Bundaberg the birthplace of Bert Hinkler
Sep 11, 2013
Enjoying our time in Bundy [as the locals refer to Bundaberg.] The weather has been quite warm with a cool breeze at night. Tuesday morning was wet with a sunny afternoon. The rain was nice, first we have had since leaving the Atherton tablelands.
Bundaberg is a modern progressive city servicing a district of 112,000 people. Bundaberg was named in 1887 with the Great Barrier Reef just off their shores, a great place to visit.
The Burnett River flows through the city and divides Bundaberg in two. A road bridge restored in Heritage colours and a rail bridge crosses the river from the centre of the city to North Bundaberg. A second bridge named the Tallon Bridge was opened on May 8th 1995.
The Botanic Gardens hold more in the way of the history of the district. You can ride an authentic coal fired steam cane train [not working the day we went] Also you can visit the Historical Museum. Fairymead House built in 1890 was moved to its current site almost a 100 years later. It is now home to the sugar museum.
Bert Hinkler is without a doubt Bundabergs favorite son. In a brief lifetime of 40 years, Bert became one of the worlds greatest pioneer aviators. Hinkler Hall of Aviation incorporating Hinkler House can also be found in the gardens. An interesting and enjoyable adventure the museum features multi media exhibits, a flight simulator, the Globe Theatre and five aircraft.
Hinkler House was relocated from Southhampton, England, to Bert's birthplace, Bundaberg, in 1983. The centre piece of the gardens are the lagoons where Bert studied the Ibis in flight.
Visiting Bundy Kegs we could watch the coopers rework salvaged American oak casks into small barrels ready for maturing your favorite wine or spirit. Dave Schmeider was the last cooper to learn the trade at the Rum Distillery, in the early 1980's the rum distillery installed their bottling plant so the trade died as all the rum was bottled before shipment.
Onto Bundaberg Rum, an Australia icon. Born out of the Queensland cane fields. Today the Distillery still stands strong on its original site in Bundaberg, producing approximately six million litres of Bundaberg Rum spirit each year.
Last place on the visiting list the Bundaberg Barrel. A great place to get a taste of the worlds finest Brewed Drinks. Here you can follow the path of ginger beer from Marco Polo to the present.