Regional Tourism Guide for Bundaberg
Lifeline Bookfest
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Bundaberg Bookfest is part of the largest book sale in the Southern Hemisphere with thousands of books of all categories including children's, fact and fiction paperbacks, hardcover, cooking, craft, biography, games and puzzles, DVDs, CDs—you name it, they will have it.

Items of clothing only AUD2 each. There is lots of free parking close to the event and it's free entry. Raffles to be won, café on site with hot and cold drinks, pies, sausage rolls, cakes and more.

All money raised helps support Lifeline Crisis Support Services including Suicide Prevention and Community Recovery following natural and man-made disasters.
Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Crush Festival Bundaberg - Winner of the Bundaberg Regional Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2018 Tourism Festivals and Events Business of the Year.

Celebrating the Bundaberg region through the arts…..
Every October, the 10-day Festival gives you an opportunity to explore lots of different art forms such as street art, digital art, writing, film, theatre, circus, exhibitions, workshops, ceramics, and more, and it invites you to participate in a variety of artistic experiences.

Crush Festival is becoming a true celebration of what it means to live and create artwork in regional areas around the world and in the meantime celebrates the achievements of the people who make up, live in, and love this region.

The Festival has grown immensely over the years, attracting over 19,000 people in 2017.

Modern Maori Quartet - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
The award-winning Modern Māori Quartet make their debut appearance in Bundaberg at the Crush Festival. These four extraordinary voices will perform highlights from their latest Motown-inspired album THAT’S US. They hit Bundaberg as one of two Australian dates to kick off their world tour.
Voices of the Earth - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Fri 26th Oct 2018
Voices of the Earth brings together a collection of regional artists who convey an ecological message through their work.

Voices of the Earth serves as a reminder of an ancient, sacred connection between humans and nature.
Colour and Cork - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Ever wanted to paint your own work-of-art but not had the time or know-how? Come along to a fun art, wine and nibble-filled evening at Cross Gallery and take home your own masterpiece! Woodgate-based artist, educator and all round amazing lady Jennifer McDuff will expertly guide you whilst you complete your artistic triumph.
Mini Makerspace - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
An afternoon of creativity and resourcefulness awaits! Celebrating the awesome possibilities of STEAM (the exciting combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the Mini Makerspace will provide children and families with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of hands on creative experiences.

It will feature a 3D printing exhibit and virtual reality exhibits, Lego stations and much more.

Ergon Energy Crush Block Party - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
New to the festival in 2018 is the Ergon Energy Crush Block Party. Join them under the twinkling lights in Post Office Lane for an evening of creative arts experiences. The evening will be alive with the buzz of street theatre, play readings, trivia, music, dance, street art demonstrations and activities for all ages. The much-loved Wheelbarrow Markets are back with more stalls than ever before. Treat yourself to something unique from one of their local artisans or put a few things away for Christmas for those ‘impossible to buy for’.

Visit their ‘back-door food court’ for some delectable delights!

Crush Block Party - Street Theatre Workshop
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Love street theatre and want to learn more about mask theatre? Join Clint Bolster from Homunculus Theatre in a free two-hour action-packed workshop, learning the craft of delighting audiences of all ages.

Participants will share and learn new skills during the Crush Block Party in the evening. Places for this unique experience are extremely limited and registration is a must. Participants must be over the age of 15.

This opportunity has been made possible by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Crush Makerspace , Make a Wigglebot - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Crush Makerspace will be a larger scale, fun and interactive showcase of STEAM (the exciting combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Bundaberg Regional Libraries, Community Lifestyle Support, Queensland Computers, CQUniversity, Shalom College and St Lukes Anglican School will be hosting a range of workshops and activities that will inspire any budding innovator – young or not so young!

