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Bundaberg, Queensland

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Burnett River Cruises

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Enjoy a relaxing two and a half hour river cruise on the beautiful Burnett River aboard the fully restored classic river ferry, the gorgeous Bundy Belle. Tours depart from Grunskes By the River ponton and include full commentary of the river's colourful history.

See the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the Bulk Sugar Terminal, the ocean going yachts moored at the Bundaberg Marina and the trawlers unloading at the seafood processing plants. Enjoy the tranquillity of the river's lower reaches - sit back in comfort in the roomy cabin or upstairs on the deck wih your complimentary tea or coffee. Cold drinks available to purchase on board or welcome to bring your own.

Bundy Belle departs from Grunskes By The River Seafood Market and Restaurant where you can indulge in local seafood delights and many other scrumptious meals.

Please check out their web site or call them for scheduled cruise times, prices and upcoming events.

Attractions

  • Dining and Eating Out (2)
    1. Bundaberg Botanic Gardens and Playground There is something for everyone at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Situated in North Bundaberg on Mount Perry Road, the gardens span 27 hectares of land and feature a magnificent lake which is home to 114 species of birds. Take a walk on the paths to discover the hidden Japanese Gardens and the spectacular temple in the Chinese Gardens. The Bundaberg Botanic Gardens also play home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Hinkler House, Cafe 1928, The Bundaberg and District Historical Museum and the nearby Bundaberg Railway Museum (small costs for entry). On Sundays the Australian Sugarcane Railway offer steam train runs along the train track through the gardens (extra tours run on school holidays). For a very small fee you will enjoy two runs through the park.
    2. Bundaberg Port Marina The marina offers visitors to the Coral Coast a first class marina facility to access the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Visitors and patrons enjoy the relaxed marina "feel" with manicured grass areas and well maintained gardens for you to soak up and enjoy while eating fish and chips beside the river from our takeaway seafood shop. As the "most popular entry point" into Australia, the marina has a diverse range of cultures and vessels that constantly change giving a unique experience for visitors to the region.
  • Entertainment (2)
    1. Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is a large multi-purpose visual arts facility located in the heart of Bundaberg City, and is within walking distance to major shopping centres, cafes and restaurants and the Riverside Parklands.
    2. Moncrieff Entertainment Centre The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre is named after 'Our Glad' Gladys Moncrieff, world famous musical star who was born in Bundaberg. Originally the Olympia Airdome, an open air theatre built in 1920, it was enclosed as the Olympia Theatre in 1955; refurbished as the Crest Theatre in 1973; and reconstructed as the Moncrieff Theatre during 1985 to 1987.
  • Galleries, Museums and Collections (5)
    1. Bundaberg Distilling Company Bondstore The Bundaberg Distilling Co. was born in 1888, when a band of ingenious Sugar Millers turned a horrendous Molasses surplus into fine Rum.
    2. Bundaberg Railway Museum Bundaberg's first railway station, built in 1881 as an outlet for the Mt Perry railway bringing copper from the mines, is now preserved as a proper museum. Located some 500 metres from its original site, the museum houses a wide variety of railway items past and present.
    3. Fairymead House Sugar Museum Fairymead house, built in 1890 to an Indian bungalow plan, was originally the home of the Young family, owners of Fairymead Sugar Mill and Plantation. During 1984, Bundaberg Sugar Company donated the home to the City of Bundaberg as an Australian Bicentennial gift. Relocated to Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, the homestead is now a sugar industry museum, housing photographs and memorabilia exploring the development of the sugar industry, technology and the history of milling over two levels.
    4. Hinkler Hall of Aviation The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is Bundaberg's iconic tourist attraction and aviation adventure experience. More than a museum, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation celebrates pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler and the wonders of innovation, spirit and adventure.
    5. The Whaling Wall The Whaling Wall, measuring six stories tall, is a fantastic marine-life wall mural on one of Bundaberg's highest buildings in the town centre. A local landmark, it offers great photographic opportunities from several locations in the Central Business District. Check it out on your way through town or wander past if you're staying nearby.
  • Historical Sites and Heritage Locations (6)
    1. Bundaberg School of Arts You can't miss the Bundaberg School of Arts building on Bourbong Street. This two storey brick building is possibly the oldest building in Bundaberg still standing.
    2. Bundaberg War Memorial Bundaberg's WWI memorial has the distinction of being unveiled twice - the soldier statue, imported from Italy, had not arrived in time for the ANZAC Day 1921 memorial unveiling and another ceremony was held a year later.
    3. Bundaberg War Nurses Memorial and Park A pavilion in Bundaberg is Queensland's only war memorial specifically honouring the women who tended the injured behind battlelines in WWI. The sugar city's mayor FH Buss officially opened the Bundaberg War Nurses Memorial on 15 October 1949.
