Bowen’s location is relatively unexplored by the majority of Whitsunday visitors, being situated about an hour's drive north of Airlie Beach.
One of the best kept secrets of Bowen is that the snorkelling and diving is accessible straight off the beaches in Bowen, and it is said to be amongst some of the best fringing coral reef on the east coast of Australia. Fantastic year round weather and sparkling blue seas make Bowen a popular choice with visitors from all over Australia.
First stop - the Big Mango!
Australia is famous for "big" things along the highways of the country, and Bowen has it's very own major landmark at the southern entrance to the town, the Big Mango!
Stop in at the information centre for helpful local advice on what to see and do in the lovely town of Bowen, and have a photo at the Big Mango.
Lookouts and Walking Tracks
Bowen has a series of spectacular lookouts taking in the expansive scenery of the Queensland coast. The premier lookout on Flagstaff Hill is a must do while visiting Bowen, with its own lookout tower and binoculars. Other lookouts include the Mt Nutt Lookout, Horseshoe Bay Lookout, Grays Bay Lookout and the Reservoir Hill Lookout.
Mother Beddock Walking Track
The Mother Beddock 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.
One of Bowen’s most beautiful spots is Muller’s Lagoon. Mullers Lagoon is 23.57 hectares of picturesque parkland in the centre of town, which has been turned into a superb botanical gardens and wetlands habitat. Mullers Lagoon is a hot spot for birdwatchers with 176 species of bird life inhabiting the area.
Snorkelling / Diving
Bowen offers some excellent snorkelling and diving, with some coral reefs located right off the beach allowing an easy shore-entry dive experience.
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.
For more information on what to see and do in Bowen, visit the website of Tourism Bowen.