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Bargara

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Things to do: sightseeing, parks, nature
Bargara is a coastal town in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. The town lies 384km north of the state capital Brisbane and just 13km east of Bundaberg. Bargara is considered to be a satellite town of Bundaberg, with only sugar cane fields separating the two centres. Between 1912 and 1948, a railway connected the two centres. At the 2011 census, Bargara had a population of 6,893.Bargara has grown significantly over the last decade, becoming a popular tourist and retirement destination. The main streets of Bargara are The Esplanade and The Promenade. The Esplanade runs along the Bargara Beach foreshore, and is lined with several modern holiday homes and units. The Promenade contains several hotels, restaurants and clothing shops. Bargara is also a popular fishing, swimming and surfing location.The famous Mon Repos turtle rookery is located just north of Bargara. A wall in the reserve dating back to the very early days of settlement was constructed using Kanaka labour and rocks taken from the nearby sugarcane fields.HistoryPrior to 1913, Bargara was officially known as Sandhills. The Sandhills Provisional School opened in 1893, and was renamed Bargara State School in 1921. The name Bargara is derived from the names of two adjacent localities, Barolin and Woongarra.
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