Bowen’s prime location on the eastern coast of Queensland gives its visitors not one, but eight beautiful beaches to choose from. The most popular beaches are Front Beach, located at the end of the area’s main street, and Horseshoe Bay, Bowen’s best-known beach, where you can snorkel among a rainbow of fish and corals. For incredible photo ops, head to Rose Bay, which offers views of nearby Gloucester and Middle Islands. Greys Bay is another great spot for sightseers. Despite its name, it is anything but grey! Come here to see the spectacular contrast of blue sea lapping against white sand while colourful boats bob on the surface. If peace and quiet is what you’re after, head to Murray Bay, a beach away from the crowds. Oh, and don’t forget the king and queen of Bowen. Take your dog for a walk along Kings Beach, or visit Queens Beach during November to March and you might be lucky enough to see scores of baby turtles hatching from their nests. The daring can head to the clothing-optional Coral Bay – just be sure to bring something to wear to and from your destination.
Not so keen on getting wet and sandy? There’s plenty more to do in Bowen. Visit the Big Mango, a colourful and iconic representation of the Kensington Pride Mango (also known as the Bowen Special), one of the town’s prime crops. Burn off the tasty treats from your visit with a bushwalking trip to one of Bowen’s lookouts. You’ll be glad you did; the views of the neighbouring Whitsunday Islands are well worth it. For views of a different sort, Muller’s Lagoon in the centre of town is popular with birdwatchers looking to spot the 176 species of birds that call the area home. If it’s too hot for any outdoor activities, the Bowen Cinemas (aka the Summergarden Movie Theatre) offers a welcome relief with air conditioned comfort and all the latest blockbusters.
So, how do you get to Bowen? It’s an easy 40-minute drive from either Airlie Beach or the Whitsundays. If you’d prefer to travel as a passenger, you can catch a train or coach from Brisbane or Cairns and make it a holiday around Queensland. No matter how you get here, you’re sure to have a great time. Book your Bowen accommodation and start planning your next holiday today.
Hotels in Bowen start at AU$83 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.