Welcome to Bowen

Situated at the top of the Whitsundays, Bowen has a very rich and interesting history; our town is the oldest town in North Queensland, first established in 1861, several years ahead of Townsville (1866) and Mackay (1869). It is also known as the birthplace of the Kensington Pride mango (fondly referred to as the ‘Bowen Special’).

Bowen offers visitors and our community a veritable paradise with eight beautiful beaches to enjoy and explore, plus a multitude of outdoor sports, including fishing, standup paddle boarding, golf & tennis. Our beautiful walks and trails can lead you to outstanding views of the town and bays.

Bowen is very well known for its diverse industries: including fishing and agriculture. Farmers grow a variety of fruit and vegetables throughout the year- they call Bowen the salad bowl of Australia for a reason, our locally caught fish are exported all over the globe.





Another great month to be in beautiful Bowen…read on to find out all the events you can be a part of in July.

July 2 – Head to the Bowen Bowls Club for their Monster Cent Sale.  The doors open at 11.00am, with the cent sale to kick off at noon.  There will be loads of great prizes to be won, plus lucky door prizes and raffles!!

July 9 – Naidoc Week Celebrations with Girudala – 9.00am – 3.00pm at the Bowen Soundshell

July 9 – This time it’s the Wangaratta Bowls Club turn to host their cent sale.  Doors open at 12pm with the cent sale to commence at 1.30pm.

July 9 – Uniting Church Morning Markets

July 10 – For the first time in its 50 year history, the Queensland Youth Orchestra will perform in Bowen.  The 35-member Queensland Youth Orchestra conducted by Sergei Korschmin with singer Anna Stephens is giving a lunchtime concert at 1.00pm on Sunday 10 July (last day of holidays) at McKenna Hall. Admission is just a $2 gold coin donation and the Lions Club will be providing afternoon tea. The concert will feature many popular songs and orchestral pieces. All welcome.

July 11 –  Bowen Mural Tour – jump aboard for an entertaining and informative tour of Bowen.  Be transported back through time as our tour guides lead you through the most significant moments in Bowen’s long and interesting history.  Bookings are absolutely essential – contact Bowen Information Centre on 47864222 to secure your spot…Tours cost $15, and include a scrumptious morning tea…Download the brochure

July 23 – 24 – HELLOOOOO SUPERBOATS!!  Yes they’re back…louder, faster and closer than ever before…get down to the foreshore, Dalrymple Point, Mt Gordon, Flagstaff Hill, Bowen Jetty….wherever your favourite vantage point is, just get there to enjoy the spectacle!!  Saturday night sees the 4TOFM Street Party with the boats lining the streets, market stalls, food stalls, Bowen is throwing out the welcome mat to the Superboat crews, superboat fans and the many visitors in town for this event…Sunday sees the finals!!  This is when the boat crews push their boats to the limit…like Formula 1 racing on water, these boats look like they’re flying and they are when they reach speeds up to 200km/hr!!

July 25 – Garden Tour – join the Bowen Garden Club in their third Garden Tour and enjoy this native oasis at Merinda which also includes a variety of orchids.  Bookings are essential and can be made by ringing the Visitor Information Centre on 4786 4222…tours cost $15, and include a scrumptious morning tea. Download the brochure for more info…

July 30 – Who doesn’t love Christmas in July?  Head to the Bowen Bowls Club for their Christmas in July…

July 31 – Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany’s finest ensembles, the Philharmonic Orchestra from Cologne.  Performing at St Mary’s Church from 2pm.  On the program is  Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky.  Tickets are available from the Bowen Information Centre.  Call 07 4786 4222.  Ticket prices are $35 for Adults, $30 for Seniors/Pensioner, $25 for Students, Children under 6 free.  Tickets can be purchased at the church on the day one hour prior to the concert from 1pm.