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Just a few miles from the beach, Bundaberg is probably most associated with sugarcane and its byproducts. Chief amongst them is the famous Bundaberg Rum, a local brew made from the sugar crop. The small villages that line the coast around the town are also hugely appealing, with wide, flat beaches and some of the coastline’s best fishing. As Bundaberg’s secret starts to get out, the crowds can’t be too far behind. So visit now to see it at its best.
Bourbong Street - Despite the misspelled name, there’s nothing else wrong with this main part of town which runs alongside the river.
Bargara - A beachside suburb, this is a popular spot with tourists, complete with its own shopping centre and restaurant scene.
The Hummock - This is exactly what it sounds like, a rounded hill outside the town where you can enjoy some of the best views of Bundaberg and the surrounding area.
Fraser Island - The largest sand island in the world and a popular spot for tourists and backpackers to visit. It lies off the coast and its tip can be seen from the Bundaberg coast.
The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is responsible for the legendary Bundaberg Rum, which is about as Australian as it gets. Take a tour of the distillery and find out how this unique beverage is created. The Bundaberg Barrel is home to another of the town’s most famous products, ginger beer, and the museum details the history and production of it. If you love nature, then visit during December to see the returning turtles lay their eggs. And a few months later the tiny offspring start to hatch and make their way down the beach to the sea. The waters here are also teeming with tropical fish and there is no charge to see them. Just bring some goggles and get in the water.
Bargara Beach is one of Queensland’s best swimming spots. Elsewhere along the coast the jellyfish can be a problem but here the water is generally safer. Take a trip to Fraser Island, a World Heritage Site and the world’s largest sand island. Or, if that’s too far, climb the Hummock for views of it from the mainland. Hit Bourbong Street, the main shopping area of the town for some retail therapy, notably the aptly named Sugarland, which is home to all the biggest stores. Make your way south to Elliott Heads beach, where you can enjoy some of the best fishing on the east coast.
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