Bowen is located on the Queensland mainland at the northern end of the Whitsundays and offers visitors the opportunity to take in these relatively unexplored areas by the majority of Whitsunday visitors.
Snorkelling and diving is accessible right from the beaches in Bowen and is said to be amongst some of the best fringing coral on the east coast of Australia. The combination of blue water and fantastic year round weather makes Bowen a popular choice with southern visitors.
While there are many hiking trails in the area, the Mother Beddock walking track provides one of the most spectacular scenic lookouts in North Queensland. The track takes about an hour to complete and takes in three of Bowen’s fantastic beaches as well as the town itself and the surrounding ocean views.
The track starts near the Horseshoe Bay Resort, and winds its way up the boulder strewn headland before returning down to the ocean at picturesque Murray Bay, Bowen’s most secluded beach.
After a short walk across the sand, the trail snakes uphill again, this time up to the ageless landmark, Mother Beddock. The view from here is nothing less than spectacular. The final part of the track leads down to the peaceful and beautiful Rose Bay.
Fishing in Bowen
Fishing is one of Bowen’s most popular attractions. You can throw in a line from a beach, a creek, off some rocks or at the end of the jetty at the Front Beach. If its deeper water you are after, local fishing charters can take you to the reef and beyond where the big fish are found.
Fish found in the waters around Bowen include coral trout, barramundi (seasonal), cod and sweetlip as well as various types of mackeral.
Fishing on the Great Barrier reef is restricted by Zoning so be sure to get the right information before you go.
Zoning information as well as information about bag limits and size of fish can be gained by contacting the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 4786 3444.
The Big Mango
The BIG Mango represents the delicious tropical fruit which bears the Town’s name “Bowen Mango”. The fruit is also known by other names such as Kensington Pride or the “Bowen Special”.
The BIG Mango is located at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre, 4 km south of Bowen on the Bruce Highway. Contact (07) 4786 4222.
The Summergarden Theatre today is the major provider of screen and stage entertainment for the Bowen, Whitsunday, Proserpine and Collinsville districts. The theatre famously hosted the World Premiere of Baz Luhrman’s movie Epic “Australia” to major fanfare in 2007.
Spend a relaxing couple of hours of golf at the nine hole beachfront golf course on Queens Bay and visitors are always welcome. The clubhouse is equipped with a specialty store, bar and restaurant.
One of Bowen’s most beautiful spots is Muller’s Lagoon. Mullers Lagoon is about 23 and a half hectares of beautiful parkland right in the centre of town.
In recent years Muller’s lagoon has been converted into a superb botanical gardens and wetlands habitat. Mullers Lagoon is a great place for photographers and birdwatchers with 176 species of bird life inhabiting the area.
Bowen offers a great range of accommodation choices to cater for all tastes and budgets. You will find everything from traditional caravan parks with spectacular ocean views, through to motels, self-contained holiday units and 4.5 star absolute beachfront resorts where you can relax in style.
For something a little more unique, there are local Farm Stays in the area and are very popular with visitors where guests participate in all manner of farm activities. Bowen is the centre for a number of primary industries and backpackers are always welcome (especially at harvest time).