Flanked by sugar cane stalks, Bundy locals have been turning the towering crop into Bundaberg Rum for over 130 years. Formed with a production team of only five men, Australia’s most awarded rum distillery has most certainly come a long way. Take the Bundaberg Rum tour to play master distiller and craft your own rum blend.
Gardens and Nature Reserves
The perfect introduction to the Bundaberg region, Bundaberg Botanic Gardens fills 27 sprawling hectares with themed gardens, more than 114 bird species, and a magnificent lake. Within its grounds reside cultural delights, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and The Bundaberg and District Historical Museum. Visiting between November and March? Join a nightly tour of Mon Repos Conservation Park to catch a glimpse of endangered loggerhead turtles nesting and hatching on the beach. Want to get closer to the action? Make your way to Lady Elliot Island to glide alongside majestic manta rays.
Walks and Hikes
Venture beyond Bundaberg’s core and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the outback track. One of the most popular hiking trails lies just over an hour’s drive away in Mount Walsh National Park. An easy walk for the whole family, it runs through pine rainforest, grassy woodlands and refreshing rock pools. Closer to town, Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park is a stunning area of freshwater wetlands and rainforest. If in luck, keen birdwatchers may spot a handful of waterbirds, including the rare Cotton Pygmy Geese and the Comb Crested Jacana.
The Bundaberg coastline is peppered with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, so no matter where you choose to lay your towel, you can’t go wrong. Bargara Beach is a 15-minute drive from Bundaberg CBD and often the first port of call for tourists, as well as our hard-shelled friends who love to nest on the shore. Nearby Bundaberg beach, Elliot Heads is also worth a visit. Boasting sweeping white sand and turquoise waters, this kite surfing haven also offers calmer waters should you only want to dip your toes.