Burnett at Bundy
1 December 10
We arrived in the town of Bundaberg before lunch and stopped at the information centre to find a laundromat and other services. Bundaberg is divided by the Burnett River which winds its way further north before emptying into the sea at Burnett Heads.
Bundaberg was surprising because it offers a small public zoo in the centre of town. Attached to a lovely park, the zoo features wallabies, emus, an ostrich, a turkey, ducks, geese and other birds. Although there weren’t many animals, the kids loved watching them all.
Aisha received a bit of a shock when she started to climb up the outside of the ostrich’s fence. It reached around and nipped her neatly on the fingers. I could see it coming and was in position to catch her as she let go of the fence very suddenly.
After enjoying a leisurely lunch, we headed out of town to see what the coast was like. We drove around the port of Bundaberg first before stopping at Elliot Heads.
We saw many no-camping signs around the coastal community. I wonder if travellers have been a problem in the past or if it’s a sign of a greedy council that wants to redirect people into paid accommodation.
The coastal region consists of genteel suburbs where houses vie with each other to obtain water views. It’s a nice place to visit but seems to lack soul.
Finally, we found a nice spot near convenience store at Elliot Heads. The weather was fierce and rainy all night, which was great for David flying the kite but kept us huddled inside otherwise.
We took a long stroll up the esplanade in the morning and to our delight, found some coconuts within easy reach — satisfying our desire to offer coconut juice to the girls!
As the rainy weather pushed us on, we drove back through Bundaberg and found a couple of fantastic op shops to visit. I was thankful for our commercial truck as we double-parked outside a Lifeline with our flashers on. It looked like we were a freighter delivering something to a business, so we got away with it for as long as we needed to!