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Hinkler Hall of Fame - Heatley try's out one of the Flight Simulators

Heatley try’s out one of the Flight Simulators

To think I did not realise this museum was in existence, let alone just a few hours from us!

If you are travelling through or staying nearby Bundaberg, QLD, do stop in to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. 

We brought our 13-year-old and his mate. But this museum is not only the domain of kids, it truly has something for all ages. 

Why was it so good? I am not a lover of planes, but it did not matter. For me, everything was so hands on. Kids were occupied on different machines and activities – hubby the same, with plenty of little known history to catch up on.

It really does “bring to life” Bert Hinkler, a boy so determined he hand-built gliders and flew them successfully on Mon Repos Beach! A man who served in WWI with a pioneering solo flight from England to Australia in 1928 and the world’s first solo flight across the South Atlantic in 1931.

There’s glider simulators, movies, dress ups, you can take a photo in the replica, and walk through Bert’s house. We all loved the flight simulators, but were also amazed by what Bundaberg-born Bert achieved.

You’ll find this enthralling museum at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens – worth a wander, too. Also the location of Fairymead House and Sugar History Museum and the Australian Sugar Cane Railway. 

www.hinklerhallofaviation.com

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Hinkler Hall of Fame - Bert Hinkler's relocated residence and the museum

Bert Hinkler’s relocated residence and the museum

Hinkler Hall of Fame - Glider simulators

Glider simulators

Hinkler Hall of Fame - Dress up and take a pilot photo

Dress up and take a pilot photo

Hinkler Hall of Fame - Dioramas and audio help you envisage Bert's first gliding action

Dioramas and audio help you envisage Bert’s first gliding action

The Hinkler Hall of Fame kept us busy for hours

The Hinkler Hall of Fame kept us busy for hours