The 2023 Don River Dash

Buckle up Bowen, it’s almost that time of the year again. The Don River Dash is gearing up for two days of adrenaline-fueled action, from 8 to 10 September 2023.

Come September, eager racers will fly 25 kilometres up stream of the Don River maneuvering their way through rough terrain, then back down the river-bed completing the 50 kilometre round trip.

Tom Jack is the 2022 champion in his class and he’s looking forward to carving it up again in 2023.

“It’s a crazy race, it’s just hectic, so fun,” he said.

This year will see around 120 cars and 400 motorbikes churn the sand, so expect to get dusty!

Lucky Bowen’s beautiful beaches are only moments away, so jump in the crystal-clear waters of Horseshoe or Rose Bay to clean up!

“We’re definitely blessed to live in this part of the country,” said Don River Dash event founder Michael Marson. “Airlie Beach probably gets more of a run but Bowen to be is probably just as good as those places just a little more secret and no one knows about it.”

Michael will also be taking place in this year’s race with his trusty Racer Engineering buggy.

“These cars here are purpose-made for this sort of stuff,” he said. “You really learn to trust the car, and I know exactly what this car’s going to do.”

“I’ve had it for 11 years so you sort of get that knowledge about it, you know you can just about anticipate anything.”

So whether you’re a fan of the bush or the beach, there’s no excuse not to visit!

Want to stay in Bowen a while? There’s plenty to do!

Head to the stunning Bowen beaches where the waters are so crystal clear you can snorkel off the shore. It’s actually one of the few places on earth you can do so.

Take a pic at the Big Mango. It’s officially the biggest mango in the world standing at about 10 metres high and it’s just had a little makeover too. Be sure to try the famous mango sorbet too.

Then of course there’s the freshest of the fresh seafood at Bird’s Fish bar where you can take your pick from locally wild caught fish delivered from the trawlers just out the back daily.

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