A day in Bundaberg (again)

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Bust of Bert Hinkler in Bundaberg

After yesterday’s trip we decided to have an easy day in Bundaberg. It turns out that this may be a bit of an issue as we are losing our window on the weather for traveling south, but we both wanted a bit of a rest.

We had to fill up on water and fuel and a few groceries. So we got the free shuttle to the IGA to get the food and filled the tanks from the marina.  All went well and very helpful people everywhere.  We completed a few jobs and then got the free shuttle to town.  At this point we were confronted with about a 4km walk to the Hinkler museum (it didn’t look far on the map, was somebody’s, who shall remain nameless, comment}.  This was something we missed last time, probably because I looked at the map last time….  Bert Hinkler was an important aviator and in 1928 he completed the first flight from the UK to Australia here.  The reason he chose Bundaberg, was because this is where he was born and bought up.

So in the heat we walked to the museum.  It was not a bad walk as we crossed the river and saw a lot of town.  The museum was great.  I did not realise that he was not just a pilot, but was actually designing aircraft and was an accomplished engineer in his own right. He built a glider from his own design which he fly from the local beaches, only a few years after the Wright Bros., when he was just 19 years old.

Well the museum was well worth it.  We then headed back for the town again, but this time by bus.  Well not quite; we missed the last bus by 3 minutes.  So we had to walk it again.  This time we went through the botanic gardens, which was well worth it.

We waited for the shuttle bus back to the marina to arrive where we were told to wait, but it never did.  But rather, the regular bus and the last bus, arrived at the time we thought the shuttle was to arrive, so after a bit of confusion, we got on the regular bus.  Turns out there is no free shuttle bus to return on.

On Friday night the marina puts on a free BBQ.  We meet up with a number of people we had seen previously as well as a bunch of people coming on a rally from New Caledonia.  Seems they were keeping the immigration department busy.  It was a good night.

Not a lot of else to tell you.  But we are off to Woody Island tomorrow, with a bit of luck.

Allan and Hilary.

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Bert Hinkler’s first plane
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Another of his planes
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One of the engines he used.
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One of the planes he helped to design.
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This spare was on his original glider. It was later flown on the space shuttle. But it was on the flight which blew up. But amazingly, they recovered it from the wreckage and it was returned to Bundaberg.
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Another of his early planes
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The botanic gardens.
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Hinkler’s house when he was living in England. They transported it brick by brick and rebuilt it here.
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The bridge across the Burnett River in Bundaberg. It was completed in 1900.
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The Burnett River with the town centre on the right.
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The Bundaberg town centre.
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