Bundaberg

Bundaberg, colloquially known as Bundy, is in Queensland, Australia, south of Rockhampton and north of Hervey Bay.

Understand

Aerial view of Bundaberg, showing the Burnett River and Bourbong St

Bundaberg is closely linked to the sugar cane industry. The area is surrounded by cane fields, and the small railway lines used to transport the harvested cane to the mills. The closeness to the cane mills is the reason for the siting of the rum, ginger beer, and sugar industries associated with Bundaberg.

The town itself is set back around 10km from the ocean and the ocean beaches, along the river. Bourbong street is the oddly named main street (originally named Bourbon Street, but historically misspelled). Parts are also known as the Isis Highway.

The town of Bargara is essentially the beachside suburb of Bundaberg. Home to many modern apartments, accommodation, and resorts with ocean views. It is close to Bundaberg but has a very different feel to the town centre. It has a small shopping and restaurant strip of its own, and a esplanade with barbecues and picnic tables.

The Burnett River runs through a divides the town. It is crossed by two road bridges and a railway bridge.

Get in

By car

Bundaberg is approximately 4 and half hours drive by car north of Brisbane.

By bus

Buses do the journey in around 6 hours.

By train

Queensland Rail services Bundaberg with the tilt train (4 1/2 hours). The Spirit of the Outback services (6 1/2 hours) also passes through the town. Adult fare $62.70 one way.

By plane

Bundaberg Airport (BDB) has four flights a day by QantasLink ] from Brisbane (check for specials). The airport is around 4 km west of the city centre. Car hire is available in the terminal, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Europcar is not in the terminal, but is at the far end of the car park. There is a cafe and an ATM in the terminal building.

Get around

Duffy's buses run mainly school buses, although there are some public routes. In particular buses run between Bargara and the Bundaberg town centre every hour or so on weekdays and every couple of hours on a Saturday.

You really need a car to get anywhere outside the city centre. A number of Backpacker hostels run shuttle minibuses for seasonal workers to local farms early in the morning and back again in the afternoon.

See

Do

Work

Seasonal work can be obtained picking tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. Check with the backpacker hostels for more info. To work legally, you require a valid work visa (not a tourist visa) and you should provide the employer with a tax file number if you do not want them to deduct 48 % tax from your wages (normal non-residential tax rate 29 %). It may be possible to work without a valid visa (cash-in-hand), though occasionally inspectors do checks on farms and at hostels, which could possibly result in severe consequences.

Buy

Bourbong Street, the main drag through town, is partly a shared pedestrian zone with a variety of shops, banks, travel agents and the main post office. There are two other major shopping centres: Hinkler Place, a few blocks to the south on the corner of Maryborough and Electra Sts, and the larger Sugarland in the west (Cnr Takalvan and Heidke Sts), both of which contain most of the major Australian chains between them.

Eat

The Hungry Tum along Bourbong Street in downtown is well known for its signature drink, pink lemonade. Its is a take-away place underneath the City Centre Backpackers, on the western side of downtown.

Sleep

There is a variety of accommodation styles available in Bundaberg. West of the Bundaberg Railway Station there are a number of well equipped motels. In amongst these motels is a variety of food outlets ranging from cafe style food, take away, and restaurants. There are around several backpackers hostels to choose from. One is opposite the bus depot. Two others are opposite the train station. Most of these can arrange farm work and will even provide transport to the farms in the morning and back in the afternoon. For those who wish to camp, caravan and camping parks are located throughout the city.

Bargara beach offers a choice of newer apartment style accommodation closer to the beach.

In town

Bargara Beach

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