Bundaberg is a city steeped in a history which continues to touch all Australians. From small beginnings as a timber cutte’s camp, it went on to become the home of Bundaberg Rum, of aviation heroes like Bert Hinkler, entertainers like Gladys Moncrieff and sporting greats like Mal Meninga and Don Tallon.
Early cultural influences provided rich grounds for the development of a unique architectural mix, from the art deco European styled Linden Clinic to authentic Queenslanders, gothic styled churches to modern steeples sheathed in copper, carillion towers to plantation houses – not to mention the Colonial stylings of the earliest commercial buildings.
The Burnett River bisects the city. Crossed by a distinctive century old ironwork bridge reminiscent of a scaled down Sydney Harbour Bridge and by the streamlined Tallon Bridge (scarcely a decade old) the river is a strong influence on Bundaberg lifestyle.
City lunch breaks become riverside dining experiences – either DIY sandwiches or a la carte thanks to restaurants taking advantage of the river vista.
Parks, playgrounds and a zoo provide shady opportunities to cool down after a day’s shopping, or to simply enjoy some relaxed family time.
The wide deep river makes Bundaberg a popular first port of entry, and is considered safe harbour for seafarers.
This progressive city shows a patchwork of sugarcane and small crop fields. Nearby coastal resorts and hamlets provide a choice of sea changes. And with the world’s fifth most equable climate – the most livable in Australia – the region can just about guarantee this is the best place to begin developing a taste for Queensland sunshine. For visitors eager to explore the wondrous Great Barrier Reef, day trips and overnight stays to the reef leave from Bundaberg.
By road Bundaberg and region is accessed from the Bruce Highway. The nearest airport is on the outskirts of the city, only four kms from Bundaberg CBD. The Tilt Train runs a regular service while the Sunlander, Queenslander Class, allows a more leisurely glimpse of Queensland country en route to Bundy.
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