25 Oct - 3 Nov 2024


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The Gathering - Living Anthology

A unique, conversation-style storytelling experience, where you loan a person, instead of a book… Five human books will be available for loan across two sessions, with attendees selecting two titles on arrival.

With ‘books’ from all walks of life, the Living Anthology invites people to delve into a captivating collection of human stories and embark on an enlightening journey you might not usually have the chance to experience.

Sunday 29 October
10 – 11.30 am and 12.30 – 2 pm
Gallery Park, Barolin St
Free | Bookings essential

Lunchtime Live

Join us in the heart of the city each weekday during Milbi Festival as emerging performers from around the Bundaberg Region soundtrack your lunch break with an hour of live music!

On Friday evening, the artists you’ve heard throughout the week will converge on the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre stage for a free Milbi Showcase Concert.

Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November
12 – 1 pm daily
CBD Pavilion

Milbi Showcase Concert

You’ve seen them perform in the CBD all week as part of Lunchtime Live, now join this collection of talented local musicians as they come together for an exclusive Milbi Festival showcase!

Witness Bevan Spiers, Keeley Ellen, Marah Leigh and Meleane Havea take to the stage with a mix of covers and original music. Come along and support some truly wonderful homegrown talent.

Friday 3 November
7 – 8 pm
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Free | Bookings required

The Gathering - Living Anthology

A unique, conversation-style storytelling experience, where you loan a person, instead of a book… Five human books will be available for loan across two sessions, with attendees selecting two titles on arrival.

With ‘books’ from all walks of life, the Living Anthology invites people to delve into a captivating collection of human stories and embark on an enlightening journey you might not usually have the chance to experience.

Sunday 29 October
10 – 11.30 am and 12.30 – 2 pm
Gallery Park, Barolin St
Free | Bookings essential

Lunchtime Live

Join us in the heart of the city each weekday during Milbi Festival as emerging performers from around the Bundaberg Region soundtrack your lunch break with an hour of live music!

On Friday evening, the artists you’ve heard throughout the week will converge on the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre stage for a free Milbi Showcase Concert.

Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November
12 – 1 pm daily
CBD Pavilion

Milbi Showcase Concert

You’ve seen them perform in the CBD all week as part of Lunchtime Live, now join this collection of talented local musicians as they come together for an exclusive Milbi Festival showcase!

Witness Bevan Spiers, Keeley Allen, Marah Leigh and Meleane Havea take to the stage with a mix of covers and original music. Come along and support some truly wonderful homegrown talent.

Friday 3 November
7 – 8 pm
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Free | Bookings required

Milbi Twilight Table

Set within an enchanting light tunnel amidst the tranquil beauty of Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, join us for a long table twilight dining experience like no other.

Savor a sumptuous three-course dinner that will tantalise your taste buds. On the menu is a delightful fusion of native flavours and the finest local produce. As delicious as it is captivating, feast your eyes on the immersive outdoor cooking experience courtesy of Yagoona BBQs, as dishes are created right before your eyes.

Be serenaded by festival favourite Danny Faifai, whose melodies will set the mood for this elegant soirée. And when the plates are cleared, join us on the dance floor for a night of celebration.

Milbi Twilight Table promises an evening of refined dining, entertainment, and dancing under the stars. Don't miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable experience.

Saturday 28 October
5.30 – 9.30 pm
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
$89 per person | includes beverage package

Sunset Sounds

Get ready for an unforgettable riverside soirée as Australian music sensation Pete Murray graces us with his soulful tunes for Sunset Sounds!

Join us for an evening of entertainment nestled along the picturesque banks of the Burnett River with the Riverfeast vibe we all know and love.

Before Pete sweeps us off our feet, Indie-electro-pop sensation Caravãna Sun will ignite the stage with an explosive live performance, and the enchanting vocals of indie-pop queen JaZZella and Chris Ah Gee will serenade you under the stars.

To satisfy both your musical cravings and your taste buds, we've got delectable food vendors to tantalise your senses and a fully stocked bar available for purchase to keep the good times flowing.

Mark your calendars, grab your tickets and join us for this riverside extravaganza, a must-do during this year’s Milbi Festival.

Saturday 4 November
5 - 9 pm
RiverFeast - 1A Scotland St
$49 per person

Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours

Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours is an immersive Indigenous experience unique to the Bundaberg region, sharing rich history and culture of the Taribelang people who have lived on Country for more than 60,000 years.

Taribelang Bunda guides Bec and Nigel take guests on a journey through time, sharing local Aboriginal culture and history that has been passed on from generation to generation.

