Thursday, July 21, 2022


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A New Guide To Bowen And Collinsville

The more than 41,500 people visiting the Big Mango Visitor Information Centre and the information booth at Bowen’s front Beach in the past financial year can pick up a copy of the new Bowen and Collinsville Visitor Guide.

The guide was recently launched by Bowen Tourism and Business and is currently being distributed to Visitor Information Centres in Queensland as well as some in NSW.

It is a complete guide to Bowen and Collinsville with sections on where to eat, where to stay and what to do.

The business is hoping its new guide will capitalises on those visitors and the further 1,100 that passed through the centre in the first week of this financial year.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy, said those numbers are not expected to slow down any time soon with data showing strong forward bookings for accommodation providers in Bowen in coming months.

“We’re noticing the number of overseas visitors had been increasing each month since the opening of the international borders,” she said.

“In January this year, we only had 10 international visitors for the entire month but in June, we welcomed 177 people from overseas.”

The guide includes maps of Bowen and Collinsville as well as a regional map of the Whitsundays.

There is also a farming map with a QR code to be scanned by those looking for farm work.

There is a story about when the Big Mango was stolen as part of a publicity stunt and about the movie “Australia” being filmed in Bowen when Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman called the town home for several months.

The Summergarden Cinema, Queensland’s longest running movie theatre, is also featured as well as sections on the walking trails and lookouts around Bowen.

Aside from at the centre, it is also available at various business throughout the Whitsundays.

The 60 page A4 full colour guide is also available online by going to and clicking on “Holiday Planner” at the bottom of the home page.

Bowen Tourism and Business staff Melissa Beuzeville and Beverley Adams reading the new Bowen and Collinsville Visitor Guide

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