Milbi Festival Sunset Launch

Milbi Festival 2022 begins with a smoking ceremony as the sun sets over the Nielson Park Beach.

Emily Wurramara will headline the sunset launch along with a welcome to country and traditional performances.

Image and video: River Nations Indigenous Corporation

Date: Friday 28 October

Time: 5 - 6.30pm

Location: Nielson Park Beach, Bargara

Cost: Free

Breakfast at the Zoo

Join us for a unique breakfast experience and community yarn up and shared with some of the animals that call Alexandra Park Zoo home.

Enjoy entertainment and a coffee and BBQ breakfast while listening to our passionate zookeepers host discussions about our animals including Elsey the endangered white throated snapping turtle, found only in the Burnett, Mary, Fitzroy and Raglan rivers.

Date: Saturday 29 October

Time: 7.30 - 9.30am

Location: Alexandra Park Zoo, Quay Street

Cost: Free

Ocean Sounds: A Lady Musgrave Experience

Enjoy luxury catered transfers to Lady Musgrave HQ located in the pristine lagoon of Lady Musgrave Island.

In this truly unique experience we will bring you a cultural and culinary immersion of all things Lady Musgrave while floating on the magical lagoon located in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Your journey starts with a drink on arrival, entertainment, grazing table and luxury transfer on Reef Express, a 35ft catamaran followed by a brief cultural lagoon tour.

The main event will see you enjoy a 2.5 hour canape and beverage package while listening to coastal tunes of Australian artists JC and the Tree, and Jack Botts supported by Brown Suga.

On the return transfer you will be treated to a dessert grazing table.

Date: Saturday 29 October

Time: 10.30am - 6pm

Location: Lady Musgrave HQ on the Lady Musgrave Lagoon

Cost: $250

Milbi Tucker + Tunes

Tucker + Tunes will revisit the native flavours and earthy beats that made last year’s event a crowd favourite of Milbi Festival.

Straight off the back of his European Summer tour, this year’s headline artist Kim Churchill will bring his dynamic stage presence to the lawns of Fairymead House as guests dine on a delicious canapes style menu by the Taribelang Aboriginal Corporation and enjoy an afternoon dancing into the sunset.

Date: Sunday 30 October

Time: 2 - 6pm

Location: Fairymead House, 30 Thornhill Street Bundaberg

Cost: $89 (includes canapes. Drinks available for purchase.)

Galleries Exhibition: Emergence

Emergence is a celebration of emerging arts practice by young First Nations people from the Bundaberg Region. 

Curated by Taribelang artist Dylan Sarra in collaboration with Bundaberg Regional Galleries, this pop-up exhibition is a showcase of work created over a four-week immersive period in two key secondary schools – Kepnock State High School and North State High School.

Image: Sierra Hughes, Year 7, Collagraph on Fabriano paper.
“The spiral is like cultural knowing. It starts off small and expands and grows… like a spark that gets bigger the more you work it.”

Date: 21 October - 20 November

Time: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm and Sat - Sun 10am – 2pm

Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin Street

Cost: Free

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

A beautifully observed, humorous and poignant play, experience Ray Lawler’s much-loved stage performance of two Queensland cane cutters who for 16 years worked up north in the brutal sugar cane fields and travelled back to Melbourne for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends.

A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End, this new production of the iconic Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be directed by award winning Denny Lawrence and a must see when it graces the Moncrieff stage.

Date: Tuesday 1 November

Time: 7.30 - 10pm

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: Adult $49 | Concession $45 | Under 25y $20 | Group 6+ $40

Cocktails + Canapes: Kalki Moon’s 5th Anniversary

Pairing Bundaberg’s rich indigenous culture and passionate artisan distillers, join us at Kalki Moon Distillery, for an evening of Water St Kitchen catered canapes and cocktails with music by Tim Spargo in celebration of the release of their exclusive five year anniversary gin.

Designed by award-winning, modern indigenous artist and proud Kalkadoon woman Chern'ee Sutton, spend an evening savouring the tastes of botanical flavours served from an exquisite, limited edition bottle created to showcase Kalki Moon's journey and connection to country. Guests will have first option to purchase a bottle before a limited number are released to the public the following day.

Date: Thursday 3 November

Time: 6 - 9pm

Location: Kalki Moon Distilling Company

Cost: $100 (includes canapes and two cocktails) 

Sunset Eats + Beats

Join the Ballistic Bargara team at The Brewhouse for a family friendly event which will turn up the beats with Raw Ordio and their electronic vibe entertaining guests as you enjoy samples of Milbi Festival inspired pizzas and Ballistic’s exclusive Milbi beer.

Date: Friday 4 November

Time: 5 - 9pm

Location: The Brewhouse, 10 Tantitha Street

Cost: $25 (food included. Kids U6 free. Drinks available for purchase.)

Milbi Gala Ball

Ball gowns and bow ties meld with the creatures of the deep as you step inside this extravagant underwater oasis.

A Milbi Festival favourite, dine and dance the night away as you are entertained by a dance performance and six piece Gold Coast band The Accidents.

Participate in the fundraising raffle and auction held in support of the important work taking place to protect our ocean and Milbi.

Ticket includes canapes, mains and dessert and drinks package.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Time: Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start

Location: Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Ave

Cost: $150 (includes welcome cocktail, canapes, two course meal and drinks package. Premium drinks available for purchase.)

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Milbi @ 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. 

Drawing inspiration from the local landscape and cultural heritage of the Bundaberg region, onlookers will also be treated to Fashions by the Sea. Presented by the Marnock Sisters, this fashion show features exclusive Indigenous textile designs that reflect the connections to land, sea and culture.

Celebrate the beginning of our turtle season with First Nations performances, entertainment and light refreshments as we showcase 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.