Come together to learn to use materials and technology for creative projects. Exploration, learning, innovation and collaboration is key! Try your hand at 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality experiences, drones, slime making and so much more.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

Dottie Lottie’s Pop Up Art Play - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Gallery Park is going dotty during the Crush Block Party, as the Gallery’s Dottie Lottie does Pop Up Art Play with their littlest art lovers. It will be musical madness, as Dottie Lottie gives up her story chair for some wild and wacky homemade instruments set to make the park sing! Make a pair of Dottie’s signature art goggles, helping you to find a hidden world of tiny art in the Gallery precinct.
Whistle-Stop Shindig (Finale) - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Whistle-Stop Shindig celebrates emerging singer/songwriters from the Bundaberg Region. Travelling and performing at the region’s country halls, Watling and Bates with local artist Matthew Munro will gather local performers, culminating in a finale at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

Watling and Bates are songwriters and performers from Northern New South Wales. Watling plays fiddle, banjo and flat-picks guitar to Bates’ solid rhythm guitar. They will nurture and audition local talent through performances at Buxton Hall (Tuesday 2 October 6pm), Goodnight Scrub (Wednesday 3 October 6pm) and Waterloo (Thursday 4 October 6pm).
Crush Block Party - Team Snipz
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Team Snipz will be hitting Post Office Lane during the Crush Block Party doing stencilling demonstrations on canvas. Check out their amazing work which will be available to purchase during the evening.
Felted Mandala Workshops - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Discover how shape, colour, form and pattern play an important part in the making of a Mandala. Kay Shelton will guide you through the Mandala process, then artist Monika May will teach you the basics of the ancient textile process of felting.

There are two workshop seating: First seating 5.15pm and second seating 6.15pm.

An adults only event.

See Saw , A New Play - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Climb the Post Office stairs, up to The Generator and discover a very unique space, home to the freshest and emerging talent. This is a space that encourages change makers and thinkers to explore their ideas and potential - which is perfect for this shows Worldwide Premiere! They don’t want to give too much away, but strongly recommend you follow what happens to the packet of chips…. Two performance sessions means you have no reason to miss this! They are at 5pm and 7pm, pay at the door.
Crafting a Future - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
The term ‘do something you love, and you’ll never work again’ …. Hear how Cazz and Leanne both came to tread the creative path they are on. Create some beautiful cards with Cazz and then settle in to listen to Leanne share some of her wonderful and practical tips and suggestions on organisation, goal-setting and self-care.
Teens on the Green - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
Run by teens for teens… Discover for yourself some of the best emerging talent in the region. This is a great opportunity to support the youth who are stepping up (on the platform) to entertain you.

Bring a friend, family and blanket and enjoy the music!

A Celebration of WOW - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
The WOW Regional Voices (Women of the World) program has brought women together to share, learn and connect creating new bonds and opportunities. Three projects, Songbirds of Childers – A 14 women and 10 song collaboration, Mumma’s Kitchen - a series of podcasts created to explore key issues through conversations around the kitchen table, and MindCraft which engaged local visual artists to share new skills and create artworks with women and girls.

Come along to an evening of exhibition, performance and chat as they celebrate the voices of the women in the region.

Songbirds perform Sunday October 7, 6pm to 8.30pm.

Mindcraft Exhibition opens Friday/Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 5pm to 8.30pm.

Dr Karl , Authors Talk - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Mon 8th Oct 2018
Dr Karl just loves Science to pieces. After all, Science is a way to not get fooled.

Join Dr Karl at the Bundaberg Library on Monday October 8 for a unique author talk like none you have ever seen. Dr Karl will also participate in a Question and Answer session from the audience and a book signing for his fans.

This event is free.

Limited spaces are available and bookings are essential.

Pizza and Poetry Workshop - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Tue 9th Oct 2018
Join Anisa Nandaula this Crush Festival to explore your own voice through poetry. All ages and styles of poetry are welcome. Anisa will be facilitating a two-hour workshop followed by a Pizza and Poetry evening at The Windmill Café. Sharing her unique and prize-winning work, Anisa will challenge your perceptions of poetry and unveil her passion for sharing your voice.
Pizza and Poetry at The Windmill - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Tue 9th Oct 2018
Join Anisa Nandaula this Crush Festival to explore your own voice through poetry. All ages and styles of poetry are welcome. Anisa will be facilitating a two-hour workshop followed by a Pizza and Poetry evening at The Windmill Cafe. Sharing her unique and prize-winning work, Anisa will challenge your perceptions of poetry and unveil her passion for sharing your voice.

