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Guided tours explore Hinkler Hall, Fairymead House

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation guided tour will explore the history of the region's pioneer aviation hero Bert Hinkler.

Guided tours of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Fairymead House Sugar History Museum will begin next month, giving visitors a deeper insight into the history featured within each venue.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the tours were a fantastic opportunity for residents and visitors alike to discover more about Bert Hinkler and Bundaberg's pioneer sugar families.

“The Hinkler Hall of Aviation, built in the shape of a wing, is a tribute to Bundaberg’s aviation hero Bert Hinkler and features many wonderful artefacts, videos and memorabilia,” he said.

“Likewise, the region's sugar industry is highlighted at Fairymead House through amazing photos and items from the pioneering families and workers who established the industry.

“These guided tours will explore both museums' features more deeply with the opportunity for participants to ask questions and find out more about our region's history.”

Bundaberg Regional Council's Tourism Facilities Supervisor Tracey Kelly said a guided tour of Fairymead House would be featured multiple times a week.

“Be enchanted by this grand plantation house as you discover the history of the pioneer sugar families from Bundaberg, uncover the enormous contribution by the South Sea Islander community and discover the process of producing sugar, from cane to crystal,” she said.

Fairymead House Guided Tour Struan and Judith Robertson

“The Fairymead House Sugar History Museum guided tour will be available from Monday to Wednesday at 10.15am concluding at 11am, followed by free time for visitors to explore the Museum on their own until noon.”

Tracey said the Hinkler Hall of Aviation guided tours would also be available from Monday to Wednesday at 9.15am, 11.45am and 1pm.

“Come and be amazed by the awe inspiring, dynamic and unique structure of soaring glass and steel made in the shape of an aircraft wing with this commentated guided tour bringing to life the adventures and achievements of Australia's famous pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler,” she said.

For those who prefer the flexibility of learning and exploring at their own pace, Tracey said a self-paced tour would also be offered.  

“Self paced tours will still be available at Fairymead House between 10am and noon Sunday to Friday and between 9am and 3pm at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation Sunday to Sunday,” she said.

Guided tours will commence at both Fairymead House Sugar History Museum and Hinkler Hall of Aviation on Monday, 5 July.

Hinkler Hall of Aviation Guided Tour Kym-Maree Murphy with Julie Hill and Alan Jurd.

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