Bowen’s location within the Whitsundays offers visitors the opportunity to explore its northern areas that are relatively unexplored by the majority of Whitsunday visitors.

The snorkelling and diving which is accessible off the beaches in Bowen is said to be amongst some of the best fringing coral on the east coast of Australia.

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HeliTaxi Bowen Offshore Superboats July 17-19

Bowen Lions Sunday Markets

Held at Hansen Park, 8am – 12 noon, every Sunday from April to December

Coral Coast Community Markets
Held at Queens Beach Esplanade, 8am-12noon, 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday monthly from April to December

Airlie Beach Lions Markets
Held at Airlie Beach Esplanade, 8am – 1pm, every Saturday April to December

Whitsunday Farmer’s Markets
Held at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, Bruce Highway, Proserpine, 6am- 12noon. 1st &3rd Sundays

Mother Beddock Walking Track

Walking Track

Would you like to see three of Bowen’s great beaches as well as visit one of the most spectacular look-outs in North Queensland?

The walking track from Horseshoe Bay to Rose Bay takes approximately one hour to complete.

Starting near the Horseshoe Bay Resort, the track winds up the boulder strewn headland before returning down to the ocean at picturesque Murray Bay, Bowen’s secluded beach.

After a short walk across the sand, the trail snakes uphill again, this time up to the ageless landmark, Mother Beddock. The view from here is nothing less than spectacular.

The final part of the track leads down to peaceful but beautiful Rose Bay.

Fishing in Bowen


Fishing is one of Bowen’s biggest attractions. You can throw in a line from a beach, at a creek, off some rocks or the end of the jetty at the Front Beach. If its deeper water you are after, fishing charters from Ayr or Airlie Beach can take you where the big fish are.

Fish in the waters around Bowen include coral trout, barramundi (in season), cod and sweetlip as well as grey, spotted and spanish mackeral.

One thing to keep in mind while fishing around Bowen is the zoning for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. For more information about zoning, bag limits and size of fish. contact the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 4786 3444. As the TV ad says, “Don’t be the catch of the day”.

The Big Mango

Visit The Big Mango

The BIG Mango represents the delicious fruit which carries the name sake of the town “Bowen Mango”. The BIG Mango is located at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre, 4 km south of Bowen on the Bruce Highway.

For more on the Big Mango CLICK HERE

Bowen's History Explore the Bowen Museum

22 Gordon Street

World Famous Murals Admire the Murals

There are more than 25 historical murals, which are proudly displayed throughout Bowen’s streets, depict the diverse history from the town’s early settlement to present day.

Summergarden Theatre Catch a movie at the SummergardenTheatre

Check the Bowen Independent newspaper for cinema session information or head to

Snorkeling / Diving Try Snorkelling / Diving

Bowen has some of the best fringing coral literally meters off the beaches and bays and islands. If you are in the Whitsundays head to Bowen for some great snorkelling…
Contact Aussie Reef Dive on 4785 1415 for all the local knowledge and secret spots.

Back to Nature Get Back to Nature

Nestled where “the Bush meets the Beach”, Bowen has a number of natural attractions that must be on any visitors itinerary. From the relaxed bushwalks to the spectacular lookouts, these are sights you cannot miss. Bowen has five lookouts, each with it’s own amazing vista. Our premier lookout  on Flagstaff Hill is a must do while visiting Bowen; with its own lookout tower and binoculars, any visitor is sure to get the best view in the Whitsundays! Other lookouts include the Mt Nutt Lookout, Horseshoe Bay Lookout, Grays Bay Lookout and the Reservoir Hill Lookout.

Bowen Golf Course Play a Round on the Bowen Golf Course

Bowen has a 9 hole beachfront golf links on Queens Bay and visitors are welcome. The clubhouse is equipped with a specialty store, bar and restaurant.

Golf Links Road, 07 4786 1206

Muller's Lagoon Stroll around Muller’s Lagoon

 Mullers Lagoon is 23.57 hectares of picturesque parkland in the centre of town. The Lagoon is a hot spot for birdwatchers with 176 species of bird life inhabiting the area.

On the water Sail On the Water

Head down to the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club on Starboard Drive for some free harbour sailing. Head down at about 12pm to see how many boats have room for extras and get your name down. A great way to see the Bowen Harbour at Twilight!