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Doors almost ready to open at Hinkler Hall of Aviation

Hinkler Hall opening
The Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

Doors to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation will be opening soon, welcoming the community back in to share in Bert Hinkler's legacy.

The popular tourist attraction, located in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, has been closed since March after coronavirus restrictions were implemented across the state.

Now, Council's Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said staff were excitedly getting ready to welcome visitors again.

“The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is a centrepiece visitor attraction highlighting the life and accomplishments of Bundaberg's pioneering aviation hero Bert Hinkler,” he said.

“Built as a tribute, the Hall is designed to represent an aircraft wing with the building housing the remarkable memorabilia, displays and artefacts that cover the all-too-brief life of a genuine Australian and global hero.”

Hinkler Hall opening soon

Cr Learmonth said the museum would officially reopen on Monday, 15 June with restrictions in place to ensure visitors were following social-distancing measures.

“A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the museum at one time, with entry via the front door and exit through another door,” he said.

“Hand sanitising stations will be available for use and visiting time will be limited. Special exhibits such as the Globe Theatre will only be able to include four people inside at once.

Hinkler Hall opening
The Globe Theatre inside the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

“Fairymead House will also reopen from Monday to Friday while the Hinkler Hall of Aviation will be open daily.”

Cr Learmonth said there would be some new features noticeable inside the museum once it reopened.

“Council is very much looking forward to welcoming tourists and the community back to enjoy our wonderful museum and share in Bert Hinkler's legacy,” he said.

“The Armstrong Siddeley will be again on display and will feature a brand new radiator. We have also had a new shop fit-out recently completed inside the building.”

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation, located in the Botanic Gardens, is set to reopen on Monday, 15 June.

To find out more ahead of Hinkler Hall opening click here.

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