Entry is free for workshop (held earlier in the day) participants - please bring your ticket for viewing.

Art In The Street - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Gin Gin and District Fine Arts Society run the amazing Courthouse Gallery in Gin Gin. They are teaming up with the Childers Art group and any other interested artists for a day of painting in the street at Gin Gin.

Join them for a beautiful day with fellow artists and friends.

Paint Your Cake and Eat It Too - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
This watercolour workshop held in the surrounds of the beautiful Eleven Acres is suitable for cake lovers everywhere. Artist Adrienne Williams will introduce you to sketching, which will include a gouache and masking fluid demonstration. In this workshop you really will get to paint your cake and it too. Materials supplied. Bring your own shady hat and a water bottle.
Gin and BLANK - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
A joint effort between audience and performer, the gaps in the script are filled-in to reveal a story that celebrates human imagination. As formally inventive as it is engaging, BLANK reverses the typical theatre experience: A script riddled with blanks leaves the audience in charge of how the story will unfold.

Come and enjoy the atmosphere and the performance in the magic space that is Kalki Moon – their local award winning Gin distillery.

Brush to the Beat - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Surprise yourself with a night of music and visual art like you’ve never experienced before.

Brush to the Beat is an experiment in improvised music.

See local visual artists work with local musicians as they transform the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre into a contemporary arts space for a night.

This event is free. The bar will be open. Drinks at menu prices.

Indelability Arts , Look Mum No Hands - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018
Get set for a wild night of side-splitting antics, glorious music and heart-warming stories as the Indelability Arts cast prepare to take to the stage at their local annual open-mic night. No two shows are ever the same. This is not a bar where you can take a back seat, so buckle up and enjoy the ride…. Remember when you enter the Legless Bar, anything can happen…

This production is sponsored by IMPACT Community Services.

Tour supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Traveling Film Festival - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Like the Sydney Film Festival, Traveling Film Festival Bundaberg aims to offer something for everyone, whether you are a casual film-goer or a committed film enthusiast, they are confident that the program has a film for your taste! The program comes direct from Sydney Film Festival and includes many cinematic gems and award winners that played to sold-out theatres across the Festival in June this year.

The Traveling Film Festival presents cinema in a festival environment and promotes a film experience that encourages debate, community involvement and interaction.

Full scheduled programming release in late September.

Head to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre website for bookings.

Crush on the River - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Get into the birthday groove with them to celebrate the Crush Festival turning 10! Enjoy the acoustic sounds of blues, roots and reggae inspired music with the popular Jesse Morris Band.

Want something extra special? Watch out for some surprise entertainment and of course the birthday cake!

Spirit of Bundaberg Festival
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 19th Oct 2019
Serving up rum-inspired food, rum cocktails, the best in local music and the latest Bundaberg Rum Distillery releases – the festival is a celebration of all that Bundaberg has to offer, bringing together locals, travellers, and food and drink lovers alike.

Festival-goers can expect flavour to be a big focus of the festival with rum-inspired food stalls serving up dishes with a unique regional style and flavour.

Festival goers will be among the first to try, and buy, the latest Bundaberg rum release.

Free entry!
Artists Lunch , Food Wine and Conversation - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Artists of all make, model and vintage are welcome at a relaxing lunch at Vintner’s Secret Vineyard. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other artists from the region over a delicious spread. Hosts Marianne and Ed are terrific advocates for bringing together food, wine and the arts and invite you to their table to discover a little bit more about the inspiring passion of the region’s creatives.
Flushed Out - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Local artist Paul Perry is holding a ‘Come and Try Mosaic’ workshop to introduce the community to mosaics and to solicit interest in the designing and producing of a community mosaic on the walls the public toilets at Archie’s Beach, Bargara.

Come and give it a go. It’s completely legal, they think!

Opening Event: 6pm Saturday 13 October.
Exhibition: 10am to 6pm, Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October.
‘Come and Try Mosaic’ Workshop: Anytime 10am to 6pm Saturday 13 October.

I Carried a Pineapple - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
They Want You! ‘I Carried A Pineapple’ is an ambitious community project that will be filmed, edited and entered into a film festival competition all in one day!

