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.





Have you ever wanted to be inspired by other people’s gardens…or have you ever wondered about the history of our amazing murals around town?  Well we at Bowen Tourism & Business have planned a series of wonderful tours around our great town to inspire and educate you…cause that’s what we love to do…

23rd May:  Why not take a tour of one of the most picturesque gardens you will ever see.  Spilling onto Brisk Bay, this garden will inspire you to wrap those green thumbs in garden gloves and get planting.

30th May:  The first mural tour…jump on board and take a step back in time, as the history of Bowen is revealed through the numerous murals scattered through town…

13th June:  The second mural tour….

27th June:  Be captivated with the calm and tranquility of this beautiful tropical garden, then move on to a second garden, one full of the vibrant colours of the desert rose.

11th July:  The third mural tour…

25th July:  Nothing beats the beauty of our native flora, and this garden full of native plants will delight.  The Oasis at Merinda will also feature a variety of orchids.

15th August:  The last mural tour…

29th August:  The scents, the colour and the delight that is the Hibiscus.  Stroll through this garden and enjoy the treats to the senses that only this tropical plant will provide.

All tours cost $15 per person, and include morning tea.  Bookings are essential – contact the Information Centre on 4786 4222 to secure your seat.

Click  brochure to download the full itinerary…

Brisk Bay Garden