Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of stock numbers). The town had three hotels - each with its own dance hall, a soft drink maker, a coach builder, two general stores, a billiard saloon, a dressmaker, three commission agents, a couple of butchers, a baker and a saddler. Today there are just 350 people living in a region which covers 6,500 square kilometres.

Another record to be claimed by the region is the moving of the largest mob of sheep as a single flock. In 1886 a mob of 43,000 sheep were moved through the area by a droving team of 27 horsemen. That doesn't include the cooks, blacksmiths and hands which would have been needed to accompany the drovers!

Transport was once the lifeblood of the area. Long before the railway reached as far as Ilfracombe, wagons drawn by up to 30 horses took three months to carry the wool to the nearest port, Rockhampton, 650 kilometres away.

It is unlikely that any other Australian town could boast such a brilliant display of historical machinery, as does Ilfracombe. Not only that, but it's all on public show, with antique machinery and farm equipment lining the entry road to the town.

Nowadays Ilfracombe is a small Outback Queensland township surrounded by large grazing properties, located 27 kilometres east of Longreach and 80 kilometres west of Barcaldine.

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Bowen's Murray's Bay

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Located between Horseshoe Bay and Rose Bay, this is a beautiful tropical bay complete with coconut trees. This beach is secluded and wind protected and provides an excellent spot for snorkelling, diving and fishing.

Queens Beach

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Queens Beach is Bowen's most northern seaside suburb. It is located just five kilometres from the Central Business District and offers a relaxed environment with lots to see and do. The beach is Bowen's main northern beach and occupies 4.

Bowen's Grays Bay

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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One of the most picturesque bays in Queensland is Gray’s Bay - one of the few places on the East Coast where you can watch the sun set over the ocean. It really is a treat, especially when the stand up paddleboarders are silhouetted against the darkening sky.

Bowen Creek Fishing

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Bowen has many creek systems, which hold healthy numbers of Mangrove-jack, Bream, Whiting and Barramundi (closed season Nov -Feb). South of Bowen, you’ll find Adelaide and Duck Creeks, which can be accessed by sea around the top of the tide only, via beach ramps.

Horseshoe Bay - Bowen

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
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Horseshoe Bay is Bowen's most iconic beach and a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The beach is framed by two granite outcrops which provide a haven for a wonderful range of fish and coral just a short swim from the beach.

Bowen - Flagstaff Hill Look-out

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Spectacular panoramic views will astound and delight travellers who visit Bowen's premier lookout, Flagstaff Hill. With sweeping views from Rose Bay, along the expanse of Kings Beach, across to the lighthouse on North Head Island, Stony Island, Gloucester Island back to the Marina, and across town, you will feel like you're on top of the world.

Bowen

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Bowen is the top of the Whitsundays, a jewel in the Whitsunday crown with untouched beaches, beautiful bays and a perfect tropical climate. Bowen is one of the undiscovered treats of Queensland and an ideal destination for those seeking a laidback beach holiday.
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