Looking to make a day of it? The Mon Repos Turtle Centre will be open from 9am to 5pm with activities and tours throughout the day. More details below.

Image: River Nations Indigenous Corporation

Date: Sunday 6 November

Time: 2 - 5pm

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Road

Cost: Free


Milbi Dreaming Stone Painting

In this children’s event, join local First Nations artist Lili Jacobsen from Wattle Woman for a storytelling session where we will paint the journey of the Milbi (turtle) on dreaming stones. This is a great opportunity to teach children of our community the significance of visual storytelling in our First Nations Peoples culture. By telling the story of our sacred milbi who journey to our local Mon Repos beach we build a greater understanding and connection to our beautiful country and nature.

Date: Saturday 29 October and Saturday 5 November

Time: 10 – 11.30am and 12 – 1.30pm both days

Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Park, 1 Barolin Street

Cost: $10 (5-18yrs)

Stand Up Paddle Board Class

Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding with a fully trained instructor at Kelly’s Beach Lagoon. In a small group setting, learn the skills and techniques to confidently stand up, balance, turn and paddle around while enjoying the lovely Bargara esplanade.

Dates: Saturday 29 October and Sunday 6 November

Times: 9 - 10am and 10.15 - 11.15am both days

Location: Kelly’s Beach Lagoon

Cost: $25

Bundy Belle Experience

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.

Dates: Sunday 30 October and Wednesday 2 November

Times: 9.30 – 11am

Location: Riverside Parklands Pontoon, 3 Quay Street

Cost: $32.50 (includes an Indigenous inspired morning)

Learn to Surf Class

Whether you’re determined to get up on that first wave, a group of friends or family wanting your own 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.

Dates: Sunday 30 October and Saturday 5 November

Times: 9 - 10am and 10.15 - 11.15am both days

Location: Neilsons Beach, Fred Courtice Avenue, Bargara  

Cost: $25

Taribelang Bunda Cultural Tour

The Taribelang Bunda 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.

Dates: Saturday 29 October, Tuesday 1 November and Saturday 5 November

Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm

Location: TAC Office, 53-55 Perry St, North Bundaberg

Cost: $69 (includes an Indigenous-inspired morning tea)

Turtle Hour

Residents and businesses are called on to flick the switch during Turtle Hour in support of the turtles for which the Bundaberg Region is world-renowned.

Anyone interested in being part of the annual event can easily get involved. Simply turn off your lights from 7 – 8pm on 31 October. This event is hosted in support of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Reducing Urban Glow initiative.

To find out more about the ecological significance of turtles nesting in our region and how you can track light glow in our region, visit

Date: Monday 31 October

Time: 7 -8pm

Location: Your house or business

Cost: Free

Turtle-y 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.

Date: Monday 31 October

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: Free (registration required)

Emergence: Private Gallery Tour

Two special guided tours of Emergence will be hosted by Gallery Director, Rebecca McDuff, as part of Milbi Festival.

Tour participants will enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments as they enjoy intimate after-hours access to the Gallery space.  As well as hearing the background to the exhibition and the process behind its development, guests will have the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the young artists involved.

Dates: Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 November

Time: 6.30 – 8pm

Location: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 1 Barolin Street

Cost: $10 (includes beverage on arrival)

All Things Coral with Monsoon Aquatics

Explore the wonder and beauty of the 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 and experience 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 of premium hand-picked Australian coral and marine life.

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2022 and Thursday 3 November 2022

Time: Tues 10 – 10.45am, Thurs 10 – 10.45am and 3.45 – 4.30pm

Location: Monsoon Aquatics, 145 Buss Street, Burnett Heads

Cost: $15 Adult | $10 Student (10 yrs+)

Screening of Regenerating Australia

Join us for a free screening of Regenerating Australia - a short documentary raising awareness about our community and actions that can benefit both the region and the world followed by a guest panel discussion.

The film is based on a four month interview process with a group of Australians who look back on the past decade and share their hopes and dreams for the country’s future.

Date: Wednesday 2 November

Time: 11am - Noon

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Cost: Free (registration required)

Tangaroa ReefClean Beach Clean Up

Join the Tangaroa ReefClean Beach Clean Up and help keep our beautiful beaches pristine.

Bring your family and friends along to this important beach clean-up event and walk away knowing you have made a difference in reducing the amount of marine debris entering our ocean!

Date: Thursday 3 November

Time: 10am - Noon

Location: Oaks Beach Foreshore, Burnett Heads

Cost: Free (registration required)

Stories from the Beach, Tales of Dark Skies Tour

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

Date: Sunday 6 November

Times: 9.30 - 10am and 1.30 - 2pm

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos

Cost: Free (registration required)

Discover Mon Repos Tour

From the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, you will journey South along the trails and back via the beach.

Along the way you will learn about the unique flora and fauna, the marvels of inventor Bert Hinkler and turtle conservation efforts led by Dr Col Limpus.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Time: 10 - 10.30am

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos

Cost: Free (registration required)

Turtle Encounter Tour

Join a ranger or volunteer guide in the Turtle Tales Theatre and hear stories from the beach and discover the magic that occurs under the stars during nesting season.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Times: 11 - 11.30am and 1 - 1.30pm

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos

Cost: Free (registration required)

Traditional Knowledge Tour

Join Des Purcell, a proud Taribelang man and Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger and take a walk through the Mon Repos Conservation Park to explore the native flora and fauna, understand the cultural significance of the Milbi and learn what Mon Repos means to Aboriginal Peoples.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Times: 11 - 11.30am (SOLD OUT) 12 - 12.30pm and 1 - 1.30pm

Location: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos

Cost: Free (registration required)

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