Bargara, a coastal town, is 13 km north-east of Bundaberg. It is the largest coastal town in the region of the mouth of the Burnett River, and was the administrative seat of the former Burnett Shire.

Bargara was originally known as Sandhills, an acknowledgement of the unstable coastal sand formations that were the subject of land development in the late 1880s. An early purchaser found that his holiday house alternately had sand drifts banked up against it or denuded foundations. Stabilisation was achieved with marum grass plantings in the 1920s.

Further Reading: 

Neville Rackemann, A century of progress: Woongarra Shire 1885-1985, Bundaberg, Woongarra Shire, 1985


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