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About 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.

What to Do in Bowen

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. Make sure to try out the local mango sorbet and grab your Big Mango souvenir along with your information. 

Bowen Historical Museum is rated as one of the best museums in Queensland. The rich history including the Aboriginal past and industrial growth is recorded here. Memorabilia and rare artefacts including shipwreck relics paint quite a story of the adventures of the town and its people.

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.

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Where to Stay in Bowen

Stay in beautiful Bowen home to excellent beaches and friendly people. We offer comfortable resorts with brilliant views, apartments, well-priced motels and more. Take a look and book your stay in Bowen with ease.

How to Get to Bowen


Cairns to Bowen by road takes 6.5 hours. You can make a lunch stop at Townsville, which is around 4 hours from Cairns. Here, you can visit the famous Billabong Sanctuary Wildlife Park and The Reef HQ Aquarium.
Brisbane to Bowen takes 12.5 hours. During this long journey, you can make pit stops at Hervey Bay, Yeppoon and Mackay to enjoy the beauty and culture of these unique towns. You can consider staying the night at Yeppoon or Rockhampton, where accommodation is relatively more cost-effective.


Access to Bowen by air via the Whitsunday Coast Airport located at Proserpine, with direct regular flights from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. From the airport to Bowen is a 50 minute drive; hire a car for the short journey or book a transfer via bus charter.


People travelling from Cairns and Brisbane to Bowen can take the ‘Spirit of Queensland’ train.
Cairns to Bowen takes 9 hours.
Brisbane to Bowen takes 13.5 hours.


Cairns to Bowen by bus takes a bit over 8 hours.
Brisbane to Bowen by bus takes 19.5 hours.


Why Bowen

Bowen is Whitsundays’ best-kept secret. Beautiful beaches surrounded by azure waters teeming with coral gardens and thriving marine life – live the dream in Bowen. Bliss out under the sun, snorkel the fringing reef or explore the coastline on a hike. Sample the tastes of the region, from delicious summer mango to fresh local seafood with water view dining or simple fish and chips on the beach. This place is as special as they come. The serene beaches with sparkling water, delicious food, coffee shops, local Sunday markets and the friendly locals - holiday in Bowen and you’ll never want to leave.

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