|Early morning Town Reach Bundaberg on the Burnett River|
|Sights along the way|
Along the way we pass obvious signs of the floods; the occasional washed up boat, wrecked docks, dead trees, eroded riverbanks and destroyed retaining walls. There are also signs of recovery and some large new homes alongside tired old ones. Once we've anchored at Town Reach we see a great new boardwalk with sturdy new docks. No sign of the fuel dock or the Midtown Marina. No, it was all washed away in the last flood. There are no services for boats at the town end of the river, apart from the public dock.
It's Robert's birthday. He's had a look through the online reviews of local restaurants and decided on Indulge Bistro Cafe for "linner"; late lunch/early dinner. It turns out we are in luck. Maybe I've been on the boat too long but I've fallen in love with this place. From the wildly botanical wallpaper to the exciting array of unique desserts presented in the case, they are really speaking my language! Even the menu itself is written like an enticing, beguiling guide to local produce. I can't get enough of this. It might be Robert's birthday but I'm having all the treats.
Bundaberg is a beautiful city to walk around because so much of it's history has been preserved in its architecture. If the grandeur of the city's churches are an indication of Bundagerg's significance as a rural centre then there's no denying sugar has historically been good to the region. In fact Bundaberg Sugar is the largest sugar grower in Australia and Bundaberg is of course home to the famous Bundaberg Rum. We past the distillary and the sugar processing mill on the river just a short distance from town.
We've enjoyed our time in this charming rural city, population around 100,000. Strong winds are forecast for the next couple of days. We need to move on towards Fraser Island but first we'll anchor overnight close to the mouth, keeping an eye on weather conditions, and fuel up in the morning at the Port.