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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Check out the events happening in Bowen this month!

The weather has been perfect and we’ve taken the chance to head out snorkeling at Horseshoe Bay, and join in the walks to the Lighthouse. Bowen’s events calendar is packed this August with fantastic parties, balls, celebrations, sports & a night of fashion! Keep up to date with everything that is happening in Bowen by following us on Facebook, and by downloading the Bowen App. Share your images with us by using #visitbowen, #lovewhitsundays, #thisisqueensland & #seeaustralia.


August 2017

Friday 4th – Mayor’s Charity Ball

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Saturday 5th- Ben Bolt Cup Race Day

Head to the Bowen Turf Club on Flemington Road for a day by the racetrack! Find them on Facebook

Saturday 5th – Collinsville Bacon Busters – a Bucking Good Swine

Now in its 4th year! More than just a boar hunt! Prizes for biggest boar, biggest sow, biggest tusks, biggest barrow, best natural colour pig plus many more novelty events such as toad races, piggin’ rig comp, dog jump comp, man and dog races, with great fun and prizes for the whole family! Barrel racing, saddle bronc & bull rides. Gold Coin Entry plus Free Camping! Click here for more info

Friday 11th – Locals 4 Locals A Walk through Time Street Party

Enjoy the night markets, live entertainment and celebrate Bowen’s history with a Walk through Time from 5pm.

Saturday 12th – Bowen Jetty 150 Years

Lunchtime will kick off entertainment on the stage down the front beach with local dance schools, bands and local talent. From 6pm there will be a public screening of the movie Australia at the front beach, followed by fireworks at 8pm.

Saturday 12th – Tuesday 15th – Bowen Art Society Art Exhibition

Local art enthusiasts display their work at the North Denison Sailing Club.

Saturday 19th – The Runway – A Night of Fashion & Art

This is an event Bowen has never experienced before. Walk our Glamorous Red Carpet entry with ‘Runway’ Photography. Receive your Free Giftbag with sponsor discounts and Fashion Freebies. Enjoy Free wine on arrival whilst browsing the amazing artistic local talents. Be wowed by stunning fashion and contemporary dance performances. Then relax to soulful sounds from Lauren’s live music on Stage. All of this together with sumptuous grazing canapes dinner and lucky ticket prizes drawn throughout the night.

Sunday 20th – Walk to the Lighthouse

The last opportunity in 2017 to walk to the North Head lighthouse to check out the restoration and have a chat with some starfish on the way. Low tide is at 3pm so aim to walk an hour earlier.

TBC – Bowen & Collinsville Business Awards

Bowen Tourism & Business will present the annual Bowen & Collinsville Business Awards at the Merinda Village Hotel. Click here to go to our website

Saturday 26th –  Bottoms on the Grass

Head to the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club on Starboard Drive for a day of family fun and live music in support of Crohns & Colitis Australia. Find them on Facebook