The Hummock is a dormant volcano reaching 96 metres above sea level. It gives visitors a very rare opportunity to view Bundaberg from an elevated point looking out over the ocean and the coloured patchwork of fields. It is located approximately 10 minutes from the CBD accessible via Bargara Road and Windermere Road.
The Taribelang Aboriginal people were the first humans to inhabit the area. Their 'burning mountain' is the 'Sloping Hummock' of today. There is a large Aboriginal art mural at the site which depicts the violent story of Paddy's Island at the time of European settlement. Paddy's Island can be seen from the Hummock.
The Hummock Reserve is home to the local rainforest community of Woongarra Vine Scrub. This type of vegetation was once prolific in Bundaberg but is now scarce due to extensive land clearing in early pioneering days. It appears scraggly and stunted on the Hummock due to consistent wind pressure. However, a 1997 survey of remnant Woongarra Vine Scrub communities found that the Hummock Reserve supports one of the healtheist examples remaining.
A well maintained wooden board-walk gently winds through the Woongarra Vine Scrub to the lookout. The lookout has striking 360 degree views, extending to the Pacific Ocean in the east and to the Great Dividing Range in the west.
Maureen Schmitt Park is also accessible from the Hummock on Finemore Crescent. It is a revegetation project, completed in 1997, as a joint initiative of the, then, Burnett Shire Council and Landcare. It is named after a local conservationist, Maureen Schmitt, who has been instrumental in community conservation efforts and has greatly improved local botanic information.
The Hummock has:
- Picnic Facilities;
- Observation Point
The Hummock google map is available here»
Please keep dogs on a leash and remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints.
For further Information please contact Council's Natural Resources Department on 1300 883 699