In its sixth year of existence, the Bowen Rail Company Don River Dash is an endurance and off-road racing event that continues to break competitor and spectator records.

Competitors travel 25km upstream along the southern bed of Bowen’s Don River.

Navigating their way through a mixture of sand, rocks, and jumps, the competitors will then return along the northern side of the river bed, completing the 50km loop.

In total, competitors test their skills over 2 days and across 300km to answer the ultimate question:

Who will be King or Queen of the River?

Thanks to the unique reverse grid format, racers are constantly battle for position in a largely natural course with an incredibly diverse terrain.

This is a race made by racers with a passion for, not only racing, but also the stunning Whitsundays location that they call home.

Outside of the heart-stopping race, the Bowen Rail Company Don River Dash offers live music, a live broadcast from Triple M, 2 days of exhilarating Race Live Stream, entertainment, incredible food and more.

Don River Dash Location

We’ve created a map to showcase the location of the Bowen Rial Company Don River Dash in Bowen, tip of The Whitsundays!

Two spectator viewing areas are noted – Pat McDonnell Earthmoving Spectator Area – Telegraph Road is where the finish line is. The Whitsunday Ag Services Spectator Area – Gladstone Park Road is a viewing area.


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