Bundaberg Area

During 1998 I visited Bundaberg where I holidayed for about two weeks. During that time I explored the surrounding areas and the township itself. Bundaberg is surprisingly large with a population of around 30,000 people. I would highly recommend a visit to the Rum Distillery. It was $5.00 for a guided tour and you get to sample the wares at the end.  I made a day trip up to the township of 1770 and found it to be most beautiful. Well worth the day trip. Another interesting site in Bundaberg itself are the Mystery craters. Just nearby to these craters is the Tropical Fruit Winery. Different but the wines were surprisingly nice. We spent another day exploring the beautiful Coonarr Beach which is South of Bundaberg and just North of Woodgate. It was here where we saw a loggerhead turtle swimming in the shallows. The Beach pictured is Elliott Heads. Coonarr Beach looks very similar to this but is much nicer and is without the rocks. I would have just one tip here at Coonarr. Be extremely careful driving onto the beach, even with a four wheel drive. It is very tricky as the sand can be extremely soft in places. It would be very easy to get bogged.

White white sands and blue blue water. Another day was spent exploring Elliott Heads and the Port area. Fishing is good off the jetty at the port and there is an excellent fresh seafood market there also. Another day was spent travelling through Gin Gin to the old copper mining town of Mt Perry. Small specimens of Malachite and Azurite can be found in the mullock heaps in the old mine behind the shops. If you look in the creek old bottles can be found there also.


The Boolboonda Tunnel Near Mt Perry

About 20 km East of Mt Perry is the Boolboonda Tunnel. This tunnel is cut out of solid rock. It is on the Southern side of the road. There is also a cute little old school there just before the tunnel. I have included a photo of the tunnel.

Back in Bundaberg excellent meals can be obtained from Brothers Football Club which can be found on the Western side of town.  There is also a multiple Cinema nearby too as well as Sugarland Shopping Centre. The Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit especially Bert Hinkler's house. The beaches (Rocks) around Bundaberg are actually quite beautiful, particularly Kelly's Beach (which does actually have sand), Burnett Heads and Mon Repos are also interesting. For the kids there is a Mini Golf course at Moore Park. There is also a water slide just out of town as you head towards Bagarra. There is actually a Zoo in the heart of town and has free entry. Well worth a walk through. Bundaberg is about a 5 to 6 hour drive from Brisbane

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