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Bowen on the Whitsunday coast, is surrounded by 8 beautiful sandy beaches, beautiful bays and the perfect tropical climate. Bowen is one of those perfect little undiscovered treats near Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and an ideal destination for those seeking a laidback beach holiday.

Bowen is situated just 40 minutes drive north from Airlie Beach, in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay. It’s a picturesque beachside town that offers a beachcomber’s paradise with palm-fringed beaches to explore plus great reef, beach and estuary fishing. Bowen can also lay claim to having Australia’s best climate – with a daily average of eight hours of sunshine all through the year.

The azure waters of the Whitsundays lap the shores of Bowen’s tropical beaches, recognized as some of Queensland’s most pristine. The most popular are Horseshoe Bay and Queens Beach but visitors are well provided for at most of the beaches in the Bowen area with facilities including BBQ’s, picnic tables, children’s playgrounds and neatly maintained parkland areas – the ideal location for a family day out by the beach.

With some of the best fringing reefs of the Queensland coast lying just a few metres offshore from it’s not surprising that the area attracts snorkellers and divers keen to explore the coral gardens. Granite outcrops shelter the waters that are the habitat for a host of tropical fish that inhabit this corner of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are reefs waiting to be discovered just off the beaches of Horseshoe Bay, Grays Bay, Murray Bay and Rose Bay. The waters around Horseshoe Bay, Grays Bay and Murray Bay are popular dive spots for the diving enthusiasts.

Bowen is now home to the famous ‘BIG MANGO’. This is situated next to the Bowen Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway. The Centre stocks a range of Mango souvenirs and preserves as well as the famous locally produced ‘Mango Ice Cream’.

Activites and Experiences at Bowen

  • Camping
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Exercising
  • Flora
  • Fruit Picking
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkelling
  • Marine Animal watching
  • Walking
  • Accommodation
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Takeaway Food
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

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