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Bowen - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘Climate Capital of Australia’

One of the oldest established towns in Queensland on one of the finest harbours in Australia, Bowen was first discovered in 1859 by Captain Henry Daniel Sinclair, he named it Port Denison, two years later Mr Sinclair and George Elphinstone Dalrymple founded the town of Bowen on April 12 1861.

Bowen has a rich maritime history with several shipwrecks taking place nearby including the "Gothenburg" which sank off Bowen in 1875 with a loss of more than 100 lives. The town is rich in history and thankfully a lot of it has been preserved in the local museum.

Bowen today is the undiscovered jewel of north Queensland with many beaches within a short distance of the centre of town. Reef snorkelling is a popular past time for visitors and can be done directly from the mainland no travelling for kilometres out to sea. Secluded bays such as Rose Bay, Greys Bay, Murray Bay and Horseshoe Bay are fine snorkelling locations.

Other events of note include the Bowen Family Fishing Classic, held each September with a sizeable amount of prize money up for grabs and the Bowen Multicultural Festival.

Bowen is known as the climate capital of Australia because of its relatively constant temperatures allowing year round swimming. Note the stinger season is from November to March. Stinger free enclosures are available at Queens beach.

Check out our listing of Bowen accommodation and Whitsunday accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Bowen the Whitsundays - Out of the BlueBowen Visitors Information Centre
Bruce Highway
Mount Gordon
Ph/Fax: 07 4786 4222
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Bowen Attractions

Bowen Multicultural Festival
• Welcome to Bowen  “Top of the Whitsundays”, take a break and enjoy the Festival of Multicultural to be held at picturesque Mullers Lagoon. This location is the perfect place to hold this festival with its natural park area, picnic facilities and proximity to the town centre. This festival is organised by Bowen Tourism to bring the community a little closer.
Cape Upstart National Park
• Small isolated and little known this park is only for the adventurous bushwalker. Located 30km north of Guthalungra access to the park is by boat only. The location was originally named by Captain Cook in June 1770 on his voyage of discovery up the Queensland coast.
Flagstaff Hill
• Flagstaff Hill offers beautiful 360-degree views of ocean and islands, and at zero or very low tide it is possible to walk from the mainland at Dalrymple Point across to the island of North Head to explore the old lighthouse. It has a sheltered picnic area and no facilities.
Mullers Lagoon
• Almost 24 hectares of parkland in the middle of town, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon. Facilities include toilets for the disabled, playground, fitness equipment, picnic area with barbecue, shade trees, lawns, displays of dry climate plants, native and exotic shrubs and perennials, plus over 140 different types of bird, (a birdwatchers paradise).
Queens Beach
• Facilities for the disabled, barbecues, play equipment, tables, shade trees, fishing, swimming, toilets and enclosed stinger net during the stinger season. Lifesaver patrolled during the season. Winner of NQ's Litter Prevention Award 2001.
Rose Bay
• Relax under shaded trees, tables, landscaped gardens, walking tracks, rock fishing, swimming, snorkelling, toilets, and panoramic views. Winner of NQ's Young Legends Award 2001 in conjunction with Bowen Primary School.

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Bowen Distance

Distance to Bowen
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Bowen:
• Airlie Beach 76
• Brisbane 1,154
• Cairns 544
• Charters Towers 275
• Mackay 188
• Mount Isa 1,045
• Port Douglas 610
• Townsville 200
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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