Welcome to Bowen

Situated at the top of the Whitsundays, Bowen offers visitors 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 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 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.


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Welcome to the New Year in Bowen!

31st December – New Year’s Eve: Head to the Bowen Foreshore for Whitsunday Regional Council’s family friendly fireworks spectacular at 8.30pm. Bring your food, drinks & picnic blanket or chairs.
1st January – Happy New Years!
8th January –
Lions Markets at Hansen Park, Horseshoe Bay Road. Stalls, food & entertainment at the beach from today and every Sunday year round. 7.30am – 12pm
January 23-25th – Adani Supplier Roadshow
Rockhampton/Emerald/Mackay/Clermont/Townsville. Book your tickets now.
23rd / 24th January – Local event organisers are invited to attend Tourism Whitsundays’ Event Bootcamp
26th January – Australia Day. The perfect day to head to the beach and hit the water with family & friends.


Due to funds being returned from the 2015 Gem of the Coral Coast Festival Funding Program, Bowen Tourism & Business is hosting another mini funding round with $6600 available to organisations in Bowen & Collinsville. Interested organisations should submit an application before January 31st 2017.

  1. 2017 Funding Guidelines
  2. 2017 Funding Application Form
  3. 2017 funding-acquittal-form