This area is well known for its fertile soils and amazing crops grown, but it is most well known for its mangoes. In 2002 this seven tonne fibreglass, 10 metre high Big Mango was erected at a cost of $90,000. But one night in February 2014 the Big Mango was stolen in an overnight operation!! The mango was found the next day and it was later revealed that the theft was a publicity stunt.
|The Big Mango|
Even though it is a fishing weekend there are lots more activities happening such as concerts, markets, food stalls and heaps of stuff for the little ones to do.
|Of course there was the usual beer tent|
Back in 2006 Bowen was chosen as a filming location for a third of the production of the fantastic movie Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Anyone who has seen the movie may remember the scene where they drove the cattle down the main street. Well this is the pub from that scene minus the cattle.
When it was announced that Australia was going to be filmed in Bowen the locals took it upon themselves to paint Bowenwood in large letters on an old water tank on top of a hill. I guess it was their take on the iconic Hollywood sign.
Today is also our last day in Bowen and I must say I have really enjoyed staying here. My son Shane said I would like it but I take everything he says with a grain of salt because he could be just pulling my leg. So tomorrow it's off to Airley Beach, which is pretty much in the heart of the Whitsundays. Could be a bit busy as its now school holidays!!