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Bargara

I live in Bundaberg so it is a good 25 km ride to get to the start of the Turtle Trail at Burnett Heads on the Coral Coast. We head south on the bike/walking track past Oaks Beach towards the Mon Repos Conservation Park. It is famous because it is a turtle rookery for loggerhead turtles. Mon Repos Beach is a long stretch of sand and black volcanic rock which provides a stunning backdrop to this ride. The track is well maintained but is shared with walkers and runners so riders have to be mindful of this and ride carefully. There are several tight turns and the bitumen track can be sandy and/or littered with bark, twigs or she-oak seeds. The photos show how the track heads into the dunes amongst the she-oak trees. It is a shady, winding track with occasional views out to the spectacular Mon Repos Beach. The track breaks free from the dunes at the Turtle Appreciation Centre which is well worth the visit and during nesting and hatching times, this is a very special part of the world. We cross the road onto the next stage of the trail which passes through the wetlands between Mon Repos and Neilson Park Beaches. It is a well-maintained bitumen surface with bridges to traverse the salty, tidal landscape. The track emerges through the scrub forrest at Neilson Park Beach which is popular for camping and has a surf life saving club. Not far down the road is beautiful Bargara which is a quaint holiday destination with quality low-rise resorts, coffee shops and restaurants. It is a great place to stop and have a coffee before heading back to Bundaberg to complete a ride. This loop is approximately 70 km, depending on where one starts and finishes in Bundaberg. Riding the coastal areas of Bundaberg's Coral Coast is fantastic! Getting to and from the coast can conjure up a journey which may travel along the Burnett River at Kirby's Wall, through cane fields and small crop farms as well as cattle grazing properties. The Ring Road provides an opportunity to cycle to and from Bargara at high speeds for long periods of straight road, uninterrupted by intersections or traffic lights. Bundaberg and the Coral Coast is a great place to cycle!

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