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. The beachside town of Bargara is essentially the beachside suburb of Bundaberg. Home to many modern apartments, accommodation, a resorts with ocean views. It is close to Bundaberg but has a very different feel to the town centre.
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 can also be reached by air (QantasLink) from Brisbane (check for specials). The airport is around 4 km west of the city centre.
Duffy's buses run mainly school buses, although there are some public routes. Otherwise 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.
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 is well known for its signature drink, pink lemonade.
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.
Coral Villa Motel in Bundaberg  offers you friendly, affordable accommodation in a garden setting which includes an 18 meter swimming pool and guest bbq area. We have motel style units and self-contained units with kitchenettes. Coral Villa Motel - 56 Takalvan Street - Bundaberg, QLD 4670 Australia Phone: (07) 4152 4999 - Fax: (07) 4152 4541 - Toll Free in Australia - 1 800 644 014.