Travel and Leisure

Exploring the Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Region is known for its seventy-four islands and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. However, not many people know it’s also home to the fantastic picturesque hinterland, with waterfalls aplenty, lakes and historic towns. 

From the tropical rainforest in Conway National Park to the swaying canfield’s of Proserpine and the reds and browns of inland Collinsville, the Whitsunday hinterland is rich in colours and cultures.

Airlie Beach is the main tourist attraction on the island, and just a forty-five-minute drive away is Bowen, situated in the north of the Whitsundays, with the ocean on three sides of it. It is an area rich with beaches, eight in-all that surround the town, such as Kings Beach, Rose Bay, Murrays Bay, Greys Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Queens Beach, and Front Beach. Try exploring the Whitsunday Islands in July.

Bowen has a series of shipwrecks that are around the natural coral reefs that have formed.  Some of these wrecks are notable such as the SS Gothenburg, sunk in 1875.  During the Second World War, Bowen had an air force base helping to fly seaplanes searching for enemy ships and submarines.

Bowen's also boasts the Historical Society Museum, highlighting the history from the Aboriginal past up to the present day. 

The town prides itself on its friendly atmosphere having won the Tourism Queensland Friendliest Town Award in 2007, offer excellent fishing, sailing and also the chance to view Australian crocodiles in the wild. The Peter Faust Dam is a twenty-minute drive from Proserpine, where keen fishermen and women young and old can throw a line in and try to catch the famous Barramundi, a very popular fish in North Queensland. Also, Hydeaway and Dingo Beach are no more than a forty-five-minute drive and are also two hidden gems of beaches. 

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