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Colinsville Historic Mining Town
A short drive into the hinterland leads us the Colinsville
The historic mining town of Collinsville offers a relaxed lifestyle and is west of Bowen. Collinsville was originally named “Moongunya” (Aboriginal for coal); the area was recognised for its coal as early as 1866.
While in Collinsville you should visit the Collinsville Coalface Experience. It is a mining museum dedicated to the 26 men who have lost their lives in the Collinsville coal mines.
This exhibition in inside the Collinsville Workers Club and is not to be missed – a very moving experience. http://coalfaceexperience.com.au
The country around Collinsville is mostly made up of large cattle stations and features spectacular out-back scenery.
The Collinsville region also plays host to the Bowen River Rodeo and Camp Draft on the Queen’s Birthday weekend each June.
Bogie River Bush House
On the way back to Bowen, we stopped for a delicious lunch at the Bogie River Bush House. The property is set on 25 acres of virgin bush land on the banks of the Bogie River with abundant tame wildlife, and buildings built from recycled materials.
Guests are encouraged to unwind with everything provided to ensure a stress-free break. Beautiful rooms in the Main House are filled with antiques, collectables and comfy beds, or you may opt for one of the new rooms in the Cottage with modern furnishings, all rooms are air-conditioned for your comfort but whatever you choose you are assured of a special stay.
The onsite licensed restaurant (The River Cafe) is set beside the pool which happens to be in the shape of Australia and is set in a tropical garden with sun lounges and enough tables and chairs to seat 40 people, it is also open to the public (bookings essential) and will provide guests with home style meals cooked by your hosts.
The Larrikin Hotel
Situated at 69 Herbert Street in Bowen is the ideal venue for a cold beer and sensational counter lunches and evening dining.
The pubs history is well presented, with historic photos lining the walls.
360 Café on Flagstaff
If it’s food with a view that takes your fancy, then this is the place. Run by the local indigenous company of Girudala. 360 is well known for their breakfast, lunch and takeaway menus. But be warned, the servings might be known as very generous.
Mature Traveller would like to thank the very friendly people of Bowen and Collinsville for hosting us for a great adventure.
Please check out their web site for full information. www.tourismbowen.com.au
It is always a bit sad to be leaving a destination that was so rewarding, but at least we can always come back. The fact we were going back to Airlie Beach for a few days made it somewhat easier. Read our review of Airlie in our next edition.