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Top Things to do in Bowen

With award-winning, palm-fringed beaches, beautiful bays and a warm tropical climate. Situated on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, Bowen is a relaxed beachcomber’s paradise.

  • Bowens Beaches
  • The Big Mango
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Activities
  • What to Eat in Bowen?
  • History & Heritage
  • Family Fun

Bowen Beaches

Bowen is home to eight incredible sandy tropical beaches surrounding the town, some with the best fringing reefs lying just a few metres offshore.

Spend hours enjoying the beach and exploring the famed granite outcrops of Horseshoe and Rose Bay or make your way to Kings Beach to experience views over Gloucester, Middle and Stone Islands. Check out Queens Beach for a leisure stroll, at 5km it is the longest beach in Bowen.

The Big Mango

When heading 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 Visitor 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. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the mango and share on your socials with #lovewhitsundays and #visitbowen.

HOT TIP: Make sure to try out the local mango sorbet!

Walking Trails

One of the best ways to explore Bowen’s attractions and coastal scenery is via the many beautiful walking tracks and lookouts. From the wheelchair and stroller friendly track of Hanson Park to Horseshoe Bay, to the Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trail nature lovers will be impressed by postcard-worthy lookout views of the bays and beaches, whilst having the opportunity to see native wildlife up close.

Bowen’s premier lookout is Flagstaff Hill and a ‘must do’ whilst visiting Bowen; featuring a lookout tower and binoculars, it offers the best view in The Whitsundays.

Water Activities

Did you know you can walk off the beach and head underwater to explore the living reef? High tide times allow snorkelers to explore up into the rocks and swim among the bountiful fish life at Horseshoe and Murray Bays.

Head towards Airlie Beach and enjoy a day out on the water! From snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef to fishing around the Whitsunday Islands or lounging on Whitehaven Beach, there is a great range of activities available for everyone!

What to Eat in Bowen?

Whether you are looking for a restaurant, coffee house, a beachside cafe or a pub, Bowen offers a wide choice of dining experiences, most within walking distance of your accommodation. Menus burst with dishes that use top quality local fresh produce, beef and seafood.

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.

History & Heritage

Holding the title of North Queensland’s oldest town, Bowen has a long, colourful history. Officially declared a town in 1861, the region’s history predates that by many years. Bowen Historical Museum is rated as one of the best museums in Queensland. Memorabilia and rare artifacts including shipwreck relics paint quite a story of the adventures of the town and its people. Follow the famous mural trail through this historic Queensland town, and visit the various locations used in the blockbuster Baz Luhrmann film ‘Australia’.

Family Fun

A playground of adventure for all ages, Bowen offers family-friendly natural areas to explore. Did someone say turtle spotting off the Bowen jetty? Head to the FREE Bowen Waterpark located at Front Beach and cool down on the range of slides or head to Hansen Park and enjoy the expansive area for a family game of cricket!

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