Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Bundaberg and Fraser Coast

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Located 200km north of Brisbane, the Wide Bay Burnett region covers Bundaberg and Fraser Coast. This region is known to have the best whale watching spots in Australia, and it is also home to the beautiful Southern Great Barrier Reef and largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island.

The main urban centre is Bundaberg with a population of about 100,000. It is also internationally known for the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, especially their ginger beer, and Bundaberg Rum. Other urban centres in this region include GympieFraser CoastHervey BayMaryborough, Bundaberg, North Burnett and South Burnett.

Latest in Industry, Business, Tourism and Projects 

For more information about other major projects in the region, see the Department of State Development. The Bundaberg Regional Council also has major projects listed on their website.

Key Industries 

  • Food and agribusiness
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Minerals and mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Education and training
  • Tourism
  • Aviation
  • Food Processing.

For more information about investment and business, please see TIQ Wide Bay Burnett investment opportunities. You can also check out Business Bundaberg and Invest Bundaberg.

Settlement Information

Arriving in a new city and region can be daunting, so it is useful to take advantage of the information which is out there to make the process of settling in easier.    


The largest industry in this region is Health Care and Social Assistance. The area’s horticultural industry is also a major regional employer, economic driver and contributor to Australia’s food security. You can find links to employment opportunities with the Bundaberg Regional Council  and available employment opportunities in the Bundaberg Region on Seek here 


It is advisable to buy a car to get around the region. For transport options to Brisbane, there is a Bundaberg Regional airport which services the region with regular Qantaslink and Alliance Airlines between Bundaberg and Brisbane. There is also the Hervey Bay Airport which has flights to Brisbane, Sydney and local tourist destinations. There are also Tilt train services between Bundaberg and Brisbane, which include RailBus Coach connections to Hervey Bay.

Bus services for the local areas include:


The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools. TAFE East Coast is the largest VET provider in the Fraser Coast area. Central Queensland University (CQU) with a Bundaberg campus, and University of Sunshine Coast (USQ), with a Fraser Coast campus are the two universities in the region which offer highly respected education.

New Arrival Support

Check the local council in your area for new arrival support:

Major Events and Festivals

Cultural and major events happening in and around the region, include:  

To find out more about what’s happening in the area, check out Bundaberg North Burnett websites.

Other Useful links

Links to previous posts in the series: