Bundaberg, Queensland

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Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region in Queensland, Australia. The city lies on the Burnett River, approximately 385 kilometres (239 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) inland from the coast. Bundaberg is a major centre within Queensland's Wide Bay-Burnett region.

The city name is thought to be an artificial combination of bunda, the Kabi Aboriginal word denoting important man and the German suffix berg indicating mountain.[2] The city is colloquially known as "Bundy".

The local Aboriginal group is the Gurang Gurang (goo-rang goo-rang) people.

Bundaberg has sister city agreements with Nanning, China and Settsu City, Japan.

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History

Bundaberg as a European township was founded by timbergetters Bob and George Stewart and Lachlan Tripp in 1867. The first farmers in the area arrived soon after. Timber was the first established industry in Bundaberg. In 1868 a sawmill was erected on the Burnett River downstream from the Steuart and Watson holdings.[3] The city was surveyed, laid out and named Bundaberg in 1870.[3]

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