The annual Childers Festival line up will be offering visitors the chance to take a tour of the Isis Central Sugar Mill and experience an in-depth look into the modern cane to sugar process.
The popular tour is a highlight of the festival’s program year on year and provides an opportunity to witness the method of crushing as well as the spectacular burning of the cane.
Cane Supply, Logistics, Rail and Infrastructure Manager at Isis Central Sugar Mill Paul Nicol said the team always looked forward to the tours as they were a chance to showcase the sugar industry to visitors and provide a further boost to the region.
“The sugar industry is a big employer in Childers and a huge part of what makes up our town,” Mr Nicol said.
“It is a rich part of our region’s history and this is a fantastic opportunity for people to understand the process of sugar as well as how the mill works.
“It isn’t every day that you can get up close to the cane fires and can experience how the cane is harvested.”
Bundaberg Regional Council’s divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the sugar industry was significant to the region and its history and the cane tours were an important way to represent and celebrate that history.
“This farming group do not burn cane for harvest as part of their normal farming practice but like many of the people around Childers, want to ensure that the Childers Festival continues to draw tourists to the local area which provides a significant financial boost to the local community organisations and businesses,” he said.
“This is a very popular event within the festival line up, so I encourage you to get your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out.”
The popular tour is being held on two days, Thursday, 22 July from 5 pm to 9 pm and Friday, 23 July from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Cane tours numbers are limited so get in quickly to secure a spot.
The tour also provides an opportunity for local community organisations to fundraise through a barbecue that is hosted afterwards.
Rotary Childer’s will be organising the barbecue for this year’s event for guests to enjoy as part of the experience.
Cane tours event details:
Where: Departs 3 pm from Riverside Parkland, Quay St Bundaberg or 4.15 pm from Crescent St car park, Childers
When: 5 pm-9 pm Thursday 22 July and Friday 23 July 2021
What: Sugar Mill and Cane Fire Tours
Tickets: $45 adult; $18 child (under 12)