The World Around Us

Bundaberg’s Rum

Country: Australia by Lisette


From Great Keppel Island I took the bus to Rockhampton, Queensland’s Beef Capital. As with Mission Beach, this was a real hit and miss. It seems there are hardly any locals around; there is nothing to do except for a brief visit to a marl stone cave. Quickly I hop back on the bus and go to Bundaberg where a lot of tourists try to earn some money by working in the fields.

They pick amongst other vegetables tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and many kinds of fruit. Everyone gets up at 4am –except me of course!– and comes back after roughly ten hours. Disaster is about to happen. Imagine about one hundred young people hungry at 5pm in a kitchen with 2 gas stoves and one tap. And I, I just go out for cheap dinner the few days I am here.

Bundaberg is known for three things: seasonal labour opportunities, the rum distillery and watching seas turtles. In this blog post I will tell you about the rum, find out about the turtles here.

My new fav drink!

“Rum is delicious! I never knew how yummy it is, I’ve been missing out big time”, I say to a fellow tourist who is taking the same tour as me (and as me is ending with a tasting). The big favourite in Ozzie is Rum Coke; often you can even get it on tap. Bundaberg Rum is a smart company.

If you have a sweet tooth, I highly recommend the combination of rum with coffee, chocolate and caramel. I am not a coffee drinker and certainly not a coffee lover, but in this combo it is great. I first decline having it with cream, but it is so heavy and sticky that you don’t really have any choice.