John and Clare Ringland

John Ringland and wife Clare stumbled upon the then closed down Bowen River Hotel more than 15 years ago and decided to “open it up from scratch and get a bit of tourism going”. The heritage-listed hotel was originally built in 1861 and is now a regional attraction with the highlight every year being the Bowen River Rodeo, a once in a lifetime event according to Ringo.

"It’s a good easy-going lifestyle and you meet so many people that are like-minded. Lovely weather, opportunities… I can't put other words to it. It’s just Our Whitsunday Way!" - Ringo