Bundaberg is famous for its rum and other brewed drinks, and this was my first time in the little city. We enjoyed some fun in town before heading to the coast and finding a spot to camp.

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.

Bats in the trees at Bundaberg, December 2010
Like great black fruit, swarms of bats hang in the trees on the banks of the Burnett River.

Watching a train, November 2010
We loved watching the very long train go by when we were in the centre of Bundaberg.

Exploring Bundaberg, November 2010
We explored the boardwalks along the Burnett River. Aisha has discovered that she can climb up fences wherever we are. (I wonder if I'll look back at this photo in years to come and think, "Oh, *that's* when it started!")

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.

Turkey in Bundaberg, November 2010
This lovely turkey has survived countless holiday seasons, care of Bundaberg City Council!

Playing in Bundaberg, November 2010
At the playground, the girls just wanted to play on the truck... This is what they do all day for real, but this time Aisha and Calista were driving!

Picnic in the Bundaberg park, November 2010
We were happy to use the local facilities to make lunch.

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.

Going for a walk, November 2010
We left the truck at the top of Burnett Heads and headed out for a walk to the sea.

Shark Operations Depot, Burnett Heads
Aha, so *this* is where the Australian Great Whites hang out — plotting their nefarious attacks against innocent swimmers!

Walking past the Burnett Heads lighthouse, November 2010
It was interesting to go past the Burnett Heads lighthouse.

David and Calista, November 2010
And then we started walking along the rock wall that provides calm waters for the harbour.

Playing out on the rocks, November 2010
The girls ventured into the water even though it didn't seem so inviting to me.

Brioni crying, November 2010
Brioni is an emotional child. She cries loudly and effusively when things are going wrong.

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.

Elliot Heads, November 2010
We slept alongside the beach at Elliot Heads, but the wind and near-horizontal rain didn't make it inviting to explore.

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!

Finding coconuts, November 2010
We were pleased with our haul!

David with a coconut, December 2010
David sawed the top of the coconut off and served the juice to the girls.

Drinking coconut juice, December 2010
Cali and Delaney loved the juice. The older girls weren't so sure.

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!