Milbi Festival Sunset Launch

Milbi Festival 2021 begins with a smoking ceremony as the sun sets over the beach. X Factor winner Dami Im will headline the sunset launch along with a welcome to country and traditional performances.

The Dead Puppet Society March of the Reef performance, food vendors and local musicians will entertain the crowds into the evening.

Date: Friday 29 October

Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Nielson Park Beach, Bargara

Milbi at the Lighthouse

Showstopping entertainment and family fun is the order of the day for Milbi at the Lighthouse. Alex Lloyd and Busby Marou headline the festival inspired line-up, accompanied by fire dancers, local artists, roving entertainers and stilt walkers.

Artisan market stalls featuring local and handmade items will meld with interactive activities and amusement rides. Enjoy something to eat from one of the many food vendors or bring a picnic to enjoy in the shade. A licenced bar will be operating.

Date: Saturday 30 October

Time: 11am - 9pm

Cost: Gold coin donation at the gate

Location: Jack Norgate Oval, Burnett Heads

An Intimate Evening with Gail Mabo

Join curator and artist Gail Mabo for an exclusive event in the stunning surrounds of the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Enjoy a glass of wine and delectable bush tucker inspired canapes, while you listen to Gail speak about her father, Eddie Koiko Mabo, a passionate campaigner for Indigenous Land Rights, and the man behind the landmark Native Title Act.

As co-curator of Legacy: Reflections on Mabo Gail will also take guests on a private tour of the exhibition and discuss how each of the 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in this exhibition has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism, or legacy.

This is going to be an unforgettable evening of art and conversation with a taste of bush tucker. It’s an event not to be missed! Ticket price includes canapes and two drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks are no cost.

Date: Saturday 30 October

Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: $80 | includes canapes and drinks package | 18+ event

Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin St

In Conversation: Artist Talk with Gail Mabo

Join Gallery Director Rebecca McDuff in conversation with Gail Mabo about the outstanding Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

In this free and informative event, Gail will speak about her role as co-curator of the exhibition, and the process of bringing together 25 Indigenous and non-indigenous artists to celebrate the historic achievements of her father, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Date: Sunday 31 October

Time: 10.30 - 11.30am

Cost: Free, bookings essential

Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin St

Milbi Tucker + Tunes

The sounds of Busby Marou and the flavours of traditional, native produce will delight the senses at this laidback and unique event. With historic Fairymead House as your backdrop relax on rolling green lawns and soak up the tranquillity of Bundaberg’s glorious Botanic Gardens as you enjoy your hamper.

Casual seating, including chairs, picnic tables and picnic rugs will be available. This is a licenced event with drinks available for purchase on the day.

Date: Sunday 31 October

Time: 2 - 6pm

Cost: $89 | includes food hamper. Drinks available for purchase.

Location: Fairymead House back garden, Thornhill St

David Gulpilil Film Retrospective

This year marks fifty years since movie audiences first experienced the onscreen talent and charisma of one of Australia’s greatest actors, David Gulpilil AM. As an actor, dancer, storyteller, educator and painter, Yolngu man David Gulpilil’s place in the history of Australian film can’t be overstated. A film festival held over five days, choose to watch one or all of these incredible films.

- Walkabout | Rated M, 101 mins

- My Name is Gulpilil | Rated M, 120 mins

- Ten Canoes | Rated M, 92 mins

- Storm Boy | Rated G, 88 mins

- The Tracker | Rated M, 98 mins

Date: Sunday 31 October - Thursday 4 November

Time: 10am and 6.30pm daily, plus 4pm Sunday 31 October

Cost: $10 each screening | $30 five-session pass

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre,  177 Bourbong St

Milbi Tours

Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tour

The Taribelang people have been in the Bundaberg Region for over 60,000 years, with stories passed down from Elders of sacred sites across the region. Join Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tours to immerse yourself in the richness of our country and culture. Your tour hosts, guided by our Elders past and present, will share with you places of cultural significance, traditional skills and language, in a half day interpretive tour of the Bundaberg Region. An Indigenous-inspired morning tea will be provided.

Date: Monday 1, Thursday 4 and Saturday 6 November

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Cost: Adult $59 | Pensioner $49 | Child $39

Location: 53 Perry Street, North Bundaberg

Wetlands Walk

Explore the wetlands of Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park during a one hour morning walk with Council’s Natural Areas team and Nev Cappell from BirdLife Bundaberg. Learn about the many birds and animals that call the unique wetlands of Baldwin Swamp home.

Date: Tuesday 2 November

Time: 8 - 9am

Cost: Free

Location: Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park

Rockpool Ramble

Discover your local rocky shore from the perspective of your experienced naturalist guide. Head out for a rockpool ramble and learn more about the marine life that call the Bargara coastline home.

