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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Bowen is back in business
Recently hit by the force of nature, Bowen and the Whitsundays endured Category 4 Cyclone Debbie on the 28th March 2017. In the short time since this event, Bowen community and business have rolled up their sleeves, cleaned up and are back in business ready to welcome visitors to our region.
Accommodation, dining, cafes and businesses in Bowen have been working hard and showing the famous Queenslander spirit to recover from TC Debbie.
The majority have now reopened, with many housing & feeding the amazing essential services crews that are in our region to support our recovery, and we’re ready to welcome back our visitors.
Thanks to the hard work of the hundreds of emergency and essential services that came to our rescue, power and water has been reestablished. Parks and gardens are well on their way to being fully usable and of course our beaches are as beautiful as ever!
If you have an existing travel or accommodation booking for the The Whitsunday region we recommend you contact the operator directly to confirm your booking. Contact details are available on this website, or contact us at The Big Mango Information Centre on 07) 4786 4222 for more details.
If you have not made holiday plans, consider a trip to #visitbowen! The majority of operators in Bowen are expecting to be 100% operational for Easter; with spectacular beaches, beautiful lookouts and a warm & welcoming community, a ‘Top of the Whitsundays’ holiday is a great way to support our region and treat yourself at the same time!
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Dreaming of a North Queensland Winter Escape? Plan your visit to coincide with one of Bowen’s standout events: