I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published August 4th 2014
You don't have to spend much time in Bundaberg to realise how flat it and its surroundnig are. In fact they're so flat that a rise of just 96 metres above sea level offers some pretty impressive views, and that's just what you'll get at The Hummock.
To find The Hummock, you'll need to head out of Bundaberg on either Bargara Road or Windermere Road, and turn off at the aptly named Hummock Road (or just put this road in your GPS like I did). You'll know you're going the right way if you're heading towards the coast and The Hummock is pretty easy to spot when you get close, being the only rise in the area, a lonesome remnant of a past volcano.
There are two sections to what is The Hummock once you reach the summit. The first is a great lookout that offers views you can drive right up to. Here you can see the coast, the town itself and the patchwork of sugar cane that is the land around it (since you can see in both directions--east towards the coast and west towards the town--the Hummock is a place to watch both the sunrise and sunset). A feature on the landscape to look out for is the smoke from Bundaberg Distillery and Mill.
The next section is a little further up and is where you'll find all the facilities. However, I don't actually think it's as good as the first. There's a park, toilets, barbeques, picnic facilities and a playground, as well as a well-maintained boardwalk that takes you up to this section's lookout through some of the Woongarra Vine Scrub. It used to be prolific in the surrounding area, but was cleared extensively during settlement and has given way to farm land.
When I got to this lookout I was disappointed. Either I somehow ended up at the wrong place or the suggestion it has 360 degree views is incredibly misleading. Indeed, the views from here are nowhere near as good as they are from the first lookout: most of the landscape is blocked from view by trees, water tanks and other things.
My recommendation is, unless you have an urge to use the toilets, stick with the first lookout and eat your lunch on the grass of the hill if you bought any. And make sure you do make it to this one, as it truly does have some great views.