5 reasons to visit Bowen in Queensland

5 reasons to visit Bowen in Queensland


If you are travelling around Northern Queensland a stop in Bowen* for a few days or more should be on your itinerary! Why? Here are 5 reasons to visit Bowen!

*Bowen is a coastal town in the Whitsundays region of Queensland!


Bowen is famous for its mangoes and so what better way to show this (and their love for BIG things) than to have a big mango by the Bruce Highway on your way to town! (I am so impressed by these BIG things that I am on a hunt for more of them for a future post!)

The big mango is also next to the Bowen visitor information so stop off, take a photo and check out what the area has to offer!


Beautiful bays and magnificent palm fringed beaches surround Bowen. With so many beaches to choose from – 8 in total – you will be spoilt for choice!

We were staying in Rose Bay but we did venture out to check out the other beaches. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and it was a very windy weekend when we were in Bowen. It was still hot though and there were plenty of people enjoying the sand and sea.

Bowen beaches

The most popular beach in the area seems to be Horseshoe Bay – the beach has been rated in the top 11 of Australia’s beaches (and there are plenty to choose from.)

The average sea temperature in summer is 28 degrees and even in winter it only dips to an average of 22 degrees! Beautiful!!


The waters off the coast of Bowen host millions of beautiful fish. Hard and soft coral can be found just meters from shore and keen snorkelers can feast their eyes on the underwater beauty.

If scuba diving is your thing the most popular areas are at Rose, Murray and Horseshoe Bays where the water is only 6/7 meters deep.

Fishing is also popular in Bowen with plenty of places to reel in that catch of the day!


I love street art and the murals in Bowen are interesting as they reflect the history of the town from it’s early settlement to present day.We managed to take pictures of a few of them but there are  in total. It did pique my interest to find out more about the history of the town but unfortunately the Bowen historical museum is closed at a weekend (!?) Such a pity as I had read that it was an excellent museum.


I kid you not I have never tasted fish like it – it was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend a visit to Bird’s Fish Bar at the harbour if you are in Bowen! The restaurant/shop is literally on the harbour and the fish was so fresh it literally melted in my mouth. This alone is one of my reasons to visit Bowen again!

As well as the amazing fish and chips we had a lovely brunch at Le Sorelle -The Sisters Coffee House – do yourself a favour and pop in there when you are feeling peckish!

brunch in Bowen


If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Bowen then I cannot recommend Rose Bay Resort highly enough. Rooms are literally meters away from the beach. These fully equipped apartments are comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our short break there. There is a pool on site, parking is in a designated parking bay and free wi-fi throughout your stay.

We found the one bedroomed apartment perfect for our needs and we will definitely planning to stay there again soon!

Sit, relax and enjoy the view – it is truly jaw dropping.



Stinger season is from October to May and therefore stinger suits are advised if you are planning to go into the water. The 2 main stingers that can be found in these waters are the irukandji and the box jellyfish. Make sure to read the signs at the beaches and follow their instructions.


If you want to go to the museum as we did take note that it is not open at a weekend. As we were only staying in Bowen for the weekend that was slightly disappointing.

the museum - reasons to visit Bowen


Day trips to the Whitsundays are possible from Airlie Beach which is an hour south of Bowen. I would highly recommend booking a trip as there are some absolutely fantastic trips available from Cruise Whitsundays like the trip we took to Whitehaven Beach.


I haven’t seen this film – made in 2007 and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman but apparently it was shot in Bowen – there are a lot of pictures and information about it at Front Beach – also the site of another slightly smaller mango!!!! You may be interested to read “10 Australian films to watch before you visit”


I hope my 5 reasons to visit Bowen make you add into your itinerary if you are driving the Queensland coast – don’t drive through STOP for a few days and enjoy this beautiful coastal town! Read more about Northern Queensland in my other posts

The best time to visit Cape Hillsborough to see kangaroos

Finding platypus at Eungella National Park

Visiting Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays

Visiting a sugar cane farm in Northern Queensland

20 things to do in Queensland

Where to find Australian animals in their natural habitat in Queensland

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  1. November 26, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Great list Tracy! I visited Bowen last year during our Melbourne to Cairns road trip and it was great. Even though we only had a day to enjoy it, the big mango was indeed impressive and snorkelling off the beach was excellent too!

  2. November 27, 2017 / 8:05 am

    We passed through Bowen in 2005 , I now wish I had spent more time there. Anyhow you have given many good reasons to visit Bowen again, Thank you for sharing.

  3. November 28, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    We did drive through Bowen but we didn’t stop which is a shame! We were on a bit of a schedule because our Whitsundays and Fraser Island trip were really close together. It looks like we really should have lingered though! I love all the big things in Australia – we saw the Big Pineapple which was fun! Great looking beach and yummy food too! Thanks for sharing
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  4. November 30, 2017 / 6:41 am

    I didn’t visit Bowen but it is beautiful and I will definitely check it out when we return to Oz. I have watched the movie “Australia” but didn’t know it was filmed here! Don’t you just love all their “Bigs” lol, the Big Cassowary was my favourite although the Big Prawn is pretty funny looking 😀 #FeetDoTravel

  5. December 1, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Love the stinger suits…first time to hear that term. The water sounds amazing and a great place to snorkel and scuba dive except during jellyfish time. Now that is a huge Mango, but the real ones sound yummy! Bowen looks like a great place to visit. I must visit Australia. I pinned this for my trip there in the future. Happy you shared! #feetdotravel
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  6. December 2, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Ha ha ha the giant mango! Of course there’s a giant mango. Love it Tracy. I think I would go to Bowen just to see that. I’m looking forward to some Whitsunday sun sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

  7. December 2, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Oh my gosh the Mango! We have a giant artichoke here in California, that we’ve often visited! These all look like great reasons to stop and enjoy Bowen! I’ve never been to Australia, but I hope to someday. #farawayfiles
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  8. December 3, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Wow. The coastline at Bowen looks stunning!! Would love to visit one day! #farawayfiles

  9. December 13, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    It’s so beautiful! Love the look of snorkeling off those beaches (outside of jelly season!) and I’m dreaming of the fish & chips! All sounds amazing. Looks like you are enjoying your new home base for exploring! Cheers from much chillier Copenhagen! #FarawayFiles

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