Fifty kilometres off the highway from Childers, surrounded by cane fields and fruit farms, BUNDABERG is famous for its rum, though the town is otherwise a humdrum place whose attractions are scarcely advertised. Those looking for farm work are virtually guaranteed seasonal employment (mostly Feb–Nov) picking avocados, tomatoes, snow peas and courgettes on farms in the area. Bundaberg lies on the Burnett River, about 15km from the coast where marine turtles mass in huge numbers every summer to lay their eggs on the beaches of Mon Repos. You can also fly from Bundaberg to the local Barrier Reef cay, Lady Elliot Island, which offers a basic eco-resort and good scuba diving.

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