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Bowen is a town on the coast in Queensland. Situated right on the Great Barrier Reef, and surrounded by some of the best beaches in Queensland, Bowen is widely regarded as one of the best kept secrets of the region.

Get in[edit]

Bowen is about 2 hours drive from both Mackay and Townsville along the Bruce Highway (A1).

Get around[edit]


Because Bowen is situated on a peninsula, most of its tourism comes from the 8 beaches situated on its three sides of ocean. Horseshoe Bay and Queens Beach are among the best. Nearby within walking distance of Horseshoe Bay, there is a clothes-optional beach

For history buffs, the Bowen Historical Society's Museum showcases the town's legacy as one of the oldest towns in Queensland.

  • The Big Mango




Bowen is famous for both its Roma tomatoes and mangoes.

Jochheim’s Bakery, graced by film greats such as Hugh Jackman during production of the 2008 Australia film, boasts incredible pies (including some named for the aforementioned actors).





Go next[edit]

Routes via Bowen
TownsvilleAyr N A1 S  ProserpineMackay

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