Bundaberg boasts a huge amount of heritage complimented by their historical societies, museums and factories. The Hinkler House and Hall of Aviation, Historical Museum and Fairymead House are all in the same complex as the Botanic Gardens, while the Bundaberg Barrel, Sugar Mill and Distillery are all in the same area. This makes a day or weekend visit to see the heritage of Bundaberg quite easy.
Here you can find Bundaberg Brewed Drink’s most famous product – Bundaberg Ginger Beer. The tour tells you of its origins, ingredients, bottling and packaging through a unique range of interactive activities and touch screens.
Location: 147 Bargara Road
Contact: 07 4154 5480
Open: Monday – Saturday 900am to 430pm
Prices: Adult $12.50, Child (5-17) $5.50, Concession $9.50
Bundaberg Rum Factory
The Bundaberg Distilling Company was founded in 1888, when a band of ingenious Sugar Millers turned a huge molasses surplus into Rum.You can take a self-guided or guided tour through the factory where you can see, smell taste your favourite rum being made.
Location: Avenue Street
Contact: 07 4131 2999
Open: Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm
Prices: Adult $15 (self-guided) or $25 (guided), Child (4-17) $7.50 (self-guided) or $12.50 (guided), Concession $12 (self-guided) or $20 (guided)
Bundaberg is unique in Australia because it is the only place where the entire range of sugar production occurs – growing, milling, refining, research and distilling. Bundy Sugar has been a leader in the Australian Sugar industry since 1882. It is one of Australia’s largest cane growers, and owns and operates sugar mills in Queensland. Millaquin mill is at the original site on the bank of the Burnett River in Bundaberg.
Location: 4 Gavin Street
Contact: 07 4150 8500
Hinkler Hall of Aviation & Bert Hinkler’s House
Solo aviator Bert Hinkler is celebrated here at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. The exhibition hall features interactive displays, multi-media exhibits including how important his journey was to the Italians, a flight simulator, artefacts from Hinkler, and the Globe Theatre which maps Hinklers around the world journey. Outside, and included in the price, is the historic Hinkler House where you can walk through and read about the other side of Hinkler, his family life.
The interactive experience with the displays and historical artefacts was a great feature of the museum.
Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Cnr Mt Perry Road & Young St
Contact: 07 4130 4400
Open: Monday-Sunday 9am to 4pm
Prices: Adult $18, Senior $12, Child (4-16) $10, Infants (0-3) Free
HOLIDAY DEAL: This ticket is valid for 3 days from the date booked and includes a tour of Fairymead House & Sugar History Museum valid at 11am, Sunday to Friday only. Must be used on the same date as the Hinkler Hall of Aviation visit.
While you are here, do not forget to take a break and enjoy a snack or some lunch at Cafe 1928.
The Bundaberg Historical Museum preserves history on local people, businesses, buildings, and schools. There are over 3000 photos on display which are available for purchase.
Location: 6 Mt Perry Road
Contact: 07 4152 0101
Open: Monday-Sunday 10am to 4pm
The Bundaberg Railway Historical Society and Queensland Rail Heritage have come together to bring us the Original North Bundaberg Railway Station, a National Trust listed building. A collection of historical artefacts and memorabilia is housed here at the museum. You can visit the signal cabin, try your hand at the working items, see the rolling stock, or check out the dislpays outside.
Location: Cnr Wilmot St & Station St
Contact: 07 4152 7070
Open: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am-3pm
Prices: Adults $4, Children $2