You'll meet at the Botanic Gardens, North Bundaberg and they are looking for at least 500 extras to make this happen.

Rally a group and bring the kids to be part of this film.

Bring your own smile and pineapple! No dance skills required! The moves are simple!

Please register on the day so ‘spots’ can be allocated.

Registration Marquee: Below Fairymead House.

Registration Times: Strictly 8am to 9am.

This is a community film project. ‘Extras’ acknowledge their time is volunteered.

Crush Sand Sculpture and Beach Barbecue - Crush Festival Bundaberg
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Gather your family and friends, harness your creativity and collect your buckets and spades. Join them at Elliott Heads Beach for an afternoon of making sculptures in the sand. From dinosaurs to sea creatures, from submarines to mermaids, let your imagination run wild!

There are prizes to be won including McDonalds vouchers! To keep the vibe chilled they will be enjoying the beat with The Unity Drummers and Ramona Lane will be creating a Labyrinth walk for you to participate in.

The Elliott Heads Surf Lifesaving Club are hosting a sausage sizzle and drinks stall. The first 100 sausages will be free!

Festival of Small Halls - Kalpowar
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Acclaimed Canadian multi-instrumentalists Madison Violet and rising Kimberley star Harry Jakamarra will join the Festival of Small Halls tour this Spring, playing 20 community halls across outback Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November.

The tour kicks off in Rocky Creek, and will dip into inland New South Wales before it works its way through the Queensland outback, finally finishing in Felton, where just under 300 people call home.

Madison Violet are musical chameleons. Their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family as if they were born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The Juno-nominated duo met in Toronto in 1999, only to find out that their fathers sat next to each other in high school, nearly 2000 kilometres away.

A “Mad Max” of the Kimberley, Harry Jakamarra is one of Australia’s most-talked about musicians. He has recently completed recording an EP with the legendary Jeff Lang, and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans. Harry is packing his brother Elwood in his suitcase for an extra-special show between two brothers.

Bundaberg Cup
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Australia's richest Touch Football knockout.

Teams from around the country are getting ready to nominate for the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, AUD20,000, to be shared across various men's, women's and mixed divisions in the lead-up to November's event.

In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region's tourism industry.

International, inter (Queensland) and intra-State teams will compete for the prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg.

The inception of the Bundaberg Cup provides a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar.

More importantly, it provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport to increase tourism and participation numbers to key destinations, such as Bundaberg.

Cycle Fest International
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019 to Mon 18th Feb 2019
Cycle Fest International will deliver the single greatest change to the sporting event landscape. For 70 years the Bundaberg Cycling Club has delivered one of Australian Cycling's greatest spectacles. Over eight excitement filled days encompassing tourism, education, safety awareness, health and fitness, fun, regional development, community and corporate activities the world's best will descend on the Bundaberg Region for Cycle Fest International.

The Competition will be fast, furious and edge of your seat, heart in your mouth stuff. Featuring the Super Street Criterium showcasing the beautiful streets of the Rum City, reaching speeds of 70 kilometres per hour on a street circuit in front of large crowds.

The 70th edition Bundaberg International Cycling Spectacular will set the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome alight, 100 plus events will fill the program, The “Superstars of World Cycling” take each other on in some unrivalled action.

To close the eight days they shift gears into the all-round endurance world of pain, The Olympic Tri, partnering with the Triathlon club some 500 competitors and 3,500 plus spectators will cap off Cycling Fest International.

This Global Festival that will showcase their region and cycling.
Bundaberg Chinese New Year Celebrations
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Bundaberg welcomes in the year of the pig!

Welcome in the Year of the Pig at Bundaberg’s 2019 Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Impressive performances of artists direct from Bundaberg’s sister city, Nanning, will feature in the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

Experience the colour and spectacle of Lion and Dragon dancing, a dazzling lantern parade, a fun-filled Zodiac Animal Trail for children, and a dazzling display of fireworks.

Alluring craft markets and enticing food vendors add to the festive atmosphere.

The 2019 Chinese New Year Celebrations will be held in Bundaberg’s Central Business District at various venues including the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Buss Park and the Civic Centre, Bourbong Street, on Saturday 16 February from 3pm to 9pm.