    4. East Bundaberg Water Tower The East Water Tower is a must visit as it is believed to be the only circular brick tower in Queensland. Given Bundaberg's relatively flat terrain, this tower is the perfect example of late 19th century technology - using the increased water pressure provided by the tower in order to allow the reticulated water system to flow through efficiently.
    5. Old National Australia Bank Building Take a step back in time and admire the architecture from a different time at the former Commercial bank of Sydney building.
    6. South Sea Islander Church and Hall The South Sea Islander Church and Hall commemorates the enormous contribution provided by the South Sea Islander community in establishing a viable sugar cane industry in Bundaberg. The hall itself was built circa 1920 to cater to the spiritual needs of the South Sea Islander population who were harvesting sugar at Fairymead Plantation.
  • Landmarks and Buildings (1)
    1. The Bundaberg Barrel Next time you're in the Bundaberg area, add a little interest to your trip with a visit to The Bundaberg Barrel. From the unique spilled ginger beer flooring to bubbles in the entrance door of the tour, the barrel showcases Bundaberg Brewed Drink's most famous product - Bundaberg Ginger Beer. The interactive tour tells visitors of its origins, ingredients, bottling and packaging through a unique range of activities and touch screens. Doug and Vince's "Promised Land" holographic three dimensional adventure is not to be missed as is the free sampling of products.
  • National Parks and Reserves (1)
    1. Burrum Coast National Park Burrum Coast National Park is a showcase of protected coastal lowland vegetation types: paperbark swamps (with cabbage palms - especially in the Woodgate section), wallum heaths and mangroves. The Kinkuna section features a narrow picturesque beach, low coastal dunes, tea-coloured waterways and flat sandy plains. Explore the Woodgate section on a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk across a melaleuca swamp or along walking tracks to viewing and fishing platforms, and a bird hide. Canoe across the river, go birdwatching your try your luck at fishing. Enjoy camping at Burrum Point or behind the dunes at Kinkuna (both four wheel drive access only). In late winter and spring, delight in the wallum heath natural wildflower show.
  • Natural Attractions (8)
    1. Alexandra Park, Playground and Zoo Nestled on the banks of the Burnett River on Quay Street, Alexandra Park offers a playground for all ages under the shade of large trees. The kids can play on the playground or run in the large open spaces. The Rotunda gives the park an old time feel. Keep an eye out for locals participating in yoga lessons or walking/running along the Riverside Walk. Alexandra Park is also home to some birds, kangaroos and dingoes. On school holidays check out the times that Old MacDonald's petting zoo visit for an up close encounter with various farm animals. While you are there, keep an eye out as the wildlife keeper may just bring the dingoes out for their daily stroll through the park.
    2. Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park Known as Bundaberg's own "Kakadu", Baldwin Swamp is home to many species of birdlife and wildlife. Meander through the trails and take in the smells of the Eucalypt trees whilst enjoying the peace and quiet Baldwin Swamp offers. The wetlands provide a roosting, breeding and feeding habitat for thousands of waterbirds. You will find Lake Ellen Heritage Hub on the western side of Baldwin Swamp Environmental park.
    3. Kinkuna Section Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known. Kinkuna offers a true coastal wilderness experience for camping or hiking. Sand tracks lead through the predominantly flat landscape dense with vegetation and along the oceanfront.
    4. Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray & Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few.
    5. Lions Park, North Bundaberg Situated almost underneath the Burnett Bridge, this small park and playground offers the kids somewhere to play while Dad drops in a line. You will find a children's pedal power air bike and a set of swings right next to a barbecue and the toilet block.
    6. Mon Repos Conservation Park The largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland occurs at Mon Repos, and from November to March, visitors can watch nesting and hatching turtles on the beach at night. This park is world famous for its marine turtle wildlife spectacle where loggerhead, flatback and green turtles come ashore to nest on an accessible mainland beach. The park is also home to Woongarra rainforest remnants, mangroves, a tidal lagoon and historic sites.
    7. Riverside Parklands and Playground Situated on Quay Street at the end of Targo Street you will find Riverside Parklands. The kids will enjoy playing on the small playground while the adults will enjoy the picturesque views of the Burnett River. There are plenty of take-away food options in the area or bring your own food to cook on the free barbecues.
    8. Sunset Track Part of a string of wetland remnants in the Bundaberg area, Baldwin Swamp Conservation Park is a tiny slice of Kakadu right in the heart of the city. Waterways here provide valuable feeding and breeding grounds for a variety of waterbirds and other wildlife.
  • Parks and Gardens (1)
    1. Lake Ellen Heritage Hub and Playground One of the most interactive playgrounds in Bundaberg, Lake Ellen Heritage Hub is located only five minutes from the town centre. This brightly coloured playground suitable for all ages and abilities also includes a bicycle safety course where the children can practice obeying road signs and traffic directions. Lake Ellen Heritage Hub also includes a wheelchair accessible section which enables all visitors to be able to play.

