Only 200 metres from the motel is the best beach in Bundaberg with 17km of pristine sandy beach-line. The wide esplanade and abundance of natural vegetation make you feel you are miles from civilisation. With waves averaging 0.5 to 1 metre, it is ideal for swimming, surfing, sail-boarding, walking and fishing. It is rated by the Surf Life Saving Australia in the least dangerous category and patrolled by lifesavers throughout school holidays and on weekends during summer months. It is pet-friendly, with many locals and visitors taking the opportunity to walk their dogs along the seashore.
Moore Park Beach is a nesting site for green, flatback and loggerhead turtles in the summer months. They come ashore to lay their eggs in the dark of the night. Nesting season is between November and February each year, with hatching occurring six to eight weeks later. Although there are no organised tours for turtle sightings here at Moore Park Beach, in the mornings you may see turtle tracks where they have come ashore the previous evening. Located near Burnett Heads, the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery has regular guided tours of the hatchery from November to March, when it is possible to see the turtles laying and the hatchlings appear. Bookings from the Bundaberg Region Tourist Information Centre are essential for these tours.
The Moore Park Beach Turtle Monitoring Group
Every evening during the turtle season, members of the Moore Park Beach turtle Monitoring Group patrol our beach to monitor the turtles. You are welcome to join in with their group on the beach.
Remember, turtles are wild creatures and there is never a guarantee of seeing them.
Lagoon Walk & Bird Watching
Are you a bird watcher? The lagoon just one street behind the motel is home to a wide range of birds; it would be so easy to sit for hours in the peace and quiet of the lagoon area, just watching and listening.
Coral Coast Community Cottage
Known as the “Pink House”, this cottage on Pacific Boulevard houses our local information centre and the volunteers love to see visitors and talk about the area. It also houses a free lending library, runs a quilting group for those interested and has locally made craft items for sale.
The Moore Park Sports and Bowls Club just over the road welcomes visitors for a meal at Bistro 21, a drink, maybe a game of bowls, a flutter on the pokies or just a chat with the locals.
Walkway / Bike Track
Take a walk or ride along the boardwalk in Surf Side Park to catch the sea-breeze and see the Pacific Ocean as it rolls in.
The IGA complex on Murdochs Road houses an IGA supermarket, along with the fish’n’chip shop, a hardware store, pharmacy, coffee-shop & bakery, hair salon, Asian Takeaway and a real estate office. Jammin Coffee on the beach near the Surf Club offer coffee 9am – 11.30am Wednesday - Saturday.
The Moore Park Beach Tavern on Murdoch’s Rd is a favourite watering hole for many locals. Don’t take the risk, just call the tavern and take the courtesy bus there and back. Go down for a drink, a meal in their family Bistro, a bet on the TAB, pokies or Keno, or just to socialise.
Let the kids get rid of some of that endless energy they have at the Skate Bowl on the esplanade.
Kids Playground & Park
Opposite the motel is the Lions Park with shaded play areas, gas barbeques, tables & chairs and plenty of room for games with the kids.
The local tennis courts are situated between the Bowls Club and the Esplanade.
With 17kms of beach to explore, beach fishermen should be able to find a gutter holding a feed of fish. Whiting, dart and bream are the main species caught. Flathead are also a prime target particularly at the mouth of the Kolan River to the north and Moore Park Creek to the south. Frozen bait is available at various outlets in Moore Park Beach or try a lure or soft plastic for good results. Boaties can access the Kolan River from the boat ramp on Booyan Road. Don’t forget the crab pots as the Kolan is renowned for the delicious mud crab. Prawns are also present from time to time as are Mangrove Jack, barramundi and salmon, so ask a local what’s biting.
4×4 driving is allowed on the beach both north and south of the township areas. There are 2 access points to find some beaut fishing spots, both estuary and beach fishing. The northern 10 km of the beach is open for 4×4 driving up to the scenic mouth of the Kolan River.
Surf Life Saving Club
Although the Moore Park Surf & Lifesaving clubhouse is no longer operational, the Life guards still operate in the area with a regular contingent of Nippers in the area.
Moore Park Beach Festival of Arts
Every August sees the advent of the Moore Park Beach Festival of Arts, with plenty of entertainment, food and activities for all age groups. Held at the Community Hall, Club Ave, it usually extends down to the beach, with activities for young and old.
The Moore Park Beach Festival of Arts is one of the annual spring highlights of the Wide Bay/Burnett Region’s cultural scene. For three days in August/September you can enjoy a great visual art and photography show, giant kite flying and sand sculpture on the precincts of the Moore Park Beach. www.beachartsfestival.com
Saddle Me Up Trailrides
Saddle Me Up Trail Rides has recently opened in Moore Park Beach, offering horse-riding for all levels of riding competency. They cater for groups of 6 or less, with the minimum ages of 6yo for trail riding & 4yo for a led pony ride.
Trail-rides times, including public holidays, are:
Monday to Thursday: 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm;
Saturday: 12noon, 2pm & 4pm
Sunday: 9am, 11am & 1pm
Bookings are essential, by phone or on their website, www.saddlemeup.com.au.
Moore Park Dining
Moore Park Beach Bowls Club
Just across the road from the motel, the bowls club is open Tuesday to Sunday for evening meals.
Moore Park Beach Tavern (Murdochs Rd)
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, the Tavern offers a courtesy bus Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm.
Seaside Cafe (Sylvan Drive)
Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast & lunch, the cafe also offers dinner Friday and Saturday nights with a BYO Licence.