The weather was fine and it looked like it was going to be warm again today. Bundaberg has some great architecture and a lot of the older buildings around town are in pretty good shape. It is a shame we are in town for only two days as there is plenty of things to do. The morning was spent at a small zoo on the banks of the Burnett River. While it was only small, it was free to the public and along with a short walk along the river, it filled in the morning.
Bundaberg seems to have plenty of parks and we chose to walk around the Botanical Gardens to check out some of the local widlife. There were several small lakes to stroll around and water monitors (lizards) and fresh water tortoises were in and around the water. We had to look hard to find them at first as they blended in very well. There were plenty of tortoises with just their noses out of the water, but we did get to see a few sunning themselves on the rocks.
Any trip to Bundaberg would not be complete without a trip to sample the locally made drop of rum. We went on a guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Nothing that creates a spark was allowed inside the factory and that includes phones and cameras. It was an enlightening experience and a sample of their wares at the end of the tour made it an enjoyable afternoon as Dianne is not a rum drinker, I had to consume here share as well. I was just getting a taste for some more, but alas it was time to go back to the van. (I did not drive).
Bundaberg will be on my list of places that I will have to spend some more time at in the future. It is a shame that we only have six weeks on the “big island” and I must return to work soon, if only to fund my leisure activities.