Bundaberg is a city in Queensland, Australia, rich in agriculture. Bundaberg is approximately 385 kilometres (239 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) inland from the coast.
Tourism is an important industry in Queensland, and Bundaberg is known as the ‘Southern Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef‘. The city lies near the southern end of the reef in proximity to Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands. The nearby town of Bargara is an increasingly popular holiday and retirement destination.
Nearby beaches are popular with both locals and tourists. Moore Park, to the city’s north, has 20 km of golden sandy beach. Beaches on the southern side of the Burnett River are (from north to south) the Oaks Beach, Mon Repos, Nielsen Park, Bargara Beach, Kellys Beach, Innes Park and Elliott Heads.
Tours of the Bundaberg Rum distillery and attractions at Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens, such as the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Australian Sugar Cane Railway, are also popular with tourists. The Mystery Craters, 35 un-explained water-filled holes in the ground, discovered in 1971 at South Kolan, are also a tourist attraction.
Opened in December 2008, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation is an historical aviation tourist attraction that celebrates pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler. In 1928, Hinkler was the first person to fly solo from England to Australia. The museum includes an exhibition hall, featuring multi-media exhibits, a flight simulator, a theatre, five aircraft and the historic Hinkler House.
Other local attractions & events include the Whaling Wall, East Bundaberg Water Tower, Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park, Alexandra Park Zoo, Barrell House, Bundy in Bloom, Whale watching, reef tours of Lady Musgrave & Lady Elliiot islands, the Bundaberg Show, Bundaberg & Childers Regional Art Galleries, The Bundaberg Gliding school, Fishing Charters, The Bundaberg International Air Show, The Woongarra Marine Park.
Bundaberg has a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The climate is the most equable of any Australian town or city and ranked 5th on a worldwide comparison. The mean daily maximum temperature is highest in January at 30.3 Celsius, and the mean daily minimum is lowest in July at 9.9 degrees Celsius. The mean annual rainfall is 1141.0 millimetres.
Bundaberg is well know for its sugar industry & extensive sugar cane fields are found throughout the district and value-adding operations, such as the milling and refinement of sugar, and its packaging and distribution, are located around the city. Most of the raw sugar is exported & a bulk terminal for the export of sugar is located on the Burnett River east of Bundaberg.
|Population||71,000 approx. (2011) (2006) (26th)|
|• Density||268.6/km2 (696/sq mi)|
|Area||252.6 km2 (97.5 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|Location||385 km (239 mi) from Brisbane|