Date & Time: Monday 1 November, 10.30 - 11.30am

Wednesday 3 November, 12 - 1pm

Friday 5 November, 3.15 - 4.15pm

Cost: $15pp

Location: Nielson Park Beach Surf Club

Citizen Scientist Snorkel Tour

Don your snorkels and join local Master Reef Guide Natalie Lobartolo in this underwater exploration of local reefs and marine creatures living just below the surface. Learn more about different coral species and the array of life they support. Discover simple ways in which you can become a citizen scientist and contribute to the ongoing monitoring of coral health along the region’s coastline.

Date: Sunday 7 November

Time: 7.30 - 11am

Cost: $40pp or $65pp including gear hire and morning tea

Location: Barolin Rocks

Story Walk Tours

Tales of murder, mystery and mayhem are uncovered in this one-hour walking tour of the Bundaberg CBD. Join our guides as they weave through laneways and buildings to uncover our fascinating past. Tickets essential!

Date: Saturday 6 November

Time: 10am and 11am

Cost: $15pp

Location: Depart from Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Park

Milbi Kids in the Park

Join us at Lake Ellen for a shell-ebration designed especially for our youngest residents. Milbi Kids in the Park will feature free turtle themed activities for children aged up to 5 years, as we talk, read, sing and play. Find out more about our local freshwater turtles and join in the eye spy scavenger hunt adventure.

This event is proudly support by First 5 Forever, an initiative of the Queensland Government, coordinated by State Library of Queensland and delivered in partnership with local government.

Date: Monday 1 November

Time: 9.30 - 10.30am

Cost: Free

Location: Lake Ellen, Baldwin Swamp Environment Park

Turtle Hour

Residents and businesses are called on to flick the switch in support of the turtles for which the Bundaberg Region is world-renowned. Turtle Hour is now an annual event, given the ecological significance of turtles nesting in our region.

Anyone interested in being part of Turtle Hour can easily get involved. Simply turn off your lights from 7.30 – 8.30pm on 2 November 2021. The event is hosted in support of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Reducing Urban Glow initiative.

To find out more about what Council is doing to reduce urban glow, how you can get involved and to track light glow in our region, visit

Date: Tuesday 2 November

Time: 7.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Online community event

Turtley Interactive

How much do you know about turtles? Do you know how special Mon Repos is? Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting populations in the South Pacific Region.

Learn from Dr Col Limpus, Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Environment and Science. Hear about the unique journey marine turtles embark on from nesting to hatchling and the battle to survive in the big blue. Admission is free, however you will still need to register your attendance.

Date: Thursday 4 November

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, 177 Bourbong St

Sunset Eats + Beats at Riverfeast

The Bundaberg Region’s marine history meets laidback beer garden vibes at this unique venue. Formerly a Marine College, the riverside precinct will come alive with entertainment and seafood inspired delights. Welcome in the weekend as the sun sets over the Burnett River with special guest entertainment Madison Kat.

Date: Friday 5 November

Time: 5 - 10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Riverfeast, 1A Scotland St

Milbi Gala Ball

Graceful dancers twirling across the dancefloor will emulate the movement of the ocean in this Under the Sea charity event. Ball gowns and bow ties will meld with the creatures of the deep as you step inside an extravagant underwater oasis.

Dine and dance the night away as you are entertained by comedian and 2014 Deadly Funny National Grand Final winner Steph Tisdell and 6-piece band Funky Monkeys. Participate in the fundraising raffle and auction held in support of the Sea Turtle Alliance and the important work the group does to protect our Milbi.

Date: Saturday 6 November

Time:  Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start

Cost: $150 | includes canapes, two-course meal and drinks package. Premium drinks available for purchase on the night.

Location: Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre

Tangaroa Blue Beach Clean Up

Join the Tangaroa Blue Beach Clean Up and help prevent marine debris entering the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Help clean our beautiful beaches, leaving our natural areas pristine. Bring your friends and walk away knowing you’ve made a difference to the amount of pollution entering our ocean. No prior experience is necessary, our friendly team will assist you with everything you need to know on the day.

Please wear enclosed shoes, bring sun protection and your own refillable water bottle. All equipment and drinking water will be provided. This is a free COVID Safe event, therefore volunteers are required to register.

Date: Saturday 6 November

Time: 1 - 5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Elliott Heads Beach

Milbi at Mon Repos

Join us for the official launch of the turtle season! Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and is home to the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. 

Bundaberg Regional Council, together with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Gidarjil Development Corporation extend an invitation to celebrate the beginning of our turtle season with First Nations performances, yarns and bush tucker, showcasing the importance of the Milbi to our First Nations People and how the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and local community are integral to the conservation of the incredible marine species.

Date: Sunday 7 November

Time: 2 - 5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, 141 Mon Repos Rd

Milbi Festival logo and elements created by artist and designer
Rachael Sarra (Goreng Goreng/Taribelang).