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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What’s On Bowen



March 12thInternational Womens Day Lunch. Hosted by Bowen’s Zonta Club at the Merinda Hotel
March 17th – The streets of Bowen will turn Green for Locals 4 Locals St Patrick’s Day night markets – entertainment, street stalls, late night shopping, Irish dollars auction & more!
March 31st – Trivia Night @ Bowen State High School
April 2nd – Buck Off Melanoma‘ yacht race fundraiser – watch this space for more info
April 8thBowen Turf Club kicks off the racing calendar with their April Race Meet.
Weekly – Bring the kids, the dog and the whole family and join Bowen Parkrun for a 5km seaside run, walk or shuffle. Every Saturday morning, 7am @ Barker Park, Horseshoe Bay Rd.
Dreaming of a North Queensland Winter Escape? Plan your visit to coincide with one of Bowen’s standout events:
May 14th Mother’s Day Classic
May 21 – ‘Buck off Melanoma‘ – Walk the Walk for Melanoma @ Hansen Park
June 3rd Whitsunday Cup
June 9th-11thBowen River Rodeo
June 27thBowen Show
July 22nd – 23rd Bowen Offshore Superboat Championships