within the Burnett Shire. The map provides the full shire area on one side with detailed individual locality maps on the reverse. A distance calculator to various locations nearby is also provided.

These maps are available to tourist operators, visitors and residents within the Shire and can be obtained from Council's Administration Offices at:
160 Hughes Road, Bargara or the
Bundaberg Agency, 42 Quay Street, Bundaberg.

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Burnett Heads Attractions

Oaks Beach
• Named after the once abundant She Oaks, the beach is a baluable nestling location for loggerhead turtle's. Regular monitoring during the season by local volunteers and Mon Repos Turtle Centre. The groyne wall was established as a community project during the 1970's to encourage the build up of sand to replace the gravely beach.
Burnett Heads Heritage Trail — Oaks Beach to the Lighthouses
The trail winds from the Oaks Beach through the former Burnett Heads Pilot Station Reserve, to both Lighthouses, relating the changing role and land tenure of the area. The Trail Starts at Oaks Beach, a valuable nesting location for loggerhead turtles. The trail brochure is available from the Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association Community Website.
Mon Repos Conservation Park
• Freecall: 1800 072 110 (within Australia)
• Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting sea turtles on the east Australian mainland and is one of the two largest loggerhead turtle rookeries in the south Pacific Ocean region.

From November to March, visitors to Mon Repos can witness the fascinating spectacle of nature's annual pilgrimage of sea turtles. This annual event see the adult turtles come ashore to lay eggs on Mon Repos Beach. Approximately eight weeks later, young sea turtles emerge from the eggs and race to the sea.

The best time to see turtles laying eggs is after dark from mid November to February. Hatchlings usually leave their nests to begin their journey to the sea, at night from mid January until late March. If you visit in January you might be lucky enough to see both adults and hatchlings.

Turtles are easily disturbed from their nesting if correct turtle watching guidelines are not followed. Each year more people visit Mon Repos to watch the turtles. To protect nesting turtles and hatchlings, a limit has been set on the number of people allowed access to the beach each night. Visitors are urged to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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Burnett Heads Transport

Transport: National • QLD
Duffy’s City Buses
• 28 Barolin St, BUNDABERG QLD 4670 • Ph: 07 4151 4226 • Fax: 07 4153 3810 • Email
• Servicing the Bundaberg, Bargara, Burnett Heads region for Local Bus Services as well as School Services.

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