by Jim Alouat
A BUNDABERG couple has turned a passion for all things Bundy into a simple hipster guide to the region complete with favourite restaurants, beaches and two pub crawls to test out any rum-swilling local.
When Jess and Brad Marsellos married five years ago, they sent out a list of things to do in Bundy to all their wedding guests so they'd enjoy themselves in the Rum City.
"It was a bit of a hipster guide,” Jess says, laughing.
"When a friend gives you a word-of-mouth recommendation it carries much more weight.”
Now, five years later, the couple have turned it into a simple good-time guide website aimed at first-time visitors and locals looking to holiday at home.
The website lists a number of top places to visit with the couple's personal take on local beaches and restaurants.
"Hopefully it's a fun and different take on Bundy's food and nightlife and all the things we love,” Jess said.
On Diamond Garden Chinese at Bundaberg North, the couple write, "the chef is a bit of a local legend” and say the "chill vibes” at Oodies Café is "off the charts”.
Jess says the list has evolved during the past five years with a burgeoning food bowl and exciting tourism opportunities leading to raft of diverse activities.
"You can enjoy things as a couple, solo or with a young family,” she said.
"Bundy is full of little hidden gems.”
The website also features some of their favourite pubs and local brews plus two pub crawls for anyone brave enough.
"Most of those pub crawls were prior to kids,” she said.
"We used to like hanging (out) at the beer garden at the Queenslander and having a laugh.
"The pubs are so close to each other you don't need cab fare.”
Here are some samples from Jess and Brad's website.
At James's Place: "Korean influenced breakfast and burger bar. Truly amazing huge burgers cooked with passion”.
Indulge: "Euro vibe and good strong coffee. Meals are huge so don't be afraid to share”.
Mon Repos: "French for 'My Rest'. Bike path links it with Burnett Heads and Bargara.
Coonarr: "Very private so perfect if you prefer to swim nude. This is not a clothing optional beach, but you often see naked bathers”.
Things to do
Snorkel at Barolin Rocks: "This is one of the few places in the world where you can see coral on the mainland coast. You jump off the black volcanic rock and into a trippy world filled with fish of all sizes”.
Bundy Food Tours: "Go behind the scenes on farms, seafood producers and butchers. We do farming well in the 4670 and supply Australia with a lot of small crops”.
The Paris End of Bundy: "One of my favourite things to do is just sit outside the Grand Hotel in the main street of Bundaberg, drink a beer and watch the world go by”.
For more, check out their Good Time Guide Bundaberg site at goodtimeguidebunda.wixsite.com/gtgbundaberg .