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Childers is the southernmost township of the Bundaberg region and the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, only three and a half hours by car from Brisbane. This historical town is set on top of rolling hills of red soil framed by vivid green sugarcane, avocadoes and macadamias.
The area is well known for its food production and has four wineries to round out its culinary reputation.
On the highway before you arrive in Childers, drop in to the cellar door of Hill of Promise Winery and visitors of all ages will love a visit to Snakes Downunder Reptile Park & Zoo on Lucketts Rd, followed by a Mammino's icecream, famous all over Queensland.
In 1902 a disastrous fire destroyed much of Childers but the subsequent rebuilding has given them the amazing variety of architectural styles still largely intact today. Take a stroll through the cool leopard tree lined streets viewing these magnificent buildings, including the old Palace Backpackers Hostel, Old Pharmacy, Grand and Federal Hotels and Millennium Park.
The best place to start is at the Childers Visitor Information Centre located in the Palace Building in Churchill Street, with the Art Gallery and Backpacker Memorial situated upstairs.
No visit to Childers is complete without a stopover at Vintner's Secret. A boutique vineyard nestled two kilometres from the township. It grows both red and white grape varieties, with a cellar door and quaint café looking out over the colourful gardens and rolling hills.
Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits is a must-see. Drop in and taste varieties of both red and white wines made from both grapes and exotic fruits. The exotic fruits that aren't successful in the making of wine are then turned into exotic fruit jams.
On the other side of the highway you will find Brierley Wines. The drive from the main road to the winery is just spectacular. Brierley's Wines also grow their own grapes so here you can learn about the whole winemaking process from the owners, Tony and Sue.
On the weekend of 25/26 July, the town delivers a weekend of festivities, with non-stop multicultural music and entertainment, hundreds of market stalls and a smorgasbord of food, right in the centre of the Childers township. Here's a link to a selection of our favourite photos from the 2014 Childers Festival celebration.
Nearby Woodgate Beach and National Park offers an unspoilt coastal playground for visitors seeking peace and quiet.
Nestled between Bundaberg and Childers on the Bruce Highway is the delightful stopover of Apple Tree Creek. Boasting a family-friendly picnic ground with great facilities and the famous Flying High Flora and Fauna Bird Sanctuary, the largest walk-through free flight aviary in the country.
The colourful Macaws and the cheeky Cassowary are sure to delight young and old. Childers Eco Lodge is 5 minutes from the Highway, offering a farm stay, hostel style accommodation and weekly Aboriginal Art Workshops.