Discover Childers through festival tours

The Isis Central Sugar Mill tour lets you witness the magic of a cane fire.
The Isis Central Sugar Mill tour lets you witness the magic of a cane fire.

The upcoming Childers Festival is a highlight on the region's event calendar and with tours galore there's more than one way to explore everything the area has to offer.

Tours offering up historic storytelling, industry experiences and delicious displays will take place in the lead up to the festival event next month.

See our sugar production

Experience the journey of sugar cane from crop to crystal on this entertaining and informative tour.

Council's Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said participants would witness exactly how sugar was created at Isis Central Sugar Mill.

“Enjoy the spectacle of modern harvesting at a cane farm, watch a locomotive hauling cane bins to the mill before stopping at various locations around the mill where the process of sugar cane production is explained,” Cr Peters said.

“This tour lets you experience the spectacular sight of a cane fire and finishes off with a delicious barbecue dinner in Childers.

“It's always a very popular event so get in quick to secure your place!”

Tours will take place on Thursday 25 July and Friday 26 July at the Isis Central Sugar Mill.

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The Isis Central Sugar Mill tour has been a popular event over the years.
The Isis Central Sugar Mill tour has been a popular event over the years.

Taste Childers

For those who love food, the Bundy Food Tours offer an amazing foodie experience unearthing the dynamic food and beverage producers in the region.

“In this tour, guests will meet local producers of the Childers agricultural region,” Cr Peters said.

“Enjoy a full day tour including visits to Donovan’s Avocado Farm and Hill of Promise Winery.

“Discover the diversity and abundance of produce grown in this region while meeting the passionate and friendly food producers.”

The Taste Childers food tour will be held on Thursday, 25 July.

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Paragon Theatre tour

Join Merissa (who between her and her grandparents have owned the building for over 50 years) where she will host a full “behind the scenes” tour of this state heritage listed, entertainment venue.

The tour includes a Paragon Theatre postcard and a drink of choice from the espresso bar (excluding premium beer and spirits).

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History on show

Discover the diverse, rich history that lies behind the fascinating town of Childers with the Childers Festival Historic Bus Tour.

Long-time resident Warren Martin has been conducting the tour event for the past ten years.

“I begin with discussing the geological formation of this Isis area and the traditional owners,” he said.

“I also talk about the first pioneering people who came through here with cattle and sheep then the discovery of the Isis scrub.”

Mr Martin said his tour also highlighted the timber and sugar industry as well as the amazing produce the region grows.

A beautiful vineyard in Childers.

He said his tour wasn't just for visitors to the region, it would also be an interesting insight for the locals.

“You just have to have a look at the place to see the whole town is basically heritage listed,” he said.

“There is so much history here.

“I find that people who participate in my tours already know small parts but even locals end up finding out things they never knew before.”

Mr Martin is a fourth-generation resident of Childers and said he loved everything about his town.

“I went through school here and came back as a teacher and now I am retired and have land here,” he said.

“I can't think of a better place to live.”

The Childers Festival Historic Bus Tour will be held on Saturday 27 July at 12.30 pm.

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