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Bowen is one of the few places on the Queensland coast where you can walk off the beach and head underwater to see the living reef. Bowen has some of the best fringing coral in Queensland, literally metres from the beaches. Snorkellers will be amazed at the abundance of marine life just waiting to be discovered.

Scuba divers will not be disappointed either. Horseshoe, Rose and Murray Bays are the most popular for diving from the mainland, where the depths are only six to seven metres.

A WW2 landing craft (the Barge) lies about 18 metres underwater off Queens Beach, and makes for an interesting dive. Holbourne and Middle Islands are two of the most popular offshore dive islands, and give you the opportunity to enjoy a day trip out on the water, on your own adventure.

If you are interested in scuba diving, are looking to venture out further for more depth or to find a wreck or two, you will need access to a boat and your own equipment. 

Bowen's Walk to the Lighthouse

The daytime low tides during Bowen's winter months offer visitors the opportunity to "Walk to the Lighthouse".

The North Head Lighthouse is one of the oldest in Queensland, and is connected to the mainland by a sand bar. While your feet may get a little wet (wear reef shoes!) you will be amazed by the abundance of sealife in the shallows.

You'll stroll past giant red starfish, watch green sea turtles dart away across the sea grass beds, and you may be suprised by feather stars uncurling and crawling away. Bowen's squirting sea cucumbers are a favourite with the kids! Keep an eye on the horizon, you may be suprised by a mermaid tail! Our local dugongs often make an appearance as they graze in the shallows.