Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tarry a While and Take in Bundaberg's Delights

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tarry a While and Take in Bundaberg's Delights

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RUM, ginger beer and turtles are among the first things that spring to a majority of Australians' minds when they hear the word Bundaberg.

Those words have become a part of the town with good reason.

Situated on the east side of town, the Bundaberg Rum Distillery is almost hidden away in the shadow of the neighbouring sugar mill.

Established in 1888, it was not until almost 100 years later that the distillery started to capitalise on the popularity of the well-loved drink.

In 1986, guided tours began to run regularly at the site.

Thousands of thirsty rum lovers still make their way to the distillery each year for a tour with the promise of a stiff drink at the end of the visit.

Bundaberg Rum bond store spokesman Duncan Littler said the distillery offered two types of tours, allowing visitors access to almost all the secrets of the drink.

The first tour, which takes about 30 minutes, is self-guided and uses touch screens to explain the history of the facility.

Visitors also have the option of a guided tour which takes a walk through the storage sheds and bonds.

Both tours end in the bar and adults are able to sample some of the products.

C[pounds sterling]The numbers (taking a tour) are going up every year,C[yen] Mr Littler said.

He said visitors would not be getting any free recipes, with the rum's ingredients a closely guarded secret.

C[pounds sterling]Visitors are also asked to arrive about 10 minutes before the tour leaves for a short safety demonstration,C[yen] he said.

Next to the distillery is the popular retail store: the largest Bundaberg Rum retail store in the world.

C[pounds sterling]There is some merchandise there ... not available anywhere else,C[yen] Mr Littler said.

C[pounds sterling]A lot of people like to browse to see what they can find which is not anywhere else.C[yen]

The Bond Store has also become the regular location for launches of limited editions of the rum.

Hundreds of people waited overnight in pouring rain to get their hands on a bottle of Bundaberg Black in December 2010. …

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