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Nielson Park Beach

Nielson Park Beach has been popular since the 1900s, with an unofficial lifesaving squad patrolling the beach as early as 1914.

Nielson Park beach is located 13km from Bundaberg, on the north side of Bargara, and consists of the 500m 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.

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 faces north-east and receives waves averaging 0.5 m, with occasional swell arriving from the east. The beach consists of a moderately steep, 50m wide high tide beach, with a 100m wide, low gradient bar exposed at low tide.


Beach Showers
Boat Ramp

Bundaberg SLSC

Photo of Bundaberg SLSC

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.

The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club was officially formed in 1921, although a squad of local swimmers equipped with a reel, line and belt made by a local blacksmith, commenced patrols 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. The club has averaged 22 rescues each year, saving well over 1000 people since its inception.

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 Beach
Fred Courtice Ave, Bargara, QLD, 4670

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