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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. These being 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, 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.
Beach Length: 0.5km
General Hazard Rating: 3/11

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Natural shade
Artificial shade
Toilets Block M/F
Mobile Phone Coverage
Change Rooms
Caravan park
Public phone
Skate park
Bike path


Camping Prohibited
No Littering
No Trailbikes
No Dogs Allowed


Slippery rocks
Submerged Objects
Strong Currents


SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.