Bowen is a very nice place. On all fronts. The beaches, the services, industry, proud community, heritage management and an obvious great lifestyle make this place work.

Bowen enjoys a diversified and prosperous economy based on agriculture, fishing, tourism, and mining. Bowen's unusually dry climate for a tropical location, plus its fertile alluvial soil, makes it the ideal place to grow a wide variety of small crops, and much of the Bowen area is used for beef cattle.

The fact that Mackay ( south of Bowen) is not an absolutely fantastic and desirable commercial hub and that Townsville (to the nth) is just too far away for a return day journey has meant self sufficiency and a spend/invest locally has determined Bowen’s economic ‘success’.

The film Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, will be filmed in Bowen. Memorabilia is on display in the Grand View Hotel should be visited. Memorabilia at the North Australian Hotel likewise. The infamous cricket underarm incident against the Kiwis and others is on display.

The Bowen Museum has a couple of interesting features; the first a mid 19th century map of Qld and the other is the track of the Pioneer Pub Crawl, along the old Bowen Downs Rd.

The Churches are formidable Buildings.

The War Memorial is on the western end of the main street.

The Bowen Hotels are a mix of old, renovated and relatively new structures.

Bowen is so nice… A good place for an extended stop over in your trip.

Diary notes




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course