Bundaberg, well-known for its sugar has a population of over 43 000, and is 368 kilometres, 230 miles, north of Brisbane in Gureng Gureng country at the southernmost access point to the Great Barrier Reef.
There is over 140 kilometres, 87.5 miles, of unspoilt beaches that stretch from Woodgate to the Town of 1770. These are stinger free and range from surf to calm water. Many creeks and river estuaries provide ideal spots to drop a line and fish.
With its pristine environment the region is home to many marine creatures.
Humpback whales pass close to the shoreline en route to Platypus Bay on Fraser Island.
Turtles have a special affinity for this part of the world with Australia's largest mainland rookery situated at Mon Repos Beach near Bundaberg.
Bundaberg Sugar Cane Fields
Sugar, beef, tomatoes, avocados, melons and many tropical fruits all form a key part of the area's industry and creating a rural experience in the hinterland.
The Bundaberg district produces one fifth of Queensland's sugar crop. Throughout the year the green mosaic of fields changes as the crop matures and is harvested. Milling of cane, known as the crush, continues from July to November.
Whilst there is a swing to green harvesting, many farmers still burn off prior to the harvest. The cane leaves burn rapidly with flames shooting high into the air, these cane fires which normally occur at dusk are a popular sight with photographers.
Bundaberg is unique in Australia as the only place where the entire range of sugar product activities occur; growing, milling, refining, research and distilling.
Bundaberg Distilling Company uses molasses, one of the by-products of sugar milling, to produce the now famous Bundaberg rum. Distillery tours are available, be prepared for the potent smell of molasses, and there is a bar in Spring Hill House where you can taste Bundy product right on site.
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