FLYIMG FUN: Kayla Nielsen participates in the Glide Like Bert activity at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
FLYIMG FUN: Kayla Nielsen participates in the Glide Like Bert activity at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Nielsen family flies into Hinkler Hall of Aviation

PAYING homage to one of the country's greatest aviation pioneers has already got one Bundaberg family feeling even more at home.

The Nielsen's have recently moved to the city from Gladstone and, as part of the NewsMail's two-week Tourist in Your Town feature, are road testing the various tourist experiences that have put Bundaberg on the map.

After their unforgettable turtle encounter at Mon Repos last week, the next stop for the Nielsen family - Dad, Lee and daughters Brooke, Kayla, Amy and Renee - was the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

The hall - which officially opened in 2008 - pays tribute to Bert Hinkler as a "pioneer of flight" as well as his influence in the advancement of aviation in the early 20th century.

Before their visit on Friday, Mr Nielsen said he knew of the name Bert Hinkler, and that he had grown up in Bundaberg, but knew little about his history in the skies.

But all that changed after spending a couple of hours inside the hall.

"I think I know quite a bit about him now," Mr Nielsen said.

Mr Nielsen said the aviation museum had been a hit with the entire family.

"There was a lot of interactive things which were very good for the kids," he said.

The dad-of-four said the girls had been kept well entertained with all the videos, virtual tours and games on offer, with one flying activity proving popular with them all.

"There was one where you could lie down on a bench and glide around an aerial view of Mon Repos," he said.

"They loved all the interactive stuff."

Mr Nielsen said his biggest tip was for families to allow plenty of time to take in all the sights, information displays and visual presentations.

"I could have spent a couple more hours in there," he said.

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is open all public holidays except for Christmas, and admission is $15 for adults 17 and older, and $10 for children aged between four-16.

If you need even more of an excuse to visit, when Bundaberg locals bring two full fee paying adult visitors to the hall, you will receive your single entry free.

And with wet weather forecast for the rest of the week - what else are you waiting for?