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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bowen Welcomes First Turtle Nest of the Season

A remarkable story of life began as mother turtle laid her first lot of eggs on Friday night at Rose Bay in Bowen. A guest of Rose Bay Resort witnessed the turtle heading back out to the ocean on Saturday morning and was amazed by the incredible experience.

Rose Bay, Bowen, The Whitsundays

Rose Bay Resort Manager Paul McLaughlin said it is a truly breathtaking natural encounter to witness a turtle nesting and seeing the baby hatchlings later in the season as they make a quick dash to the ocean.

“It is an incredible experience to see these rare animals land on the beaches in Bowen each year and we hope that we will see another great year for our turtles.”

The turtle season from November to March is probably Bowen's best kept secret. Visitors to the friendly seaside town can witness this incredible journey of life at the award-winning beaches surrounding Bowen during turtle nesting season.

From November to March each year, Bowen's beaches are the nesting grounds for flatback turtles and some green sea turtles with their eggs hatching approximately 6-8 weeks after they have been laid.

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Conveniently located a 45 minute drive North of Airlie Beach, Bowen boasts beautiful beaches and secluded bays, fresh, local seafood and numerous walking tracks. Bowen is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives or to reunite with family. Taste some mango sorbet at the Big Mango, snorkel the colourful coastal fringing reefs, stroll through the Sunday morning markets at Queens Beach or drop in a line at the jetty on Santa Barbara Parade. Picnic at Mullers Lagoon, the picturesque botanical gardens and wetlands in the centre of town before you go on to explore Bowen's murals. The murals take you back in time as they paint the picture of Bowen's diverse history from early settlement to present day. To find out more about Bowen's rich and interesting history, visit the Catalina memorial and the historical museum.

The 74 islands of the Whitsundays lay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, cradled by the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, a truly remarkable icon of beauty. The Whitsundays is an invitation into a world of tropical wonder. The vibrant colours of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest provide plenty of scope for activity and adventure. Easily accessible by air or road, the Whitsundays are located on the central eastern coast of Queensland in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The area is characterised by world class resort facilities blending harmoniously with the pristine natural attributes of the area. Sail, Explore, Dive, Dine, Play, Relax, Enjoy. The opportunities are endless… which is why there is no better place to take a well-deserved holiday than the Whitsundays.
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