Welcome to the great Whitsundays - Bowen

A whole world of water sports awaits anyone visiting the marvellous Whitsundays.
Rose Bay at Bowen
We started our stay in this region at Bowen. We had just intended to pop our head in for a sticky beak on the way to Proserpine. But we soon saw all the lovely beaches here and what we thought was a market going on near a beach, only to discover it was the grand opening of the brand new Water Park. It seems that water parks are the new “in” thing especially up here on the tropical coast of Queensland. This one is also marvellous, being a smaller version of the one in Townsville with water cannons, mushroom, slides and the tipping bucket.

Fun at the water park at Bowen

We visited the nearby Information centre which advised us of a coral reef that is accessible from the beach & on top of that there is a caravan park right on the door step of this beach. We were hooked! We hadn’t the opportunity to snorkel at all on this trip without spending a small fortune hiring a boat to get us out to a reef.

Horseshoe Bay

We booked into the Horseshoe Bay Resort Caravan Park right on Horseshoe Bay and quickly went down to the beach. Unfortunately the wind had picked up and the water was too choppy. Bob had some problems with his snorkel in the water and ended up being washed repeated onto the rocks sustaining several minor gashes to his legs. We soon gave up after some 45 minutes in the water. We stopped by the cafe on the beach & spent some time there recuperating.

Do you think it might get a tad windy here?

We went for a drive upto Flagstaff Hill. It is plublized as an interpretive centre (???... it’s just a lookout!). However it is still worth the drive. It has a ‘secret’ lookout on top of the 360o Cafe. I say secret because though there are regular lookouts around the top of the hill, the lookout above the cafe is not advertised and many a visitor to this place would miss this opportunity to get an even better view of the waters and countryside.

Some of the islands off Bowen

Boat harbour at Bowen

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