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All eyes will be on Bowen on the Australia Day Weekend, when the Rodeo by the Reef takes place, on Saturday, January 27. There will be action aplenty when the seaside meets the countryside in a bull and bronco bonanza, with the Rodeo by the Reef taking place just metres from the Bowen foreshore and Coral Sea. Bowen, in the north of the region, delights visitors with its gentle charm and the eight beautiful beaches that surround the town, providing visitors and locals with a safe haven in which to swim and snorkel, with some fringing reefs within walking distance of the beach. With the Rodeo by the Reef providing top class entertainment for the whole family, Bowen is the place to be on the long weekend. This exciting event, which is part of the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival, will deliver world-class bull riding, bronco riding and barrel races, surrounded by the picturesque environment of the Whitsundays. There will be something for everyone – from avid fans of the sport to curious first-time attendees and everyone in between, you are invited to discover your inner bucking bronco! You can test your own riding skills on the mechanical bull and there will be live music, food stalls and much, much more, promising a memorable day out for the whole family. The Rodeo by the Reef will also include the Whitsundays’ inaugural BBQ by the Reef event, which will see teams battle it out in a “cook off” for more than $8,000 in cash and prizes. And when the bulls and broncs have been put away for the night, you can continue the fun at the gracious Grandview Hotel, just over the road. Bowen is an historic town, rich in local culture and history, and the 100-year-old Grandview Hotel epitomises that, with a fascinating history hanging from the walls of the recently renovated building. Known for its great cuisine, friendly service and beautiful ambience, it’s the perfect spot to cap of a fantastic evening’s entertainment. The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival (January 13-29, 2018) is a whole-of-region event to celebrate the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the wonderful Whitsundays. Tickets are on sale now for the Rodeo by the Reef – don’t miss out! For more information and tickets visit www.whitsundayclipperrace.com.au What: Rodeo by the Reef When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 Where: Opposite Front Beach, Bowen Time: 5pm - 10.30pm Cost: Adult $25, Child (under 10 years) $10, Family $60 5.20pm BBQ Comp starts (first hand in) 5.30pm Live entertainment by Troy Kemp Band 7.00pm Rodeo Heats start 8.30pm Intermission (novelty games in Arena) 9.00pm Rodeo Finals start 10.00pm Rodeo finishes 10.15pm Prizes 10.30pm Rodeo Arena closes, join the after party at Grandview Hotel

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