Bundaberg is a thriving Central Queensland city boasting the perfect mix of coastline and country; from funky beachside bars and cafés at beautiful Bargara, gourmet local produce and surrounding vineyards, to the picturesque hiking trails of the Hummock – Bundaberg’s very own volcano. It’s become a haven for culture vultures on the back of fantastic live entertainment, premier exhibitions, and many iconic festivals and events rooted in the unique history and culinary gems of the region.
You may be blissfully unaware, but those who’ve tasted a tipple of Bundaberg Rum in their time will already have an ornate appreciation of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, thanks to the iconic Aussie rum from whence it came. Indeed the similarities are striking – both radiate a rugged yet refined quality; both are steeped in history with an eye to the future; and both can be enjoyed all year round!
Legend has it that even the fish overindulged when the famous distillery burned to the ground in 1936 and millions of litres were lost to the murky depth of the Burnett River. It took three years to rebuild and the heritage timber design still stands today. And while the traditional recipe has changed little in 125 years since the first batch of Bundaberg Rum was bottled, the distillery is now a hugely popular tourist attraction and the town has transformed!
As a teenager, aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler famously flew his own hand-built gliders on Mon Repos Beach, which now bears witness to a whole new batch of curious youngsters, trying to make their own way in the big wide world. Mon Repos is home to the largest nesting population of loggerhead turtles in the Southern Hemisphere and every year thousands return home to lay their eggs. And it’s just one of many must-sees for any wideeyed visitor.
Bundaberg is the jump-off point for Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands, where you can immerse yourself in the underwater world of the reef and swim among the coral with turtles, manta rays and a cabaret of other sea creatures. Bundaberg is timeless, on trend and unbelievably tasty. We guarantee you’ll be back for another round … Huzzah!
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