Located on the banks of the Burnett River, Bundaberg is a well-known city and also the largest in an area producing much of Australia's fruit and sugar. Bundaberg was originally established as a town of timber-getters in the 1860s, it has since grown into a unique pleasant city popular with travellers, particularly families and nature enthusiasts.
Being a short drive from a range of scenic beaches, and in an area with lots of heritage and historic places to visit, Bundaberg is an excellent city to explore with a rental car. Auto Europe offers several hire car pick up locations in Bundaberg, Queensland, and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Bundaberg is both easy and economical.
Located in the sub-tropical region of Queensland, with easy access to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and various islands, Bundaberg is a favourite destination for many travellers. Being 15km from the coast, and a short drive from many unique attractions, a rental car will give you the freedom to get around and see the things that interest you.
Once a town thriving on the timber industry, the area around Bundaberg soon turned to farming, and now produces much of Australia's sugar, fruits and vegetables. The home of world famous Bundaberg Rum, the distillery offers tours showing the process of making rum from beginning to end, with taste testing included also. For families travelling with children, the Bundaberg Barrel is an alternative, with tours of how another local icon is made, Bundaberg Ginger Beer.
For an insight into the area's history, the Bakers Military Memorabilia Museum houses one of the largest collections of relics and antiques from war periods and is rivalled only by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. To get a good view of Bundaberg and the surrounding area, drive your rental car up to The Hummock, a 100-metre tall hill, once a volcano, where you can get a panoramic view of the city and coastline. On clear days you can even see out to Fraser Island.
For those who wish to escape the mainland, there are a few island close enough for day trips and sightseeing. Park your hire car at the Marina near Burnett Bridge, and head out on a cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, a tropical paradise, surrounded by colourful reef, perfect for diving or snorkelling. Also popular is Lady Elliot Island, however, to get there you will need to leave your rental car at the airport and get across on a flight.
A short 10-minute drive in your hire car from Bundaberg, you will find a range of pristine beaches where you can relax and unwind. The Oaks Beach, Bargara Beach and Kelly's Beach are popular favourites. Here you will see the largest nesting site for turtles in mainland Australia, with turtles laying their eggs around November and December, and the tiny hatchlings emerging from the nests between January and March.
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