Beach Bargara is part of the string of holiday settlements that fringe the Bundaberg coast from Burnett Head south to Elliott Heads. Bargara is fringed by four beaches; Nielson Park to the north which is the home of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, the small Bargara Beach in the centre and Kellys Beach to the south, which consists of two parts and is also patrolled by lifeguards during peak periods.Nielson Park beach (1501) is located 13 km from Bundaberg, on the north side of Bargara, and consists of the 500 m long beach fringed at either end by extensive basalt rock flats, which at low tide contain large tidal pools. A groyne has been built across the northern end of the beach to retain the sand over the underlying rocks, dividing the beach into two sections. Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club is situated behind the southern section of Nielson Park beach, which contains 250 m of sandy usable beach from the groyne to the basaltic rock flat at the southern corner of the beach. The beach is backed by a wide, palm-lined foreshore reserve, that also contains the large Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, a picnic area and extensive parking. Across the road from the reserve is a large caravan park. The beach has been popular since the 1900's, with an unofficial lifesaving squad patrolling the beach as early as 1914. The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club was officially formed here in 1921. Since then the lifesavers have averaged 22 rescues each year, saving well over 1000 people in all.The beach faces north-east and receives waves averaging 0.5 m, with occasional swell arriving from the east. The beach consists of a moderately steep, 50 m wide high tide beach, with a 100 m wide, low gradient bar exposed at low tide.
Swimming Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach are relatively safe for swimming under normal conditions. However, care must be taken on all beaches near the rocks and especially if swimming in the tidal pools on a rising tide. Higher waves also induce rips against the groynes and rocks on all the beaches. The safest and best locations are at the two patrolled beaches, with best conditions at mid to high tide.
Surfing Usually low beach breaks, with occasional swell waves.
Fishing Best over the rock flats at high tide.
General Nielson Park and Bargara have well laid-out and maintained beaches and reserves, ideally suited to daytrippers and visitors in the caravan park. Kellys Beach is more given over to residential and holiday homes, with a beachfront resort and a caravan park at the northern end.