Bad Yogi City Guide: Bundaberg, Australia
Bundaberg is a sleepy city in the south-east of Queensland, famous for its rum and having the Great Barrier Reef close by. This is a backpackers destination, where many gap-year travellers on a 3 month working visa earn money on the side from fruit picking whilst they enjoy the rum, snorkeling and the partying. Aside from the wild partying in hostels, Bundaberg has a listless bohemian warmth.
This place makes you feel like you want to daydream by the river on an idle summers day whilst gazing up at clouds swimming through the blue. I believe this city is up and coming with the alternative crowd. With free spirited backpackers bringing in tourism, more and more quirky cafes, boutique shops, festivals and all things yoga and holistic are popping up like wildflowers in and around the city.
There are three popular yoga studios within the Bundaberg area. Love Life. Live Yoga offer an array of contemporary yoga for all levels in a beautiful, bright studio space. They even include pregnancy yoga and kids yoga. Peace Within Loft is a small studio space in the heart of Bundaberg, giving high quality classes in yoga, meditation and strength training.
Last but not least Dharma Connection is a Yoga & Wellness Sanctuary that provides a space for quiet reflection in a nurturing environment. A variety of modalities are available that work with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Where to Stay
Kellys Beach Resort With 40 self-contained and standalone holiday units on 5.5 acres of gardens, onsite restaurant, pool, spa, games room, tennis court and more. The Resort is wonderfully located by a nature reserve just one block from Kellys Beach, which is the main swimming beach in Bargara, Bundaberg, so you have the benefit of being close to the beach as well as being protected from the main road by a natural creek & forest area.
Bargara Shoreline Apartments Popular with beach lovers, and golf lovers, these apartments are perfectly located on beautiful Kelly’s Beach at the back door and direct access to “The Basin”, this is a safe swimming and snorkelling area with the picturesque Bargara Golf Course at the front. Ideally located right on the water making for a great place to stay for a relaxing holiday or comfortable home-base for the digital nomad.
Federal Backpackers This is an unassuming hostel with basic features like WiFi, T.V Lounge, a beer garden, kitchen and city views. This is cheap and cheerful for those on a budget or gap-year travelers needing a place to crash and to meet like minded wanderers.
Eat & Drink
Oodies Cafe is a place everyone falls in love with. Oodies is quirky and cozy, ran by two sisters and a lovely team, you feel right at home surrounded by drooping plants, books, walls covered in paintings and vintage bric a brac, a collection of tea spoons, a meerkat statue and an array of lamps of different shapes and sizes.Their delicious vegan cakes, floral herbal teas and thick milkshakes are a must try and they also offer a tasty breakfast and lunch menu.
Go On, Indulge This small main street type restaurant shouldn’t be missed if you are in Bundaberg. It offers a great range of dishes, often simple but different at very reasonable prices. Service can be on the street or in the cafe so it accessible to all. The Tempura Prawns are extremely tasty, with a hint of ginger pickle and aioli. They have a lovely array of cakes too, if you want a sweet treat.
Leaf N Bean Cafe A great place for a snack on the run and their coffee is out of this world, since they crush fresh beans and also have cold drip coffee. Well priced sandwiches, pancakes and eggs benedict are offered alongside health wraps and decadent cakes. Veggie, Vegan and Gluten free options are available.
Start your day venturing to Bargara beach or Woodgate Beach for some much needed sun, sea and surf before heading to the Regional Art gallery to view the latest exhibitions. In the evening head out to The Hummock Lookout, perhaps with a picnic to enjoy the gorgeous sunset.
During your stay, do relish in RiverFeast which is a unique venue in the heart of Bundaberg. Located on the Burnett River, RiverFeast is a popular Friday nightlife spot in the biggest waterfront beer garden in Bundaberg. Transformed from Bundaberg’s old Marine College facility, RiverFeast has a variety street food options, retail outlets, free live entertainment and two bars, stocking local and Australian good craft beers, ciders, spirits and wines. RiverFeast also hosts a number of speciality events including Oktoberfest and the Chili and Lime Fiesta.
Bundaberg also has its own Botanical Gardens that sprawl over 27 hectares of land and feature a variety of 10,000 trees and shrubs. A magnificent lake, creating a habitat attracting up to 114 species of birds, is the centrepiece of the Botanic Gardens, while a wedding chapel, shaded picnic areas, themed boardwalks, Japanese gardens and children’s playground and cafe are also situated within the precinct.
With Bundaberg’s mellow atmosphere rubbing off on you, you’ll go back home daydreaming of Oodies cakes and shakes and beautiful sun kissed memories by the river.