Backpacking Bundaberg, known for its fruit picking backpacker hostels
The town of Bundaberg also known as 'Bundy' is set back around 10km from the ocean and the beach, the beachside town of Bargara which close by is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and boasts one of the best climates in the world. the foreshore is lined with coral beaches and is close to the coral islands of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Island.
The nautical theme continues within the town itself, with the meandering Burnett River providing laid back boating culture alongside ample fishing and nature reserves.
The town centre boasts all the major shopping outlets and entertainment you would expect from a vibrant town with clubs, theatres and restaurants aplenty. The town is approximately 4 hours drive by car north of Brisbane. Buses do the journey in around 6 hours. Queensland Rail services the area with the tilt train (4 1/2 hours).
Bundy is closely linked to the sugar cane industry. The area is surrounded by cane fields, and the small railway lines are used to transport the harvested cane to the mills. The closeness to the cane mills is the reason for the production of rum, ginger beer, the sugar industry is very associated with the town,and is a large employer in the area.
This town is a great place to come if you are a backpacker who is short on cash, and looking for work. Fruit picking for backpackers is this towns speciality, offering plenty of fruit picking work during harvest time, and farm work the rest of the time.
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