Events

  • Exhibitions and Shows (1)
    1. Collectamania at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Collectamania will showcase not only the amazing objects people collect but also the unique stories of the collectors themselves, and what got them started on the collecting path.
  • Festivals and Celebrations (5)
    1. Autumn Sounds Bundaberg's newest music festival Autumn Sounds is a boutique food, beverage and music experience like no other. The size of the festival along with the unique character, style of music and surrounds, will no doubt have you relish every moment.
    2. Bundaberg Chinese New Year Celebrations A "juggling' Chinese grandma, Lion and Dragon dancing and stunning performances of artists from Nanning, will be on show at the Chinese New Year celebrations. Step back in time as a series of fun-filled Goat Races will help welcome in "The Year of the Goat". The entertainment will be complimented by appealing craft markets, lip-smacking food vendors and interesting activities, culminating in a dazzling array of fireworks.
    3. Bundy Flavours Festival Come along and celebrate the best their region has to offer at Bundy Flavours Festival, showcasing Bundaberg's locally grown produce and products alongside a celebration of all things food and gardening.
    4. Crush Festival The 2014 Crush Festival marks the sixth year of celebrating regional arts and showcasing high quality arts and culture in the Bundaberg region.
    5. Spirit of Bundaberg Festival The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival aims to bring together locals, rum lovers and travellers to celebrate the best of what Bundaberg has to offer. The BDC will transform the distillery grounds into a festival arena full of fun and excitement for the whole town.
  • Markets (4)
    1. Bundaberg Police Citizens Youth Community Craft Markets The Bundaberg Police Citizen's Youth Club Markets are full of handicrafts and hand made trinkets. There are stalls that specialise in woodwork, decoupage eggs, cards, fresh fruit and vegetables and plants. These markets are held on the second Sunday of each month and are well worth a visit.
    2. Mummas Nest Market Mummas Nest Market is the Wide Bay's boutique family markets. There are over 50 stalls and exhibits attending and they will have a free jumping castle for the kids. Food and beverages are also available. All door proceeds and raffle money raised is donated to local charities. Come along and enjoy,
    3. Sunday Markets At Shalom College The Sunday Markets at Shalom College are the biggest and best market in the area with stalls to explore for everyone. There are 200 stalls operating every Sunday morning where you can enjoy breakfast or morning tea from the barbecue plus cold drinks as well as coffee and tea from the canteen.
    4. The Handmade Expo Market - Bundaberg The Handmade Expo Market. Excellence in Making - Baking - Growing.
  • Sporting Events (1)
    1. Bundaberg Cup The Bundaberg Cup is a Touch Football Community Knockout Event supported by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Tours

  • Half Day (1)
    1. Burnett River Cruises Enjoy a relaxing two and a half hour river cruise on the beautiful Burnett River aboard the fully restored classic river ferry, the gorgeous Bundy Belle. Tours depart from Grunskes By the River ponton and include full commentary of the river's colourful history.

Visitor Information

BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park

94 Twyford Street,
Bundaberg, 4670,
Australia

Freecall: 1800 242 387

Tel: 07 4155 1022
Email: canevillagebig4@bigpond.com
Website: BIG4.com.au/155

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