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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!

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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