The 'Big Mandarin' (known sometimes as the Enormous Ellendale), is located at the Big Mandarin Caravan Park. Growing next to it, is an Ellendale Mandarin tree. I have been in the Big Mandarin before, but couldn't remember what was inside. I didn't get inside this time either, as it was fenced off and a notice said to see the caravan park office -...more
This is a lovely walk along the banks of the Burnett River. It begins and ends at the Bicentennial Park.There are a few steep places but generally it is an easy walk. Take water with you if you are doing it in summer - as I did - you will need it.There are some really pretty spots along the walk - you could take your picnic with you instead of...more
At the Heritage Centre it was suggested I take a drive or two around the area and was given three brochures to look at: 'Durong Road', 'Around Town' and 'Riverleigh'.I did take two of the tours and they were a lovely introduction to the town. Not all of the places on the maps were exciting or interesting but they did add to the general feel of fun...more
A visit to this lovely park is a must. There are shaded rest areas, picnic facilities, toilets and a playground for the kids. The park is wheelchair friendly too - another bonus.The Heritage Information Centre is also here and there is a host of information to be found about the area. The day I visited a retired farmer was manning the centre and he...more
Mundubbera relies on backpackers to harvest their crops and to prune their vines. You must be fit and well to do fruit picking as it's hard work, 6 days a week.
The main harvests are Asparagus, Grape - Picking, Mangoes, Citrus, Grape - Pruning.
January - Mangoes
April to September - Citrus
June to July - Vine pruning
August to May - Asparagus
November to December - Grapes
Farm hand jobs may be available anytime of the year.
Coming from overseas, first you need to be aware that you will be isolated as Mundubbera is located 390 kms north west of Brisbane and 249 kms inland of Maryborough.
Secondly, you need to be aware that it gets very hot out here, and that you will be working in the full sun during the hottest part of the year, so great care needs to be taken to protect against the elements. Wear long sleeved shirts, hats and covered footwear.
If you are a overseas visitor, you must have a current working visa that will be checked on arrival.
Work is paid mainly on piece rates (paid on what you pick). Most growers pay fortnightly directly into your bank account, so arrive with all your banking details, Tax File Number and Superannuation details. Ensure you have enough money to cover the 2 weeks when you don't have any pay coming in.
If you do decide to work here, for accommodation, there are two hotels, two motels and two caravan parks located in town. During the busy citrus harvest, accommodation is usually booked out, so bring some camping gear with you as camping may be possible on some farms.
You may be lucky and get a job packing fruit, in that case, you will require comfortable shoes as you will be standing for long hours on hard surfaces.
A vechicle is essential as there is no public transport.
Good luck on your new adventure!
There are apparently many great fishing places around Mundubbera - what with three rivers in the area there must be. But I'm not a fisher-person - I just loved this sign.
Basically be aware - if you are fishing you need to follow the local laws - and do check to see if you do need a fishing permit in the area.
Leaving Mundubbera behind, we drove our Car along a narrow one lane bitumen road through state forest to Carters corner near Durong.It was quite a surprise to see a plantation of Bottle Trees planted in Jack Coe Park, plus a picnic shelter including table & benches. There weren't any toilets, that didn't matter, we just wanted to stretch our legs...more
If you happening to be travelling the Burnett Highway between Gayndah and Munduberra, make sure you look out for Eucalyptus Populnea located on the roadside near Mundubbera.Its common name is Poplar box or Bimble box, a tree that grows well in this area..The species has glossy, rounded dark green leaves and fibrous rough grey bark on the trunk and...more