Bundaberg is a small city in Queensland, Australia. It lies on the Burnett River, about 385 km (239 mi) north of Brisbane, and has a population of around 71,000 people (2012 estimate). Bundaberg is often known locally simply as Bundy.
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More on BundabergUntil the arrival of Europeans, the area around Bundaberg was inhabited by the Doondora people, particularly around Hervey Bay. The town was established in 1867 by timbergetters Bob and George Stewart. They were joined by farmers. Later on District Surveyor John Charlton Thompson survey and plot out the settlement, which was given the name Bundaberg in 1870. It was gazetted as a town in 1902, and as a city in 1913.
As with a number of other towns in Queensland, Bundaberg grew out of the sugar industry. Sugar cane plantations were successfully established in the area not long after it was established, leading to the construction of the first sugar mill in Bundaberg in 1882. The industry made used of Pacific islanders as semi-slave labor. The sugar industry is still an important part of Bundaberg's economy. It is also a producer of rum made from sugar cane molasses.
In addition to sugar cane, Bundaberg also had a timber industry. Its oldest saw mill began operations in 1868 and only shut down not long ago, on 26 May 2010. Today the city turns its sights to tourism as one of the important components of its economy. It touts itself as the Southern Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with reefs closest to it located at Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
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Visiting BundabergYou can drive to Bundaberg from Brisbane on the A1 highway, a journey of about four hours. There are four flights from Brisbane on QantasLink as well.
Places of Interest in Bundaberg