Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre open for business
Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre near Bowen is now open!
The previous centre was extensively damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
The restaurant was so badly damaged that it was demolished in 2019 as repairs were deemed unsuitable.
The $4 million rebuild secured $2 million from the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program, $1 million from Whitsunday Regional Council, and $1 million from the Queensland and Commonwealth Government’s jointly funded Tourism Recovery Fund.
The new centre features a café, gift shop, outdoor amphitheatre, native flora landscaping and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
There’s also a walking trail and lookout which inform visitors about the region’s Indigenous culture and heritage.
The glass windows are an important feature of the centre as they provide a 360-degree view of some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia – with views of the Whitsunday Islands, the Coral Sea and the Bowen hinterland.
The centre can cater for 200 patrons.
During its construction, the project supported 13 jobs with up to 20 subcontractors working on location most days.