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.

Get ready for an action packed month of activities in Bowen & Surrounds!

6th AugustGiddy Up! The Ben Bolt Cup Race Meet is on at Bowen’s Ben Bolt Park. Expressions of interest are out now for members to join us in the Bowen Tourism & Business Member Marquee.

6th August – Join award winning guest poets for rollicking renditions of Aussie humour, verse & nostalgia at the PCYC Bowen Bush Poets event.

12th August – Local legends take on competitors from southern states & NZ in the Speedway East Coast Sidecar Roundup

13th August – Queens Beach State School Fete

13th August – Anglican Ladies Cent Sale

13th August – Catch the Bull, Barrel, Bronc & Bareback events @ Collinsville Bacon Buster’s 4B presented by Collinsville Rodeo Association

15th August – Step back in time and discover Bowen’s history as we uncover the stories behind the murals on the Bowen Mural Tour Bookings essential.

16th August – Sen-agers 60’s Revival

19th August – C&K Community Kindergarten Trivia & Auction Evening

20th – 21st August – Bowen & Collinsville Relay for Life. Teams from across the region have been fundraising hard to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services; culminating in the main event at Bowen Sporting Complex.

20th – 21st August – Descendants of James & Agnes Gordon reunion – 150 year anniversary of the Gordon’s settling in Bowen

21st August – Netball – the Bartec Cup Carnival

25th August – Pensioners HOI

27th August – Bowen / Collinsville Business Awards: Gala presentation to be held at the Merinda Hotel – watch this space for more detail!

27 – 28th August – Raising funds for the Cancer Council QLD, the Bowen Rolla Coaster Bike Ride will see participant’s cycle through Bowen’s farming regions & scenic surrounds to Collinsville

28th August – Variety B to B Bash stopover in Bowen

29th August – Join us for another Garden Tour of Bowen – this time exploring Walter & Judy’s Hibiscus garden, followed by a mystery garden! Bookings essential, call the VIC to secure your spot.