Bundaberg - Rum Factory Tour

Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

June 4 2008

(We are in Bundaberg!!! Staying at the Glenlodge Holiday Village.) So the day started off with bacon and eggs, (roughing it) we normally buy bacon in bulk, like you would pastrami or black forest ham, it is by far the cheapest way to go. Oh and did I tell you everything is in KGs! Takes a little getting used to, everything seems very expensive.

Then off to the Bundaberg Rum distillary, and drunk after about an hour!!! Well just Kylie, since I was driving after all. (hey we couldn't just waste the free drink tickets that came with the admission ticket. I would call it taking one for the team...or maybe taking 3 or 4. hmmm same thing) And no Kylie hasn't tried driving in Australia yet :) Some of the highlights of the tour was one of the molasses vats that can hold 500,000 litres! Three in total. They are very cautious about people wanting to drop stuff in, it would ruin a whole years worth. (we wern't allowed ANYTHING in our pockets and we had to leave anything electronic that could trigger an explosion due to the fumes in the distillery.Cell phones, car keys (alarm), hearing aids!, lighters etc etc) And since to was May and the suger cane season is just starting the vat only had 1 foot of mollasses left, maybe 20,000 litres? ( the inside of this vat looked like looking down at the Canoe Club in Victoria. Huge wooden beams and intricate wood work...pretty fancy for a mollasses vat!) Then off to the fermentation area, where 43000 litres of molasses to changed to 8% alchohol it 36 hours. Not good enough for rum though, so it is filtered again to 70% achohol but that 43000 litres becomes 4000. The remainder to used a fertilizer (it breaks down clay based soils so it is sold back to the farmers that sold the cane in the first place, circle of life...uhhhhm, I mean rum!). After that it goes to holding tanks made of Appallation(ok we can't spell) Yellow pine (only yellow pine), there is a whole story about just that. Apperently the rum in 1888 was first made in old Port barrels, and that gave the rum is golden colour and taste. Soon the barrells life ended and they made new barrels. Well the rum was not the same at all, if fact it wasn't good at all. So, they got the same wood the port barrels were made of and viola, perfect rum, although not golden in colour, more of a yellow. So now they have to add a little something for colour. Back to the holding tanks, this is were the rum is really made, 2 years in the tanks (Australian law to provide a good rum) and they had about 4 billion dollars worth on site. Oh didn't I tell you about the BIG fuckoff electric fence!!!! ( it's a big fence!) (and the taste testing was AWESOME!)

Then we wanted to go to the Bundaberg barrel, or ginger beer factory, but it was closed for some mysterious reason, most likely a tourist trapped in some machinary and died a horrble death. (hey that's my line you buggah)
(We didn't actually see too much of the town itself, we were too busy searching out the tourist traps here for some reason.)

Then to Bargara and a picnic on the beach, and our first swimming experience in Australia! No sharks and no jelly fish, there was an older man in the water when we got there though, no way we would have gone in other then seeing someone already there :) ( it was cold! Well at least colder than we expected. It was actually the beach where all the turtles nest in the summer, Dec-Mar. Called Mon Repos beach. Pretty famous, unfortunatly no huge turtles to see.)

Back home and after a nice steak dinner, well we saw our first SPIDER! (*%^$$#&%^& &^%$#%$#^&!!!!!!!!) Athough it wasn't the biggest I have ever seen, well ok, it was equal to the biggest I have ever seen, (it was definitly the biggest I have ever seen in the wild!!! ) it was fast and scary and was running right for us as we enjoyed a glass of wine. (Oops, there goes the wine! Jeez I am such a Klutz!) I think it was a Huntsman, similar to our wolf spiders, and probably just out hunting at night, well that was before we killed it. Poisonus......not sure!!!???

Anyways, we are all freaked out now and we will probably wear proper shoes and not flip flops at night, but no one died so all is good......right? (windows closed on the van tonight...CHECK!)

Keir and Kylie
Glenwood Caravan Park
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Blake on

Thinking of going on a road trip from Brisbane to the bundy factory soon. Cant wait.

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