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Published October 7th 2018
More than just gardens
Sprawling across 27 hectares, the sub-tropical surrounds of the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is the ideal place to relax. The gardens are home to themed gardens, magnificent lakes and up to 144 species of bird.
Located on the city's northern outskirts, the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens are open from 5.30am until 6.45pm during September to April and from 6.30am until 6pm from May to August.
The easiest way to explore the extensive grounds is by rail on the coal-fired steam locomotives. The Australian Sugarcane Railway is operated by volunteers from the Bundaberg Steam Tramway Preservation Society and they drive a fleet that comprises a 1914 train built in Germany, a 1911 English Fowler and two Bundaberg foundry trains built in 1950 and 1952.
Plan to spend a day exploring. In addition to its magnificent gardens, the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is home to some great attractions including Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Hinkler House, Bundaberg and District Historical Museum and Fairymead House. A combined attraction ticket is available for these attractions for $24 for an adult and $17 for a senior and these can be purchased from Fairymead House or Hinkler Hall of Aviation.
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is an interactive museum that pays tribute to Bert Hinkler. Bert Hinkler was born in Bundaberg in 1892 and was renowned for his pioneer solo flight from England to Australia.
Whether you fancy dancing the Hinkler Quickstep, boarding a flight simulator, gliding on a glide simulator, sitting in the cockpit of a replica of Avro Baby or watching the Bert Hinkler Story in the Globe Theatre, there is something for everyone.
Admission: Adult: $18 Child (4-17 years): $10 Children under 3 and under: Free Senior Card Holder: $5
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $15
Family (1 adult, 2 children): $10
Included in the admission price for Hinkler Hall of Aviation, the Hinkler House is well worth a visit. Bert Hinkler built this house, named 'Mon Repos' in Southampton, England in 1925. This is the house in which Bert Hinkler planned most of his great solo flights. After his tragic death, the house was transported brick by brick back to Bundaberg and overlooks the site where Bert Hinkler landed on 27 February 1928 after his record-breaking solo flight from England to Australia.
Step back in time at the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum. Open from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Sunday, the museum is packed with artefacts from Bundaberg's history. The comprehensive collection includes old bikes, hospital beds, nurses' uniforms, school memorabilia, toys, farming equipment, sewing machines, plus more modern memorabilia from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Allow at least one hour to explore this unique collection.
The grand plantation house is now a Sugar History Museum. Delve into the story of sugar and the pioneer sugar families of the Bundaberg region.
Built in 1890, the grand residence played an integral part in the early days of Bundaberg's sugar industry. The Young family established the plantation and sugar mill. In 1989 the house was relocated to its current location in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.
It was built with Indian Bungalow architectural design and is constructed mainly of cedar and hoop pile and boasts 16 foot ceilings. Upstairs, visitors are invited to explore rooms dedicated to various themes. The Bell Room is dedicated to the South Sea Islander workers, the Margaret room is dedicated to the Young Family and the Toft Room is dedicated to the Toft brothers, Bundaberg cane harvesters. Downstairs, guests are invited to learn about the process of producing sugar.
Fairymead House is open 10:30 am - 12 pm, Sunday to Friday.
Child (4-17 years): $3
Children under 3 and under: Free
Senior Card Holder: $12
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $40
Family (1 adult, 2 children): $28
If you're feeling peckish, Café 1928 is the perfect place to visit. Located near the Hinkler Hall of Aviation this cosy café sells a range of delicious well-priced meals and treats from mouth-watering milkshakes and pizzas to scones, sandwiches and ice-cream. The café is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Sunday.