The seed of Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club was a public meeting in December 1913.
A squad of local swimmers (pictured) led by Fred Amos, and equipped with a reel, line and belt made by a local blacksmith, commenced patrols at newly-popular Nielson Park in early 1914. After a few false starts, the club was formally constituted in 1921, making it one of the oldest clubs in country Queensland. With Bargara(newly renamed from Sandhills) a small holiday village, the club was named instead for Bundaberg, from the city 13km inland. Bundaberg SLSC’s March Past Team has been inducted into the Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame, recognising dominance of the event at State and Australian Championships from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Nielson Park was the site of the hugely-popular Railway Picnic.
Starting in 1922 as a day at the beach for railway workers’ and their families, the event grew to a grand day out for all of Bundaberg to ride the Woongarra Branch Line to the sea. A later addition was the Siren of the Surf competition.
Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club is a long-standing part of the Bargara community, ensuring safe swimming at Nielson Park beach for over 90 years. We have a thriving nippers cohort, and participation across ages and disciplines of Surf Sports. The club’s development activities saw us recognised as the Queensland Youth Development Club of the Year 2012.