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Your Whitsundays Experience Starts Here...

Your Whitsundays experience starts here...

Welcome to Bowen!

Bowen is an historic country town at the ‘top end’ of the Whitsundays, rich in local culture and character.

First stop is the award-winning Big Mango Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway just south of Bowen, or the information booth at Front Beach on Santa Barbara Parade, where you can pick up your visitor guide and get the best advice.

  • Follow the signs to Flagstaff Hill (via Herbert Street – Santa Barbara Parade – Peter Wyche Drive). NB. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TOWING VANS DUE TO STEEP INCLINE.
  • Return downhill and along Peter Wyche Drive taking a left at the roundabout onto Henry Darwen Memorial Drive.
  • Continue back along Santa Barbara Parade and find a handy parking spot from the ample free parking along the Front Beach area.
  • Drive along Herbert Street – Bowen’s main business centre – continue to Soldier’s Road and then Horseshoe Bay Road (following the signs to Beach Resorts).
  • Return via Horseshoe Bay Road to Soldiers Road and take a right at Tollington Road. Continue onto Golf Links Road.
  • Return via Golf Links Road and Tollington Road to Soldiers Road, turning right at the roundabout. Continue to Muller’s Lagoon on the left-hand side.
  • Return to main business centre along Herbert Street.
  • Time to go home or stay the night? See the team at Bowen Tourism & Business for souvenirs, travel advice and accommodation options.

This elevated viewpoint offers spectacular views of the township of Bowen, farmland and surrounding coast and northern Whitsunday islands. During winter months keep an eye out for Humpback and Minke whales as they make their way along the east coast. Explore the ‘bush tucker trail’ and read about local history at ‘360 on Flagstaff’ Café & Interpretive Centre.

Bowen has a long seafood industry history – grab a traveller’s pack of fresh local seafood from the co-ops at the Bowen Marina and, while you’re there, enquire about checking out the live tank displays for a peek at what’s been caught that day.

Cool shady trees, picnic facilities and the free Front Beach waterpark and playgrounds are just the spot for a stretch and play, especially for travelling families. A leisurely stroll along the Front Beach path will bring you to the Visitor Information booth. Grab a refreshing mango sorbet and take a walk along the 700m long jetty for a chance to spot green turtles and other sea life. Return to shore and walk past the information booth to find the Catalina display and discover Bowen’s involvement with the ‘flying boats’ during World War II.

Bowen has many beaches to choose from – you will be spoilt for choice. From Horseshoe Bay Road access the parklands to Queens Beach and ‘the Pocket’. Follow signs to Rose Bay to discover this hidden beachside suburb then continue right to the end of Horseshoe Bay Road to Horseshoe Bay itself. Here you will find arguably the best swimming beach in Bowen – the sheltered sandy bay is also home to easily accessed fringing reef. Snorkelling gear can be hired from Horseshoe Bay Resort and there is a great beachside café for morning tea.

Feeling adventurous? Explore the coastline and bush with the Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trail – the trail begins at Horseshoe Bay car park.

Need lunch or a snack? Make sure you stop for a break – try one of the local café’s, restaurants or takeaways, or make use of the many free picnic areas.

Whether you’re a keen golfer or just a lover of amazing beaches, Queens Beach is the spot for you. Queens Beach stretches along the front of the picturesque 9-hole golf course – casual visitors are welcome. At the end of Golf Links Road take a right, then left along Queens Beach Esplanade. Drive or walk along the esplanade walking path or beach for approximately 1.5km to the mouth of the Don River. Pelicans and other marine birdlife are common here and on windy days kite surfers make the most of the coast.

One street back from the esplanade on Muroona Street you can escape the heat and visit the historic Summergarden Theatre – catch a movie with all the latest cinema screenings.

With Bowen being in the cross region between tropical and savannah landscapes, numerous species of birds are native to the area and you can discover more than 170 species at Muller’s Lagoon. Beautiful gardens, trails and bird hides, public toilets and picnic facilities - a great spot for a picnic or for keen bird “twitchers”.

Explore Bowen’s long history as told through the famous murals. Armed with your copy of the Bowen & Collinsville Tourist Guide, either walk or drive to view 28 murals that adorn local businesses throughout town. Top it off with a visit to the Bowen Historical Museum on Gordon Street, which has preserved much of Bowen’s pioneer and industrial history.

Enjoy your stay!

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