The City of Bundaberg was established to serve as a vital link to the surrounding agricultural district when navigators proved that the Burnett River offered the best commercial means of transport to and from the area. Timber, maize and copper quickly gave way to sugar as the district's principal export. As you may already know, Bundaberg is home to the famous Bundaberg Sugar and Bundaberg Rum. The port was moved from the town reach of the Burnett River to the river mouth at Burnett Heads where the new port was built in 1958. The new port was able to handle the much larger bulk ships being introduced to the coastal and export trade. On 1 November 2009, the Port of Bundaberg became part of Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited.

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