Park’s New Swimming Pool Construction is Underway

Queens Beach Tourist Village’s new exciting project involves installing a resort style swimming pool with wheelchair access, a water slide and flush fitting water play facilities for guests of all abilities.

A Tourism Recovery grant, applied for by the village, became available as a result of Cyclone Debbie, courtesy of the federal and state governments.  The grant will be used towards:

* Installing a resort-style pool with shallow entry area and wheelchair accessible ramp

* Installing a water slide

* Installing flush fitting water play facilities for guests of all abilities and

The project aims to increase low and shoulder season visitation to Bowen.  It aims to:

* Attract a new and growing market to Bowen outside of the main peak season extending the main tourist season.

* Offer a new and affordable family destination for families from neighbouring regional areas

* Enhance the tourist and visitor experience

* Encourage visitors to stay longer, spending more money locally and

* Increase the commercial viability of Queens Beach Tourist Village and Bowen’s local businesses

The project was started in September once the 2018 domestic tourist season had finished.  Watch this space ?

Bowen’s Walk to the Lighthouse

Record visitors for Bowen’s Walk to the Lighthouse!

On Saturday 11th of August visitors and locals alike gathered to experience Bowen’s Walk to the Lighthouse. From 3pm the annual walk began as the winter low tide connected North Head Island to the mainland via a sand spit dotted with Bowen’s giant red starfish.

Showcasing the diversity of sea life found on the shores of Bowen, and the rich history of the town, the Walk to the Lighthouse is an exciting adventure for all ages.

 The walk departs from Dalrymple Point in Bowen and takes approximately two hours winding through rocky outcrops and across sea grass flats. Upon reaching North Head Island, walkers are treated to views from one of Queensland’s oldest lighthouses.

 What was once a low-key tradition followed annually by Bowen locals, the Walk to the Lighthouse has become a must-do for many travellers along the Queensland Coast. In 2018 the event was captured by Queensland Weekender and showcased to potential visitors to the Whitsundays.

 Bowen Tourism and Business Chairman Jonathan Freeman said the increased interest in the event is a result of continued efforts to promote Bowen as a unique holiday destination within the Whitsundays region.

“Bowen has long been a secret spot to escape the crowds, enjoy beautiful, secluded beaches and snorkel the reef right from the shore” he said.

 “Word is getting out, however, and we are excited to welcome more visitors to experience the very unique Walk to the Lighthouse and discover red starfish, sea cucumbers, green sea turtles, spotted rays and the occasional humpback whale in the distance”.

Tourism Whitsundays General Manager Tash Wheeler said the event was sure to be one that would grow year on year. “My family and I did the walk last year celebrating 150 years of the lighthouse and it was absolutely brilliant. Seeing the large array of starfish and sea cucumbers on the walk was a highlight for all of us” she said.

“This year we created a little event where the Grand View Hotel made refreshments available and live music. It is the perfect location, so bring a picnic rug and after you finish the walk sit back and enjoy the sunset while listening to some live music and having a sundowner!”

On the day local tour operator Whitsunday Paradise Explorer assisted visitors by boat, to and from North Head Island, for a small fee. 

For those embarking on the adventure, reef boots, sunscreen, hat, water and camera are highly recommended. For more information, visit