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Weekend Eatinerary: Bundaberg
Forget talking Polar Bears, Bundaberg is more than just rum.
It’s a thriving foodie town where the locals line up at dawn to score the best sourdough in town, local trawlers haul in the freshest seafood for lunch and end the day with some local brews by night. Yep, it’s the kinda town where farmers are the rock stars and the locals are spoilt with an abundance of incredible fresh produce.
If you’re obsessed with food, it’s where you want to be.
Take a quick flight or road trip north of Brisbane and discover a thriving foodie town that’s blessed with both coastal cool beaches and country farm hospitality. Pack your stretchy pants and head to Bundy for a foodie escape!
Who are we kidding; you must head to Bundaberg Rum! It’s iconic for a reason and we recommend you go the whole hog and book a Blend Your Own Rum Experience where you’ll learn the subtle craft of blending, creating your very own blend to take home and enjoy. Finish the tour with a tasting or two and your Bundy weekend is off to a great start!
Check-in at beachside haven C Bargara Resort, a beachfront apartment-style resort where every apartment boasts spectacular ocean views. The modern two or three bedroom apartments are a great base for your Bundaberg foodie adventures, complete with pool and easy access to The Esplanade to stroll to nearby shops and cafes.
Cheers to the weekend at Bargara Brewing Company and head to the brewhouse for beers and wood-fired pizza to kick-start your weekend right. With so many craft beers to choose from, opt for a tasting paddle and try brews with quirky names like Thirsty Turtle, Rusty Roo and Drunk Fish!
Rise and shine and head to The Pocket Storehouse and line up with the locals for the best sourdough, treats and coffee in town. This hole in the wall bakery has a cult following and once you’ve tasted the sourdough cinnamon scrolls you’ll know why.
A must-do for any foodie is jump on one of Suzie’s Bundy Food Tours visiting farms and food-related businesses such as coffee roasters, butchers, seafood markets, bakeries, distilleries and breweries. You’ve never met a more passionate bunch of farmers and producers and really gives you an appreciation of where our food comes from and renewed love and support for our farmers.
Continue your foodie finds with a cruise along the highways and byways of Bundy and stop by the Farm gates for farm fresh produce. Bundaberg’s fertile soil producers a staggering 25% of Australia’s food and 25% of Australia’s macadamias. Be warned, farm gate shopping is addictive and I came home with 2kg of sweet potatoes in my luggage, weirdest souvenir ever LOL.
Bundaberg isn’t just about rum, there’s gin too! Founded by former Bundaberg Rum Master Distiller Rick Prosser, Kalki Moon is a family owned and operated business producing some top shelf gin that’s definitely worth a detour. The cellar door is open Tuesday-Sunday and offer free guided tours and tastings, because they’re good like that. Keep an eye out for their upcoming events, we had the pleasure of attending their ‘Let the Night be Gin’ event for Winterfeast and it was epic! A long table dinner in the distillery with premium gin cocktails, blend your own experience and bottle of our group-blended gin sent to us after the event. How good is that? See the website for details!
You’re spoiled for choice for brunch spots in Bundy. If you’re staying out at Bargara, don’t miss the Windmill Café. Yep, it’s actually housed in a windmill with no apparent links to Holland; but just go with it, you won’t regret it. The menu is a masterful mix showcasing local producers and our Windmill Stack with seared roasted haloumi, Barritt’s Bacon, poached local free-range eggs and drenched in Bronnie’s Worcestershire Sauce was sublime!
In town, Indulge Café also celebrates local producers who are passionate about quality. Their breakfast and lunch menu is dotted with mentions of local producers like One Little Farm, Bundaginga and Tinaberries; many you’ll now know from your Bundy Food Tour, feel like a local yet? The menu is inventive and inviting, it’s all good and the French Toast with One Little Farm’s fresh strawberries, bundy lime curd, blueberry crush, ice-cream and Bundaginga crumble is totally Insta-worthy.
While Bundaberg is brilliant to visit in any season, you can combine your foodie escapes with viewing those cute little turtles at Mon Repos from November to March or diarise to book in for Winterfeast, Bundaberg’s annual 10-day food festival celebrating farm gate to plate in July.
Photo credits to Paul Beutel.
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