On Monday I talked about the first stop on my road trip, which was Bundaberg. In that post I also mentioned that I visited Mon Repos, a beach where loggerhead turtles come to nest.
I was unlucky, the nesting season doesn’t start until November, so the beaches were totally turtleless…
If you watched that video through, you would have seen that there was a dam three hours drive west of Bundaberg that was full for the first time in 20 years. Unfortunately for Bundaberg, recently they have had the exact opposite problem.
Too much water. Way too much.
Bundaberg was hit quite hard during the floods that affected many parts of Queensland in recent years. It suffered two of its worst floods in history in recent years, the first in December 2010 and the second in January 2013. I can’t begin to imagine how heartbreaking that must have been for residents who had just finished tidying up and getting back to normal from one flood, only to be hit by another.
This powerful video captures those events quite magnificently. I got quite emotional watching it, I think it would be difficult not to. Here’s ‘The story of the 2013 Bundaberg Flood Disaster‘…
It wouldn’t be fair to end on a bad note for Bundaberg though, because if you are looking for somewhere to live in Australia and you don’t want to choose one of the bigger cities or state capitals, this town would be a very good choice.
It has a great climate, it’s only an hour or so away from Hervey Bay and a four hour drive from Brisbane if you fancy a weekend city break. Here’s what you can expect if you move to Bundaberg…
As you can see, Bundaberg does have a lot going for it. Weather permitting.
Next stop, Gladstone.