Bundaberg Regional Council

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Bundaberg Regional Council


The Bundaberg Regional Council area is located in the Wide Bay Burnett Region of south-east Queensland. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 6,450 square kilometres. The Bundaberg Regional Council area is predominantly rural, with a large township at Bundaberg, and small towns and villages at Bargara, Burnett Heads, Childers, Coral Cove, Elliott Heads, Gin Gin, Innes Park, Moore Park Beach and Woodgate. Rural land is used largely for forestry, agriculture and horticulture.

The key employment sectors in the Bundaberg Regional Council area are health care, retail trade, agriculture forestry and fishing, education, manufacturing, construction and accommodation and food services. The main health care facility is Bundaberg Hospital, with two private hospitals also in Bundaberg (Mater Hospital Bundaberg and Friendly Society Private Hospital), plus two small regional hospitals at Childers and Gin Gin. The major retail centres are in Bundaberg, including the Bundaberg CBD, Hinkler Central Shopping Centre and Stockland Bundaberg Shopping Centre. Smaller retail centres include Bargara Central Shopping Centre, Northway Plaza Shopping Centre (Bundaberg North), Southside Central Shopping Centre (Walkervale), Stockland Kensington Shopping Centre, the Childers CBD and Childers Shopping Centre. Agricultural industries focus on sugar cane growing, fruit and vegetable growing and cattle grazing. Forestry is also an important industry. Educational facilities are provided at Central Queensland University (Bundaberg Campus), TAFE Queensland East Coast (Bundaberg Campus) and numerous primary and secondary schools. The main industrial areas are located in and around Bundaberg; in the suburbs of Bundaberg East, Bundaberg North, Kensington, Norville, Rubyanna, Svensson Heights and Thabeban, with a sugar mill at Isis Central. Tourism is an important industry, particularly along the coast, with the area being the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Council area is home to the Great Sandy Marine Park, numerous national parks, conservation parks and nature parks, , various beaches, museums and wineries and numerous tourist attractions.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Bruce Highway
  • Isis Highway
  • Childers Road
  • Gin Gin Road
  • Bundaberg Regional Airport
  • Port of Bundaberg
  • Spirit of Queensland train
  • Spirit of the Outback train
  • Tilt Train


  • Brisbane CBD 350km
  • Cairns CBD 1300km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Bundaberg East (south and west)
  • Bundaberg North (south)
  • Isis Central (Isis Central Sugar Mill)
  • Kensington (around Bundaberg Regional Airport)
  • Norville (around Lester Street and Ritchie Street)
  • Norville (south of Thabeban Road)
  • Rubyanna (north)
  • Svensson Heights (south of Dr Mays Road)
  • Thabeban (west)

Bundaberg Regional Council

economic profile