Throughout the half-day tour, guests will taste local bush tucker, learn how traditional artefacts such as the boomerang were used in daily life, and experience a genuine connection to the land while visiting sites of significance across the region.

Developed with the Taribelang Bunda Elders, the tour offers a unique opportunity for open conversation and connection through awareness, brought through friendship and inclusivity. This cultural and historical half-day tour is exclusive to the Bundaberg region and is a moving introduction to the region's vibrant Indigenous culture.

Saturday 28 October, Tuesday 31 October and Saturday 4 November
9.30 am – 1.30 pm
TAC Office, Perry Street, North Bundaberg
$69 per person

Bundy Belle River Cruise

Sit back and relax onboard the iconic river ferry the Bundy Belle.

As you wind your way down the Burnett River enjoy historic commentary including the local indigenous stories as told by the Taribelang Bunda peoples regarding the river’s colourful history.

9.30 – 11 am | Sunday 29 October
3.30 – 5 pm | Wednesday 1 November
Riverside Parklands Pontoon 3, Quay Street
$40 per person

Reefside Sounds

This unique Milbi Festival experience is a fusion of environment, culture, live performance and food on the Great Barrier Reef!

In an epic day on the water, enjoy snorkelling with the resident turtles, colourful corals and abundant marine life via LMHQ pontoon, a world class facility permanently moored in the calm turquoise waters of Lady Musgrave Island’s Coral Cay lagoon.

For those that prefer to stay dry, experience the wonders of the reef from LMHQ's large underwater observatory with floor to ceiling glass panels.

Picture yourself soaking up the melodies, chilling on a sun-lounger, overlooking the Great Barrier Reef while you enjoy a cold drink and gourmet buffet lunch.

 This intimate live music session on the reef features the melodic sounds of indie-folk duo JC & The Tree supported by folk duo Brook St.

Tickets include return transfers to Lady Musgrave HQ, buffet lunch, snorkelling equipment hire, live music, Master Reef Guide presentation, cultural performance and talk and grazing tables for morning and afternoon tea.

Sunday 5 November
7 am – 5.30 pm
Bundaberg Port Marina, Burnett Heads
GA $285 per person | VIP $385 per person (inclusions outlined on booking page)

Monsoon Aquatics Experience

Explore the wonder and beauty of a coral reef with Monsoon Aquatics as they take you on a tour of their coral farm.

In this rare opportunity, see how they pioneer ground-breaking research on coral propagation and spawning while experiencing an up-close look at the magic that lies beneath the surface of our oceans right here in the Bundaberg Region.

Monsoon Aquatics are a world leading supplier or premium hand-picked Australian coral and marine life.

Tuesday 31 October and Saturday 4 November
10 – 11 am
Monsoon Aquatics, 145 Buss St, Burnett Heads
Adults $15 | Child $10 (ages 10+)

Hatch Art Trail

Ready to explore? Embark on the Hatch Art Trail at Mon Repos in search of artistically created milbi eggs!

Created by talented locals from around the region, Hatch Art Trail is a free, fun and inclusive event for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

Trail maps will be available during the festival to help you locate all 20 larger than life eggs installed throughout the Mon Repos Conservation Park. You can even vote for your favourite egg design for your chance to win a prize!

Brought to you by Wide Bay Kids, Kate Victoria Creative, Happy Hearts of Bundaberg and Bundaberg Regional Council.

Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November
Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Milbi + Meebar: Culture on Canvas

You’re invited into the TAC workshop area to get in touch with your creative side, have some fun and create your own piece of art.

You will be guided and supported through your painting process by traditional owner and Taribelang Bunda artist, Geoff Sellman.

This session will focus on creations inspired by milbi (freshwater turtle) and meebar (saltwater turtle), two of our Taribelang Bunda totems, to coincide with Milbi Festival.

Enjoy food and drink (both BYO) as you paint and hear stories of local culture and the Bundaberg Region. No painting experience required.

Friday 27 October 6 pm
Saturday 28 October 6 pm
Sunday 29 October 11 am
Monday 30 October 10 am

TAC Office, Perry Street, North Bundaberg
$69 per person

Lady Elliot Island: Marine Biologist for a Day

Head on out to Lady Elliot Island and spend the day with a qualified Master Reef Guide, snorkel with turtles, contribute to citizen science and data collection, and learn about the marine life that inhabits the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy a gorgeous 25 min scenic flight en route to Lady Elliot Island. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our Master Reef Guide and given a brief island orientation tour before heading out for a guided glass bottom boat and snorkel tour.

Here you will spend your time documenting the marine life you see which will likely include brilliantly coloured fish, turtles, dolphins, reef sharks and our resident manta rays.

