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Stories from Bowen, Top of the Whistundays

Thinking about visiting Bowen? Check out the stories about Bowen below, covering all you need to know about our region!

The Race and Fashion That Stops The Whitsundays

whitsunday-blue-fashionsAuthentic country racing and fashions inspired by the beautiful Top of the Whitsunday landscape are a draw card for visitors to the Bowen Cup.

Quiet beach hideaway Bowen is inundated with keen race goers every year who come to soak up the gorgeous spring weather and show off the latest in spring racing fashion... and of course catch all the racing action!

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Mangoes and More - Big Things Bowen Style

Wotif are celebrating their 18th Birthday in style by launching the hunt for the perfect location for Australia's next 'Big Thing'. Of course, Bowen certainly knows a thing or two about Big Things; after all we are the home to THE Big Mango (check out our entry on Wotif's top Big Thing List) but did you know about some of our other big things?

Let's count them down!

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Walking to Bowen's Lighthouse

A few times a year, during the winter months, Bowen’s daytime tides are low enough for visitors to walk to North Head Island and Queensland’s third oldest lighthouse. This unique experience takes walkers on a beautiful journey that not only celebrates the history of Bowen, but also the wonderful array of sea life that inhabits the shores of the bay. We asked one of our visitors to describe their first Walk to the Lighthouse.

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Don't Touch! 4 reasons to keep your hands away from those sea creatures

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In Bowen we're very fortunate to have easy access to a wonderful range of sea life, from hard and soft corals and an abundance of fish when you snorkel our reef right from the beach – to sea cucumbers, giant red star fish and feather stars when you walk to our lighthouse.

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Whales in the Whitsundays

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They're the big friendly giants we've all got on our bucket-list to see or get up close and personal with – and we've got the top spots to spot our favourite Winter visitors and all the interesting facts about our biggest visitors.
Humpback Whales make an annual migration during Winter from the cold Antarctic waters to the warm sub-tropical waters of Eastern Australia. During their epic journey they delight tourists and locals in the whale watching hot-spots of Eden in New South Wales, Hervey Bay and of course the Whitsundays!

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Big Mango Fun Facts!

Travellers throughout Australia know that their trip isn’t complete without a collection of selfies with the 'Big Things' synonymous with the great Aussie road trip! The top pick – of course it’s the famous BIG MANGO in Bowen at the Top of the Whitsundays!

The 10-metre-high roadside sculpture is a great photo opportunity not to be missed. Erected in 2002 it cost almost $90,000 to design and build and was part of a community campaign to revitalise the local community and boost tourism. The giant piece of fruit is located at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre at Mt Gordon, 5kms south of the town.

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A beach for everyone

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With eight stunning beaches within 10 minutes' drive, Bowen, at the Top of the Whitsundays, is fast becoming the tropical getaway of choice. And it's not only families & couples that are running away to paradise!
Our reputation as the perfect beach paradise has caught the attention of organisations big and small, from the Australian Mango Industry Association in 2017 to now an even juicier group, the Australian Naturists' Society!

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Five family friendly hacks to beat holiday boredom

Hands up who has those golden memories of the family holiday on the beach – endless days of warm summer sun, splashing in the waves and making new friends in the campground? Bowen, at the Top of the Whitsundays, provides the perfect spot for the next generation looking to recapture those halcyon days with their own children.
But, there's a catch: although Mum and Dad are just happy to sit and 'chill' away from the hassle of modern life, we all know that your dream family getaway can dissolve quickly into the repeated mantra of 'what's there to do?!'.


Never fear, we've got our top 5 must-do go-to's, researched and at the ready, just in time for the school holidays!

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Pet Friendly Paradise

#visitbowen with your dog!

These days the most loved member of the family is often the furry four-legged buddy sitting at your feet (or in your lap) So it's no wonder that more and more 'Rover' is going roving with the family on holidays!

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Five stunning sunset spots to share with the one you love

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1. Flagstaff Hill

Pick your sunset buddy because this is one wow of a sunset spot! Elevated 360-degree views stretch from the top of Flagstaff Hill, encompassing the wetlands, expanse of windswept King's Beach, offshore islands and rich farming lands inland of Bowen. Just perfect for relaxed romance – grab that takeaway and front row seats for a view made for love. As the sun settles over distant Roma Peak and the Clarke range watch the golden light settle upon Port Denison and Bowen Marina. As the stars start their dance across the sky turn around to catch gorgeous pastel hues as night descends over the Whitsunday waters and Gloucester Island. BLISS.

Best for: no fuss dates

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Pictures from the Past - Catalina Flying Boat Base

Visitors to Bowen can step back in time and discover the past by visiting the Catalina tribute erected on the original concrete hardstand base on Santa Barbara Pde. During the battle of the Coral Sea, construction of a slipway was commenced on the Bowen foreshore to maintain the Catalina Flying Boats and from 1942 this was the site of the various RAAF operational and maintenance units. Local buildings were commandeered to house the influx of servicemen & ground crews.

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Bowen Eats and treats

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, Bowen's range of dining options and cuisines will leave everyone in your family satisified!

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Bowen offshore superboats - Why you shouldn't miss it!

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Each year the Bowen Superboats shines a spotlight on Edgecumbe Bay, the Bowen Marina and Foreshore area. It is the largest on-water event in Bowen, and is free for the community to attend. 10 boats will compete and reach speeds of in excess of 200 km/hr. The teams bring with them a cast of hundreds – from pit crews to family and friends and loyal supporters – all with a need for speed and all keen to soak up the best the region has to offer.

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15 things you didn't know about Bowen

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A certified hidden gem, Bowen is waiting for you to explore and discover! If you're planning to visit Bowen soon, check out the following list...

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