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Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

From the Minister

Message from the Minister for Tourism Industry Development
The Hon Kate Jones MP
Welcome to Australia's biggest food and rum festival, The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival 2018. 

Held on the grounds of the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery, festival attendees can expect rum-inspired delicious food and drinks, the latest Bundaberg Rum releases and great local music.
The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival 2018 through Tourism and Events Queensland's Destination Events Program, which helps drive visitation, increase expenditure, support jobs and foster community pride. Congratulations to the event organisers and all those involved in delivering this event. 

The Bundaberg region is known as the home of outstanding seasonal produce, the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, incredible nature and wildlife encounters and charming country towns. 

If you're visiting with us, I encourage you to explore these experiences and create some wonderful Queensland memories.

The Hon Kate Jones MP
Minister for Tourism Industry Development 

Crush Festival

In 2018, Crush Festival celebrates ten years of showcasing high quality arts and culture, and it is clear that this year features the biggest, brightest and best line-up of talent that Bundaberg has ever seen.

The 10-day festival gives you an opportunity to explore lots of different art forms, with this year's program featuring music, film, theatre, street parties, arts, crafts and more.

The Crush Festival has grown immensely over the years, attracting over 16,000 people in 2017. The dates for this year are: October 5th to October 14th 2018.

Crush Festival showcases the deeply loved community arts development activities that help to define the Bundaberg region as a cultural powerhouse.

The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival forms part of the Crush Festival event calendar.

Full program information can be found at
Crush Festival 2016

Where to Stay

No camping is permitted at the Distillery for the Spirit of Bundaberg Festival. We have arranged a number of deals with our tourism friends locally which we encourage you to check out.


To book, phone 1800 823 911 or 07 4150 5000. For more information visit or visit them at 19 - 25 The Esplanade, Bargara QLD 4670.


To book, phone 07 4154 7757. For more information visit or visit them at 54 Miller St, Bargara QLD 4670.

Kelly's Beach Resort

To book, phone 1800 246 141 or  07 4154 7200. For more information visit or visit them at 6 Trevors Road, Bargara QLD 4670.


To book, phone 1300 244 472 or 07 4155 1022. For more information visit or visit them at 94 Twyford Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670.


To book, phone 07 4152 4999. For more information visit or visit them at 56 Takalvan St, Bundaberg QLD 4670.

Manta Bargara

To book, phone 07 4159 2266. For more information visit or visit them at 95-97 Esplanade, Bargara QLD 4670.


The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival would like to thank Tourism and Events Queensland, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, the Bundaberg Region Council and the Crush Festival for their support..

Bundaberg North Burnett TourismBundaberg Region Council

Its live

How to Get there

The best way to get to the Festival is by car. If you're planning to drink though - plan not to drive. Yellow Cabs offer taxi services across Bundaberg.

Book by phoning 131 924.

Yellow Cabs