The beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef is no secret, but what are the things you must do when visiting the area?

Despite being just over four hours drive from Brisbane, this area remains relatively undiscovered. The region extends from Bundaberg through the Gladstone region and to the Capricorn Coast. Discover it for yourself!

Explore the Keppel Islands: The stunning Keppel Islands are all so spectacular that we couldn’t pick just one. While Great Keppel Island is the heart of the group, boasting 17 pristine beaches, when you set foot on any of the islands in this region of the reef you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped onto a movie set of sparkling clean ocean and squeaky clean white sand. The water surrounding the islands is protected by fringing reef offering calm seas.

Try your hand at fishing, sea kayaking, snorkelling, water-skiing and tubing. There are also charters, day cruises, sailing adventures and tour options for any budget.

Snorkel off the shore: For those seeking a marine life encounter without venturing too far into the deep blue, there are plenty of world class snorkelling spots only a few metres from shore.

Top spots include the Lady Musgrave Coral Lagoon, Wilson Island Reef and Heron Island. Prepare to be dazzled by the colourful rainbow parrot fish and coral trout!

Cruise through paradise: If you prefer to discover the reef from above the water as opposed to beneath it, there are plenty of cruise options. Choose from a couple of hours cruise over lunch or at dusk or allow more time to unwind and explore with a full-day, half-day or even overnight experience.

Try the 1770 Spirit from Agnes Water or Freedom Fast Cats out of Yeppoon which offer a glass bottom for a fun, underwater viewing experience. If you’re after something more luxurious, check out some of the chartered sail and options available.

Take a hike: Set back from the rocky Capricorn Coast is Byfield National Park which offers a range of sand 4WD and walking tracks. Inland from the coast, you will also find great National Park locations such as Kroombit Tops, Carnarvon Gorge and Cania Gorge.

Food Drive: Some of Australia’s famous food brands call Bundaberg home including Bundaberg Sugar, Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. But most of your food journey will be an exploration down side roads looking for farm gate stalls filled with fresh produce and visiting local shops, markets and cafes to experience what fresh really tastes like.

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