- 28 Jan
1 Kellys Beach
Bargara 4670, QLD
Bargara is part of the string of holiday settlements that fringe the Bundaberg coast from Burnett Head south to Elliott Heads. Bargara is fringed by four beaches; Nielsen Park to the north, small Bargara Beach in the centre, which is the home of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, and Kellys Beach to the south, which consists of two parts and is also patrolled by the lifesavers (Fig. 4.90). Kellys Beach (1503) is on the south side of Bargara. It is 600 m long, faces due east and is backed by a string of houses on either side of the main road, then the golf course. There is a small lagoon behind the golf course, which is linked to the sea by a small creek crossing the centre of the beach. Like all the beaches along this section of coast, low basalt promontories and rounded boulders fringe either end of the beach. There is a large tidal pool in the northern rocks which is a popular swimming area. The beach has a sandy high tide beach fronted by an 80 m wide and generally rock-free low tide bar.
Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach are relatively safe for swimming under normal conditions. However, care must be taken on all beaches near the rocks and especially if swimming in the tidal pools on a rising tide. Higher waves also induce rips against the groynes and rocks on all the beaches. The safest and best locations are at the two patrolled beaches, with best conditions at mid to high tide.