After working up an appetite, enjoy a buffet lunch served in the beachfront dining room.

Your Master Reef Guide will assist you in submitting the valuable data collected on your snorkel to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This data is critical for the decision making and future of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the afternoon enjoying the island at your own leisure before departing on another scenic flight home.

Thursday 2 November – Saturday 4 November
8 am – 5 pm daily
Lady Elliot Island
$620 Adult | $480 Child (3 - 12 yrs)

Coral Conversations

Dive into the mesmerising world beneath the waves as we explore the intricate balance of life in our oceans.

In this enlightening and family friendly presentation, our guest speakers will take you on a journey to uncover the hidden wonders of coral, the importance of these colourful ecosystems for our planet's wellbeing and how we can all play a part in helping protect our coral reefs.

Wednesday 1 November
11 am – 12.30 pm
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Free | Bookings required

The Last Daughter: Screening and Q&A

We are excited to be joined by filmmaker Brenda Matthews for a screening her powerful documentary The Last Daughter.

Brenda Matthews’ first memories are of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later she feels disconnected from both halves of her life, and the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried, so she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact.

The Last Daughter is a documentary about Brenda’s journey to unearth the truth about her past and to reconcile the two sides of her family. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Brenda and foyer book signing.

Thursday 2 November
6 – 7.30 pm
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Free | Bookings required

Rockpool Ramble

Discover the secret lives of curious marine creatures that live in our local rockpools at Nielson Park Beach.

Join us as we search for camouflaged crabs, mighty molluyscs and slippery sea squirts and learn about their fascinating lives while enjoying an afternoon tea snack pack.

Saturday 28 October
1:15 – 2.30 pm and 2 – 3.15 pm
Nielson Park Beach (North)
$15 per person | Includes snack pack

Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation

In this free documentary screening, a cast of young marine explorers take us on an immersive journey into life on the Great Barrier Reef, during a summer of love.

Featuring stunning footage of coral spawning, fish breeding, birds and turtles returning to islands to nest, we celebrate the reef in a time of renewal and change. Narrated by actress Brooke Satchwell, featuring Lucas Handley and Madison Stewart.

Tuesday 31 October
6 – 7 pm
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Flyways: The untold journey of migratory shorebirds

The story of Australia’s migratory shorebirds is truly inspiring. Each year these birds fly from coastal feeding sites to the Arctic to breed in the northern hemisphere summer. In Australia, these precious sites are under threat, even in protected Ramsar sites.

In this free screening of the ABC documentary Flyways, learn about these fascinating birds, how they navigate and manage these incredible feats of endurance.

Monday 30 October
10 – 11.30 am
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Learn to Surf

Whether you're determined to get up on that first wave, a group of friends or family wanting a personal surfing experience, or an experienced surfer wanting feedback on your technique, this hour long surfing lesson with a dedicated coach will have you catching waves in no time!

Sunday 29 October (SOLD OUT) and Saturday 4 November
8.30 – 9.30 am and 10 – 11 am
Nielson Park Beach
$20 per person

Tangaroa Blue Beach Clean Up

Join the Tangaroa Blue for their annual beach clean up to help prevent marine debris entering the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Make a positive difference to our natural areas by helping clean our beaches, reducing pollutants that would otherwise end up in the ocean and put our marine life in harm’s way.

Thursday 2 November
10 am – Noon
Turtle Park, The Esplanade, Bargara

Stories from the Beach and Tales of Dark Skies Tour

Join the Sea Turtle Alliance to delve into the world of turtles and how you can help save the species.

Sunday 5 November
9.30 – 10 am and 1.15 – 1.45 pm
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Free | Bookings required

Discover Mon Repos Tour

Join the Rangers from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and journey through bush trails and beach as you learn about the unique flora and fauna, the marvels of inventor Bert Hinkler and turtle conservation efforts led by Dr. Col Limpus.

Sunday 5 November
10.15 – 10.45 am
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Free | Bookings required

Turtle Encounter Tour

Hear tales from the beach and discover what occurs under the stars during nesting season in this guided discussion by a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Ranger.

Sunday 5 November
11 – 11.30 am and 12 – 12.30 pm
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Free | Bookings required

Traditional Knowledge Tour

Join Gidarjil's Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers and take a walk through the Mon Repos Conservation Park to explore the native flora and fauna and learn about the cultural significance of our Milbi and Mon Repos.

Sunday 5 November
11 – 11.30 am, 12 – 12.30 pm and 1 – 1.30 pm
Mon Repos Turtle Centre
Free | Bookings required

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