What was once a low-key tradition followed annually by Bowen locals, it now seems the Walk to the Lighthouse has become a must-do for many travellers.
On Saturday 11th of August visitors and locals alike will gather from 3pm for the annual walk timed to begin as the winter low tide connects North Head Island to the mainland via a sand spit dotted with Bowen’s giant red starfish.
The walk departs from Dalrymple Point in Bowen and takes approximately two hours winding through rocky outcrops and across sea grass flats. Upon reaching North Head Island, walkers are treated to the views from one of Queensland’s oldest lighthouses.
Bowen Tourism and Business Chairman Jonathan Freeman says the increased interest in the event is a result of continued efforts to promote Bowen as a unique holiday destination within the Whitsundays region.
“Bowen has long been a secret spot to escape the crowds, enjoy beautiful, secluded beaches and snorkel the reef right from the shore. Word is getting out, however, and we are excited to welcome more visitors to experience the unique Walk to the Lighthouse and discover red starfish, sea cucumbers, green sea turtles, spotted rays and the occasional humpback whale in the distance”.
Tourism Whitsundays General Manager Tash Wheeler says this year’s event is shaping into quite a day.
“This year we are creating a little event where the Grand View Hotel will have some refreshments available and live music. It is the perfect location, so bring a picnic rug and after you finish the walk sit back and enjoy the sunset while listening to some live music and having a sundowner.”
On the day local tour operator Whitsunday Paradise Explorer will be available to assist visitors by boat, to and from North Head Island, for a small fee. Seats can be booked on the day.
And things you’ll need for the walk- reef boots, sunscreen, hat, water and camera.