Bundaberg is located 363km north of Brisbane
on the banks of the Burnett River. This city is known for its sugar industry and the legendary Bundy Rum Distillery. The coast is only 15 minutes drive east and mystery craters 20 minutes drive west. The town also offers museums, parks and gardens. There is plenty to see and do in and around “Bundy”.
The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is the main attraction. Rum drinkers and non-rum drinkers visit from far and wide to learn the Bundy story, experience the production process, sample the final product, purchase exclusive souvenirs and be photographed in front of the 5 metre rum bottle out front. The distillery tour is very interesting and Bundy lovers will appreciate it all the more, especially the tastings at the end of tour. Tour times on Monday to Friday are hourly between 10am and 4pm (last tour leaves 3pm). Weekends and public holiday tour times are hourly between 10am and 3pm (last tour leaves at 2pm). Enclosed shoes are essential. The distillery is located on Avenue St.
Schmeider’s Cooperage is the maker of Bundy barrels and kegs. Not far from the distillery on Alexandra St the cooperage imports American Oak and constructs the enormous Bundy vats at the distillery, which you’ll see on tour. The cooperage complex sells a wide range of fabulous wood products and glass blown ware and wine sales and tastings are on offer.
The Bundaberg Barrel is all about Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Free tastings are available and for a fee you can discover the inside story of the crushing, brewing and fermenting processes which produce the old favourite softdrink. The barrel is on Bargara Rd and open hours are 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Sunday.
On the western side of the Burnett Bridge on Quay St is the Marina on the Burnett River. Fresh seafood is sold here straight from the trawlers to the consumer. Prawns, bugs, scallops, cuttlefish and crabs are some of the delicacies on offer.
Alexandra Park and Zoo is on the western side of the Burnett Bridge on the corner of Quay and Burrum Sts. The free zoo has a kids’ petting pen with all sorts of farm animals including lambs, calves, goats, piglets, ducklings and chickens. Other animals to observe in the yard are kangaroos, emus, ostriches, turkeys and birds in an avery. The park has plenty of shade, children’s playgrounds and toilet and picnic facilities.
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is on the Gin Gin Rd and incorporates the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House. The attractive gardens are filled with lakes, ponds, birdlife and harmless lizards. The Japanese Garden is just beautiful, with a waterall, ponds and manicured gardens. The other highlight is the paved symmetrical rose and wisteria garden ascending to Bert Winkler Historic House. A café overlooks the gardens and is a delightful location for lunch or refreshments. A train also tours around the gardens for your enjoyment.
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation in the botanic gardens centre is a tribute to Bert Hinkler, a gone but not forgotten solo aviator of Bundaberg. Learn the Hinkler story, enjoy the numerous exhibits and visual presentations, brave the flight simulator and marvel at the replica aircraft.
Hummock Lookout via Windermere Rd offers views over the horticultural belt towards the coast and the remains of a basaltic volcano which erupted some 1 million years ago, its lava creating the basalt boulders along the shoreline between Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads.
Mon Repos Beach via Burnett Heads Rd is a Turtle Rookery. Breeding season is between November and March and the beach is closed to the public between 6pm and 6am to restrict disturbance to the endangered turtles. A turtle display centre and amphitheatre is open from 7pm nightly and the outdoor display centre is free viewing all day. Mon Repos Beach has a swimming area with a lifeguard stationed there at certain times, swimming is permitted at own risk, however be aware of currents.
Mystery Craters are located about 30km west of Bundaberg at South Kolan. These astonishing rock formations were discovered beneath the surface in the 1970’s by a farmer and estimated to be over 25 million years old. The craters vary in shape and size, have different markings and some retain water. The big mystery as to what caused these craters is yet to be solved. There are several theories but nothing yet proven. Can you come up with anything? You’ll just have to check it out for yourselves. The craters are open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Bundaberg has several caravan parks to accommodate tourists and for extra budget conscious or free campers there is a free roadside camp 15km west of town on the Gin Gin Rd. There is limited space, however it is suitable for vans and trailers and there is a grassy area to pitch tents. Toilets are provided, there is running water in the hand basins and dogs are permitted.
The Bundaberg region is just delightful. A unique part of the country with a diverse mix and not far away from coastal attractions such as Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy to the north and Hervey Bay and Fraser Island to the south.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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