Bundaberg - Queensland's 8th largest city

Bundaberg lifestyle & location
Bundaberg lifestyle has much to offer, with some of the most affordable living and housing costs on the coast of Queensland and no traffic congestion. It has unspoilt, unpolluted, clean, calm beaches well suited for families with no stingers or crocs to worry about. It has some of the best local fresh produce and seafood in the state and a friendly caring community as well as shopping centres, national retail chains, plenty of dining options, two cinemas complexes, a live theatre, a regional art gallery, three marinas, a wealth of sporting facilities, good medical and educational facilities including a TAFE and a University.

Only four hours drive north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, and 185 kms south of the industrial hub of Gladstone, Bundaberg is situated on the Burnett River, just 15 minutes from the coast and located at the southern end of The Great Barrier Reef, in the Wide Bay Burnett Region.  The region covers an area of 48,488 sq kms and has a population of over 287,000 (2009). The population for the region is forecast to grow by 145,500 people by 2031. More than 80% of the regions’ population is currently located in the centres of Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gympie and Kingaroy.  Projected growth by the Queensland State Government has identified an estimated 63,500 new homes will be required in the region by 2031.

Bundaberg region industry & manufacturing

The area of Bundaberg Regional Council has a population of over 97,000 (2009) and has been identified by the Queensland State Government as the principal regional activity centre for the Wide Bay Burnett Region and the preferred location for growth in the Wide Bay Burnett region, with a skilled and affordable workforce available. Bundaberg airport has been recently upgraded and is now serviced by up to 5 flights a day to Brisbane. The region is considered well placed to support an increase in manufacturing and industry with port, airport, rail & highway access and is considered to be centrally located to the mining hotspots around Queensland.
The region has experienced growth above long term trends due to its highly diverse economy encompassing manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism.  It is home to one of only two aircraft manufacturers in Australia, aircraft component manufacturers, boat builders as well as other well known iconic brands such as Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Bundaberg Sugar.  

Bundaberg should be known as the ‘Fresh Produce Capital’. Due to some of the best water security in the country and rich volcanic coastal plains, the horticultural industry is expanding by 5-10% annually. The Wide Bay Burnett Region is one of the largest fruit, vegetable, nut and herb producing areas in Australia with over 16,000 ha under production returning half a billion dollars at the farm gate annually. Some of the small crops grown in the district include tomatoes, chillies, capsicum, snow peas, beans, squash, eggplant, corn, zucchini, cucumber, mangoes, lychees, macadamia nuts, passionfruit, strawberries, custard apples, citrus, bananas, avocados, grapes, rockmelons, watermelons, honey dew melons, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts and one fifth of Queensland’s sugar crop sugarcane. Fresh seafood is caught in the clean waters off the coast and available locally including prawns, scallops, crabs and reef fish and fine beef cattle are reared in the hinterland and North Burnett areas making the area a culinary’s delight.

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