Cow Bay

After crossing the Alexandra Range visitors encounter the first bit of 'civilisation' north of the Daintree River at Cow Bay, located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and offering great beach and rainforest experiences.

The turn off to Cow Bay Beach is at Buchanan Creek Road. On the way you can observe the hills of the Alexandra Range (on the right) with its dark rainforest vegetation. Watch for birds, butterflies and cassowaries in this area. 

The three secluded bays of Cow Bay Beach are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on the inshore reefs and also fishing and beach walking. There are always shady spots on these beaches. Guided sea kayaking can be booked locally at Crocodylus Village.

Cow Bay is not a township but a place name derived from the farming of cattle in the area in the early days. The other idea is that Cow Bay is named after the dugongs (sea cows) which come to feed on the seagrass beds in the bay. Cow Bay had a colourful past of farming, logging and grazing. Today tourism is the main industry and sustainability is the main aim of the local community.

Local businesses in the Cow Bay and Diwan region offer various types of accommodation - resort style, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and camping. There is the Daintree Discovery Centre, home-made ice-creams, restaurants, cafés, art and craft, rainforest tours, tea growing, an air strip, horse riding, overnight sea-kayaking to Snapper Island, guided walks and the RACQ depot.

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Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 January 2018
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Rotary Kmart Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 January 2018
The Rotary Kmart Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. Come and enjoy the family friendly all-weather free markets held in the Kmart car park at Stockland Gladstone from 7:00am - 12:00pm.

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Glen Eden, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Aussie Aussie Aussie... Oi Oi Oi! Celebrate what's great about Australia and being an Aussie at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Each year, family and friends can celebrate Australia Day at Council's free major public Australia Day celebration.

City Farmers Markets

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 10 February 2018
Held in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase delightful fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the City Farmers Markets.

PCYC Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 February 2018
The PCYC Markets Gladstone are held every second Sunday of each month at the Gladstone PCYC from 8am to 12pm. With a variety of stalls including clothings, soy candles, fruit and vegetables, furniture and much more, there is always something for everyone at the PCYC Markets!

Beach Arts Music (BAM Markets)

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 3 March 2018
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month except January and February from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Gladstone Harbour Festival

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
28 March – 1 April 2018
The fifty-sixth Annual Gladstone Harbour Festival will be held at the picturesque GPC Marina Parklands. 2018's program will be jam-packed with fabulous free main stage entertainment, novelty events, free kids activities, fireworks, marina markets, rides for the kids and much more!

Boyne Tannum HookUp

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
From AU$40 - 85
4 – 6 May 2018
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia's top family fishing competition which is held annual with the aim of bringing together friends and family from all parts of Australia. With a prize pool worth over AUD300,000, the event attracts around 4,000 registered fishing competitors and 30,000 visitors to Bray Park, Boyne Island where fishing weigh-ins and family entertainment is provided over the three days of competition.

Variety Bash

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
22 – 31 August 2018
Start your cars, rev your engines and get ready for 10 action-packed days through spectacular outback Queensland as the 2018 Variety Bash treks from Gladstone to Townsville! You'll enjoy scenic outback drives, fun stops, fun nights and camaraderie with a unique group of the wackiest and most passionate road trippers you’ll ever meet!
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