Bundaberg is a small city in Queensland about 15 km inland from the glorious Coral Sea coast, in the area of the world that gives us the magical Great Barrier Reef. As well as being close enough to the ocean to present great seaside holidays, Bundaberg is a major cultural and social centre, which makes a great base for anyone looking to explore the delights of Queensland.
It is a pleasant, open town that has made the most of its attributes to be a great tourist destination, presenting a pleasant mix of nature, history and the modern. Bundaberg's major claim to fame is as the cradle of the rum industry in Australia, and the drink along with other drinks products is still very much happening here.
Bundaberg sits on the Burnett River around 385 km north of Brisbane. International visitors can fly into Brisbane and there is also a small regional airport in Bundaberg itself.
You will find that as the largest urban settlement in the area, Bundaberg lists most of the attractions within a 50 km radius as its own and as such, you can be presented with a bewildering array of sights and activities. Hire a car and cram in as many things as you can for a holiday of a lifetime.
The Beaches - Bargara is the closest beach, great for families who want to sun bathe and swim. Surf beaches are also within 20 km, at Archies and Park Beach.
Great Barrier Reef - Although this area is not the most frequented part of the Reef, all along the coast northwards, there is access via tours. It's a fabulously scenic route along the coast road from Bundaberg to Cairns. Lady Musgrave Island and Fitzroy Reef present the dive sites closest to Bundaberg.
Bundaberg Rum Distillery - Operating since 1888, the distillery offers guided tours demonstrating the entire rum making process. Samples are included and there's a museum and shop on site.
Bundaberg Barrel - See the process of making Bundaberg's delicious ginger beer with an enjoyable interactive tour. Plenty of other flavours too.
Hinkler Hall of Aviation - An interesting collection of historical flying machines and celebration of Australian pioneer solo aviator, Bert Hinkler.
Mon Repos Conservation Park - Including Mon Repos Beach, the park is home to Woongarra Rainforest, but its marine turtles (Loggerheads, Flatbacks and Green) are its biggest attraction.
Mystery Craters - One of the weird and wonderful sites of Australia and a source of mystery. Thirty-five craters baffle scientists and leave visitors in awe and wonderment.
National Parks - The Kinkuna Section, Burrum Coast National Park, Baldwin Swamp Conservation Park, Mount Walsh National Park and Cania Gorge National Park all offer wonderful walks, trails and outdoor activities, and opportunities to view some of Australia's unique wildlife.
Caves - Dragon Cave and Bloodwood Cave are two of the major attractions in Cania Gorge National Park - caves in sandstone cliffs in an area of eucalypt forest.
Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre - The largest indoor family leisure facility in Queensland with bowling, climbing, swimming, arcade games, electric dodgems, laser tag and mini golf.
Museums and galleries - Cultural centres in Bundaberg include the Railway Museum, Bakers Military and Memorabilia Museum, Fairymead House Sugar Museum, RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, and the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.