Boasting a sublime climate, coral-fringed beaches and waving fields of sugarcane, ‘Bundy’ should feature on the Queensland tourist hit parade. But this old-fashioned country town feels stuck in a centuries-old time warp and nothing much seems to happen here. The pleasant main strip is a wide, palm-lined street and the surrounding countryside forms a picturesque chequerboard of rich red volcanic soil, small crops and sugarcane stretching pancake-flat to the coastal beaches 15km away. Born out of these cane fields is the famous Bundaberg Rum, a potent, mind-blowing liquor bizarrely endorsed by a polar bear but as iconically Australian as Tim Tams and Vegemite.
Hordes of backpackers flock to Bundy for fruit-picking and farm work; other visitors quickly pass through on their way to family summer holidays at the nearby seaside villages.