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Bowen

Bowen is one of the many charming towns on the Whitsunday Coast, with award winning, palm fringed beaches, beautiful bays and a warm tropical climate. Situated in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, 45 minutes north of Airlie Beach, this picturesque seaside town is a relaxed beachcomber’s paradise. Largely undiscovered, Bowen offers accommodation ranging from backpackers and caravan parks, to 4 star absolute beachfront apartments.

The Front Beach foreshore in Bowen has been developed with fun family activities in mind. With some of the best fringing reefs of the Queensland coast lying just a few metres offshore, the area attracts snorkellers and divers keen to explore the colourful coral gardens. 

Climb to the top of Flagstaff Hill for panoramic 360 degree views across the surrounding bays, follow the famous mural trail through this historic Queensland town, and visit the various locations used in the blockbuster Baz Luhrmann film 'Australia'. 

When heading north from Airlie Beach and Proserpine to Bowen, keep an eye out for the Big Mango, on the Bruce Highway just before you enter the town of Bowen. The Big Mango marks the Bowen Information Centre, a knowledgeable, friendly place to book all your Bowen accommodation and activities and an excellent source of information if you are planning to continue further north on your journey. 

Bowen, in the north of the Whitsundays, delights visitors with its gentle charm and its feeling of stepping back in time. There are also eight beautiful beaches surrounding the town where you can walk, fossick, swim and snorkel, with some fringing reefs just metres from the beach.

The region is also known for its abundant fruit and vegetables. Nicknamed the ‘salad bowl of the north’, Bowen and the surrounding districts produce mangoes, tomatoes, corn, capsicum, melons, beans, pumpkin and limes. There is also a plentiful supply of wild-caught seafood, available fresh every day off the boats as they come into the marina.