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Bowen Queensland

A crowned jewel at the top of the Whitsundays region with pristine beaches and climate.


At a Glance

Bowen is a scenic coastal town located on the mainland with famous award winning beaches like the Horseshoe Bay, Queens Beach and many more. These beaches are very well maintained for family activities, making it a optimal holiday destination for big families. Bowen also have one of the longest sunshine hours in Australia, many say it possesses the best climate in Australia.

The town itself is an old-fashioned and laid-back tropical town with moderate agricultural fame. Bowen is famous for its big juicy mangoes, with a little ‘monument’ called The Big Mango to celebrate its fame.


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Where is Bowen?

 

Bowen is 1159 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Bowen is situated on the northeastern coast of Queensland halfway between Townsville and Mackay, on the northern side of the Whitsunday Region. The town is surrounded by pristine award winning beaches. The best way to reach Bowen is via a plane to Bowen Airport from the major cities.


 

Things to see in Bowen

 

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay just over an hour from Airlie Beach. It is a fantastic spot to visit. Cool off with a swim in the naturally protected bay, or go exploring among the rocks. A very pleasant place to swim, chill out or simply have a coffee and stare out to sea. This rocky alcove with its crystal clear water and small waves was perfect for you to relax, swim and chill out on the beach.

Horseshoe Bay

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The Big Mango

It's about 2 kilometres before you get into Bowen from the south. Great spot to stop for a rest and to take a photo. it is a really nice location with a good shop and delicious mango ice cream.

The Big Mango

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Greys Bar

Greys Bay is a pretty beach, great swimming spot especially for kids. Many paddleboard activities run from here. Also, snorkelling is a good for kids to practice but you'll mainly find old coral and rocks. The slope of the beach is more gradual into the sea, so is much more desirable for families with small children.

Greys Bar

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Bowen Water Park Playground

If you are doing a road trip from Airlie and North, drive into Bowen. Bowen Water Park Playground is a great place to go for kids and families on a hot day. Water Park is perfectly located in the green beachside park. Great for family fun. Fantastic views and caravan park are nearby as are the local shops. Ample street parking. Free fun!

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Most of the locations in the Whitsundays experiences a subtropical climate where it is warm all year round with wet summers. The best time to visit the islands are undoubtedly August during the peak of the dry season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 25°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum of 18°C.

 

Get to know Bowen's history

 

Bowen is a coastal town in the Whitsunday Region.

The Whitsunday Islands were inhabited by the Aboriginal people of Australia prior to European arrival. These group of people were known as the Ngaro, and were known for being proficient navigators. The islands were first discovered by James Cook in 1770, who sailed through the islands and named the passage Whitsunday Passage. Among the first foreign settlers of the island are stranded sailors and wood cutters. The fertile and rich soil in the area made it attractive for pastoralists in subsequent years.

In the 1920s, tourism in the area was born as passengers began to visit these tropical islands after trading in the coastal towns. Eventually, these tourism ventures outgrew the original agricultural industry and a tourist boom ensued. Today, the area remain a popular tourist attractions, with entire islands mandated to be protected national parks to protect this spectacular place.