Bowen - Top of the Whitsundays
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Bowen is situated at the Northern tip of the Whitsundays region, a one hour drive from Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine. Bowen is best known for it's stunning sandy beaches, country town vibe and amazing views out towards the Whitsunday Islands. When you're based in Bowen for a holiday there are many activities to enjoy across the entire region. 

Airlie Beach

Known as a tourist hotspot, Airlie Beach offers visitors a diverse range of tours both on the water and land, as well as fantastic restaurants, shops and weekly markets. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day to enjoy, we can assist with booking an experience to cater to your interests. There are also several walking trails through the Conway National Park within an easy drive from the town centre.

airlie beach

Whitsunday Islands

Famous around the world for glimmering turquoise waters, fringing reef and majestic hoop pines, the Whitsunday Islands are a great option for a day visit or special getaway. You can also experience a sailing adventure that will take in views of the islands and favourite snorkelling spots. Many tours include a visit to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see extraordinary white sands and one of the world's favourite lookouts.

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Great Barrier Reef

Just a two hour boat ride, or thirty minute flight, from Airlie Beach is the well known Heart Reef. Situated within the Great Barrier Reef, visitors can spot this iconic location from the air, or head to the Cruise Whitsundays pontoon for a day snorkelling on the reef. We have a number of options that can be booked from the Big Mango Visitor Information Centre.

heart reef


Located 20 minutes inland from Airlie Beach, Proserpine boasts a busy town centre with eclectic shops and great coffee. Head a little further inland and discover Peter Faust Dam, the perfect spot to land a barramundi. There's a newly built camp ground and great facilities for a day trip or overnight camp out.



Collinsville is known as the Whitsundays Heart of the Outback and is a one hour drive inland from Bowen. The trip will take you through Bowen's farming county before heading into the hinterland. Collinsville was settled over 100 years ago as a mining town and retains it's old-world charm. While in town check out the Pit Pony sculpture dedicated to Australia's last working pit ponies and the Coalface Experience, showcasing the town's long history of struggle, strife and mateship. Outside Collinsville is the historic Bowen River Hotel on the banks of the Bowen River. Once a Cobb & Co stop, the hotel is a step back in time and reveals how life on the land was in the 1800s.


More information about the Whitsundays region can be found in our visitor guide here or by heading to


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