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? Not the Festival of Mangoes? Wotever do we mean!?

In October 2019 Wotif announced the winner of their 'Festival of Wot?' competition. Bowen was one of 4 fabulous regional centres to make the shortlist for our 'Festival of Mangoes' idea put forward by Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism Whitsundays. 

Sadly, our dreams were not to come to fruition (see what we did there?) with our mates Mudgee Region scoring the prize for their Festival of Snags. We wish them the best of luck with their fab festival (after all, who doesn't like a good old Aussie Sausage Sizzle - I wonder if they'll have some mango flavoured ones?) 

Meanwhile, in true North QLD style we're going to celebrate our favourite summer fruit in our own way with what we've dubbed the "Not the Festival of Mangoes"!

No organising required, no tickets and no timeline - just how we like it in our laid back part of the world! And the best bit? You can come and celebrate with us any time over summer when the mangoes are ripe, the weather is warm and the ocean breezes beckon for a laid back siesta on the sand.

Not the Festival of Mangoes activities include:

  • Eating mangoes in the water at the beach - best way to wash all that sticky mango juice off!
  • Buying trays (or buckets!) of mangoes from a road side stall
  • Work up an appetite (& a thirst) with a hike over Cape Edgecumbe trail - pack a mango for a refreshing pick-me-up to enjoy on the way!
  • Cooling off with a coldie at a local Queensland Pub
  • Sampling the fresh seafood of the region - perfect with a mango salad enjoyed on the foreshore!
  • Try your hand at your own mango recipe using local fruit - whip up a summer fruit salad, grill on the bbq or mix up some asian inspired flavours
  • Get a selfie with the BIG MANGO!
  • Chill out with a mango sorbet from the visitor centre
  • Party the night away with the locals and boogie at one of the local pubs! 

We've got so much on offer in our little hidden beachside mango country paradise - So come and join us in the Whitsundays for our "Not the Festival of Mangoes" fun! Running every day from the first ripe mango fruits to the end of February!