BUNDABERG 2021 – APEX celebrates 90 years of Community Service

 

Apex Australian 2021 AGM/Convention will be held in the beautiful Central Queensland town of Bundaberg - from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th October, 2021.  With that pesky global pandemic not allowing us to properly celebrate our Apex Australia 90th Anniversary earlier this year – we’re going to make sure we recognise and finally celebrate this great achievement in 2021.  

The full conference agenda will be released closer to October, but a sneak peek - Friday afternoon we have organised for delegates to do a guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery.  Even if you don’t drink rum – this is a fantastic tourist attraction.  At the Friday Night Social we’ve got live entertainment by Mark Lavender and we’re asking Delegates to dress in colours or costume to represent their club home town.   For example, you might see some of the Bundy crew dressed as a bottle of rum, a turtle or ginger!  Saturday night’s Gala Dinner will also have live entertainment and a special Guest Speaker.  Get thinking about those costumes!

If you’ve never been to ‘Bundy’ (as the locals call it) it’s a major regional town of approximately 95,000 people a bit over 4 hours drive north of Brisbane.  Built either side of the Burnett River and with a friendly country town feel; Bundy has beautiful climate year around and October will be warming up with days in the mid to high 20’s and nights in the mid to high teens.  Only 15 kilometres inland from the beautiful Coral Coast, Bundy is an important agricultural hub with all the benefits of being located so close to magnificent swimming beaches and at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.   

Bundaberg is probably best known for it’s world-famous Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer and the Mon Repos turtle hatchery.  The sea turtle ‘season’ doesn’t officially start until November, but October is within the Humpback whale migration season and whale watching tours leave from the Bundaberg Port Marina during the season.   However, if you spend any time along the coast at any of the surrounding coastal villages – Bargara, Elliott Heads, Burnett Heads - you can often spot whales playing or resting close to shore on their return migration.  Sometimes a mere 100+ metres off the shoreline.

Explore the beautiful Coral Coast before, during or after your conference time – our white sandy beaches are perfect year-round for swimming or paddle boarding; enjoy rock hopping the volcanic rocks or swim in secret mermaid rock pools; walk, cycle or scooter the flat accessible paths along the coastline; and Elliott Heads is one of the best kite surfing locations in Australia!

The rich red volcanic soil of the region sees Bundaberg and surrounds as the food bowl of Australia - one of the leading regions for the growing of a wide variety of crops including sugar cane, macadamias, avocados, tomatoes, flowers, dragonfruit and sweet potatoes.  Farm gate stalls and shops are a popular destination for visitors wanting to buy the freshest produce before it hits the markets.   Depending on this year’s Sugar Cane Harvest, you might see a Sugar Cane Fire and the sugar cane trains that run around the district and through the inner suburbs to the Bundaberg Sugar Mill.

Spare time in Bundy?   Members of the Apex Club of Bundaberg recommend the following for any time you have before or after conference commitments:

  • The Hinkler Hall of Aviation

  • Kalki Moon Gin Distillery (Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards) or Ohana Cider House & Winery. 

  • Tinaberries – a working Strawberry & Passionfruit farm serving the most amazing ice creams made from their own produce  

  • Fairymead Sugar History Museum & the Sugar Cane Railway

  • Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery & Gift Shop

  • Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

  • Bundaberg Port Marina

  • Alexandra Park Zoo – Bundaberg Council’s free zoo minutes from the centre of town

  • Reptiles Down Under Animal Park – a short 45 minute drive to nearby Childers

  • Flying High Bird Park – a short 45 minutes drive to Apple Tree Creek

  • Beaches – fishing charters, reef tours, kite surfing & stand up paddle board lessons,

  • Southern Great Barrier Reef – reef trips to Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliott Island

  • The Hummock – this extinct volcano between Bargara & Bundy has the best views in the district of town, the coast and our beautiful red soil farmland

  • The Barrel - home of Bundaberg Ginger Beer at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

  • From Bundaberg is only a short drive to Woodgate, Childers, Gin Gin, Agnes Waters & Town of 1770, Mt Perry, Moore Park Beach

 

For more information about the Bundaberg and Southern Great Barrier Reef region – check out bundabergregion.org

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