Bundaberg is a fabulous city to visit. To be honest I hadn’t done a lot of research before going to Bundaberg so I was quite surprised by how beautiful this city was.
Bundaberg is in the North Burnett Region and only 360km north of Brisbane. When you think of Bundaberg you think of Rum and Ginger beer but this beautiful city has a lot more to offer families.
Mon Repo Turtles
We haven’t had the chance to see this amazing natural phenomenon but it’s on our bucket list to get to. During the months of November to January, these huge turtles make their way up the beach to lay their eggs. Between January – March these little hatchlings appear and make their way down to the water. And the amazing thing is you can witness this. Make sure you book well in advance to secure your tickets.
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
What a fabulous garden and definitely a must visit when you go to Bundaberg. It has a fantastic boardwalk and a lot of bird life. When you walk up to the lakes edge Turtles appear from the depths of the water and at one stage we count twenty Turtles looking at us.
The girls were so excited that they had a working steam train that went around the gardens and lakes. The carriages were once used to haul cane locos in the sugar industry.
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation centre
We decided it would be an interesting museum to see and learn about. We were really surprised to learn about Hinklers story in Australian history. It was a great centre that we all enjoyed and it had a lot of interactive sections to keep the girls busy.
Alexandra Park & Zoo
Alexandra Park is a fantastic place for families to visit and let the kids burn some energy. This park is enormous and suits all kids of all ages. Our children had a fantastic day running around and playing with all the other children. But Alexandra Park includes a little Zoo. We got to see Dingoes, Emus and lots of different birds and in school holidays they have a little petting zoo as well. This activity is FREE.
We couldn’t leave Bundaberg without going and doing the tour of the Bundaberg Rum distilling factory. We opted to do the guided tour and it was great, Matt particularly liked the taste testing 😉 They had lots of interesting facts like 66% of the profits goes our Government. Considering they make over a Billion dollars worth of Rum a year…….(facts given by tour guides)! So if you love Rum and you want to see a giant room of molasses then definitely go on the tour 😉
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
The Bundaberg Ginger Beer factory is a brilliant stop for families to visit. This little factory has a self-guided tour that we all had so much fun doing. They had interactive screens that the girls could play with, a guess the smell test on what’s in ginger beer and a 15 minute 3D movie in a theatre. We really loved being able to walk through this tour at our own leisure learning about the process of ginger beer. At the end of the tour, you get to sit down and have a taste test of the whole range they have to offer (I lost count but I think there was 14 taste testing).
Less than an hour drive away is the beautiful coastal town of Woodgate. With a stunning 16km of white sand, it’s definitely a beach you want to see. We enjoyed beach fishing, walking and swimming in this amazing water. If you keep heading south too Walkers Point you’ll find another cracking destination with a beautiful spot to put your boat in and try your luck at some fishing/crabbing.
Bundaberg has so much to offer as a tourist destination. There are some beautiful beaches within twenty minutes from town. The local area is teeming with fresh produce that you can buy straight from the farmer. And it is within driving distance to do some fabulous day trips to 1770, Agnes Waters and Childers.
If you haven’t already guessed we loved Bundaberg and everything that it has to offer.