Visiting Bowen

Visiting Bowen

With a perfect climate all year round, the Bowen region is ideally located to explore the coastline and waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Bowen has eight beautiful beaches within 10 minutes of the marina, some of them with fringing reefs metres from the shoreline. With an average water temperature above 20°c throughout the year, our seaside town is a snorkeling and scuba diving paradise.

For those who like to walk, there are trails galore on the headlands of Bowen – the most prominent of which is the walk from Horseshoe Bay to Rose Bay, passing by the majestic lookout of Mother Beddock.

The Great Barrier Reef

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is the number one activity for visitors to Far North Queensland.

Over 2300km long, the reef is the largest living thing on Earth. Visible from space and consisting of thousands of corals reefs and islands, the Great Barrier Reef is home to a multitude of fish species, dugongs, turtles, dolphins and sharks.

Great Barrier Reef

Beaches

Bowen is reknowned for its many beaches. Whether you are into snorkelling, windsurfing, kayakking or just lazying on the sand, one of our beaches will be perfect for you.

  • Front Beach
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Rose Bay
  • Murrays Bay

  • Queens Beach
  • Kings Beach
  • Grays Bay
  • Coral Bay
Rose Bay

Birdwatching

Situated in the centre of town, Bowen’s botanical gardens and wetlands, known as Mullers Lagoon, covers an area of around 13 hectares when full. The lagoon is a birdwatchers delight as it is home to over 176 bird species and many enthusiasts can be found around the lagoon in the winter months.

Muller’s Lagoon is also popular with locals and includes a playground, picnic area with barbecues and plenty of shady trees. The walking track around the lagoon features interpretative facilities, seating and bridges with displays of dry climate palms, native and exotic shrubs and perennials

Little Pied Cormorant

The Big Mango

Continuing the Australian fascination with all things “big”, Bowen is home to not one but two big mangoes!

Situated on the highway just south of Bowen, the biggest mango is home to the Bowen Tourism information centre. Take a photo with the biggest mango in Australia, try a mango smoothie at the info centre and find out more about our amazing region and what you can do in it.

Within walking distance of the Bowen Marina, the smaller mango is located at Front Beach at the end of Bowen’s main street. A small information booth is also available here for our visitors.

The Big Mango
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