The Northern Outskirts of the district takes in tiny rural communities, sweeping sugar cane covered landscapes and rainforested gorges—all within an easy drive from Bundaberg.
The historic town of Gin Gin has a special place in the region’s heart. Located about 50km west of Bundaberg, It was once part of Gin Gin station which was owned by former Premier of Queensland Sir Thomas McIllwraith in the late 1800s. It was also the haunt of Queensland’s only authentic bushranger—the Wild Scotchman—who was famous for robbing mail coaches in the 1860s.
Gin Gin is also close to Lake Monduran, a popular camping ground with plenty of water sport, fishing and recreation facilities.
Heading back from Gin Gin to Bundaberg is South Kolan, home to 35 oddly shaped mystery craters which have been part of the landscape for 25 million years. Sharon Gorge Nature Park is just up the road and offers winding walking tracks through rainforest palms and ferns down to the banks of the Burnett River.
Further south, Childers has three iconic pubs that date back to the late 1800s. The Grand Hotel was built in 1880, the Royal Hotel was built in 1894 and the Federal Hotel was built in 1907. Stop in for a cold drink after a day of exploring.