A popular tourism gateway, Bundaberg caters to all tastes and budgets with an impressive dining scene.
The CBD is a go-to for breakfast. While the ‘big breakfast’ is a common favourite, local cafes are quickly catching up to their capital city counterparts by offering gourmet alternatives and gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Located just moments from the coast, Bundaberg is the great place in which to indulge in fresh seafood. The freshest seafood in the region can be bought at local institution, Grunske’s by the River, which functions as both a seafood market and restaurant.
Bundaberg’s dinnertime possibilities are endless. Bourbong Street in the city centre is a must-visit foodie destination, home to an impressive variety of cuisines – spanning everything from Italian to Mexican and Chinese to Indian.
Bundaberg’s drink of choice is, of course, Bundaberg Rum. ‘Bundy’ is so wildly famous within its home state that it carries the reputation of Queensland’s most widely-consumed spirit. Non-drinkers are also catered to, with Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Both beverages are made locally and shipped nationwide.
Servicing a district population of 112,000, Bundaberg offers ample shopping opportunities.
The city’s top shopping spot is undoubtedly Hinkler Central – a large, fully-enclosed retail complex with more than 70 stores. As well as housing major supermarkets and discount stores, Hinkler Central is home to a wide range of specialty stores spanning fashion, music, sporting goods, beauty, jewellery, electronics and more. There’s also an extensive food court to fuel ambitious shopping sessions.
Held every Sunday morning, the Shalom Sunday Markets offers a completely different and more relaxed shopping experience. Bringing together some 200 stalls, the markets flaunt everything from fresh local produce to handmade crafts and gardening tools. There are also plenty of games and activities to keep the kids busy.
A trip to the Bundaberg Rum distillery is an inevitable part of a visit to Bundaberg. Rum drinkers can buy the sugary spirit in all sorts of shapes, sizes and quality levels, from four-litre wooden barrels to miniature bottles. Non-drinkers can commemorate their visit with t-shirt, glass set or key ring merchandise.