Bundaberg is closely linked to the sugar cane industry. The area is surrounded by cane fields, and the small railway lines used to transport the harvested cane to the mills. The closeness to the cane mills is the reason for the siting of the rum, ginger beer, and sugar industries associated with Bundaberg.
The town itself is set back around 10km from the ocean and the ocean beaches, along the river. Bourbong street is the oddly named main street (originally named Bourbon Street, but historically misspelled). Parts are also known as the Isis Highway.
The town of Bargara is essentially the beachside suburb of Bundaberg. Home to many modern apartments, accommodation, and resorts with ocean views. It is close to Bundaberg but has a very different feel to the town centre. It has a small shopping and restaurant strip of its own, and a esplanade with barbecues and picnic tables.
The Burnett River runs through a divides the town. It is crossed by two road bridges and a railway bridge.
Bundaberg is approximately 4 hours drive by car north of Brisbane. Buses do the journey in around 6 hours. Queensland Rail  services Bundaberg with the tilt train (4 1/2 hours), and slower Sunlander or Spirit of the Outback services (6 1/2 hours). Adult fare $62.70 one way.
Bundaberg Airport (BDB) has four flights a day by QantasLink ] from Brisbane (check for specials). The airport is around 4 km west of the city centre. Car hire is available in the terminal, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Europcar is not in the terminal, but is at the far end of the car park. There is a cafe and an ATM in the terminal building.
Duffy's buses  run mainly school buses, although there are some public routes. In particular buses run between Bargara and the Bundaberg town centre every hour or so on weekdays and every couple of hours on a Saturday.
You really need a car to get anywhere outside the city centre. A number of Backpacker hostels run shuttle minibuses for seasonal workers to local farms early in the morning and back again in the afternoon.
Here you can discover exactly how this iconic Australian spirit is made on one of two tour options. The BUNDY Story is an indoor interactive experience that uses touch panels and visual displays to bring 120 years of rum making to life. The BONDSTORE Experience combines the BUNDY Story with a guided tour around the working distillery where you can see, smell and taste Australia’s favourite rum being made.
The BUNDY Story: Adults $15.00, Seniors & Pensioners $12.00, Child $7.50 & Family (2Adults + 2-3 Children) $37.50. Group bookings can also be arranged.
The BONDSTORE Experience: Adults $25.00, Seniors & Pensioners $20.00, Child $12.50 & Family (2Adults + 2-3 Children) $62.50. Group bookings can also be arranged.
Tours run on the hour, every hour 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. +61 7 4131-2999. Covered footwear required.
Seasonal work can be obtained picking tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. Check with the backpacker hostels for more info. To work legally, you require a valid work visa (not a tourist visa) and you should provide the employer with a tax file number if you do not want them to deduct 48 % tax from your wages (normal non-residental tax rate 29 %). It may be possible to work without a valid visa (cash-in-hand), though occasionally inspectors do checks on farms and at hostels, which could possibly result in severe consequences.
Bourbong Street, the main drag through town, is partly a shared pedestrian zone with a variety of shops, banks, travel agents and the main post office. There are two other major shopping centres: Hinkler Place, a few blocks to the south on the corner of Maryborough and Electra Sts, and the larger Sugarland in the west (Cnr Takalvan and Heidke Sts), both of which contain most of the major Australian chains between them.
The Hungry Tum along Bourbong Street in downtown is is well known for its signature drink, pink lemonade. Its is a take-away place underneath the City Centre Backpackers, on the western side of downtown.
There is a variety of accommodation styles available in Bundaberg. West of the Bundaberg Railway Station there are a number of well equipped motels. In amongst these motels is a variety of food outlets ranging from cafe style food, take away, and restaurants. There are around three backpackers hostels to choose from. One is opposite the bus depot. Two others are opposite the train station. Most of these can arrange farm work and will even provide transport to the farms in the morning and back in the afternoon. For those who wish to camp, caravan and camping parks are located throughout the city.
Bargara beach offers a choice of newer apartment style accommodation closer to the beach.