Discover Our City Spirit
The Bundaberg region produces a significant percentage of Queensland's sugar crop. Throughout the year the green mosaic of fields changes as the crop matures and is then harvested.
Whilst there is a swing to green harvesting, a few farmers do still burn-off prior to the harvest and a good spot for cane-fire watching is the "Hummock Lookout" on the way to Bargara. Harvested cane is then transported to the mills by cane trains along many kilometres of track so just be careful at the many crossings as these trains work hard to take cane as quickly as possible to the mills. Most of the sugar produced in the district is raw sugar which is shipped out from the Port of Bundaberg. However, Bundaberg Sugar's Millaquin Mill has significant refining capacity and the familiar yellow packs of Bundaberg Sugar and other sugar products are produced here.
Of course one of the world's best known by-products of our sugar production is the 'Famous Aussie Spirit', Bundaberg Rum. Bundaberg is unique in Australia as it is the only place where the entire range of sugar production occurs - growing, milling, refining, research and distilling. The pride of Bundaberg Rum'svisitor operation is Spring Hill House. The plantation house was transported to its current site in 1991 and lovingly restored. it now houses a museum, souvenir store and bar where tour visitors can taste the Bundy product on site. A tour of the Bundaberg Rum Bondstore facility is a must - enjoy a tasting at the end of your tour.
A non-alcoholic alternative which will keep the kids entertained is the Bundaberg Ginger Beer Barrel - enjoy a True Brew Experience Tour and then taste a sample of their delicious flavours including their famous Ginger Beer.