Thursday, August 31, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Variety Bash Crew Stops At Bowen’s Big Mango

Bowen’s Big Mango continues to attract travellers from all states as well as overseas and they include families, grey nomads, celebrities and people travelling in unusual vehicles.

An estimated 100,000 people stop by this iconic tourist attraction each year to have a selfie taken next to one of Australia’s favourite “big things”.

This week, the Queensland Variety Bash cars are on their way to Cairns – raising money to help disadvantaged children reach their full potential.

Many of the vehicles travelled from Mackay northwest to Collinsville and then back to the Bruce Highway to make their way north.

Some, however, travelled straight up the Bruce Highway from Mackay and the Simpsons Crew from Bash 1111 Car was one of those who stopped at Bowen’s iconic tourist attraction.

This crew set themselves a fundraising goal of $8.5k and they have already passed that, raising more than $11k to help kids in need.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy said the Big Mango team was excited to welcome the Simpsons Crew as they made their way north.

“We often have unusual vehicles and people dressed up in costume call in for a selfie – and we love it when they come into the Visitor Information Centre next door to chat to the team and enjoy a delicious mango sorbet,” she said.

“It is great to see people raising money for such worthy causes.”

The Queensland Variety Bash 2023 finished in Cairns on Thursday (August 24) and raised more than $1.5 million!

The Simpsons Crew from the Variety Bash’s Car 1111 called in at the Big Mango this week. Photo supplied

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