Bowen is about 40 minutes north of Airlie Beach. In 1875, the Gothenburg was wrecked off the shore here, with the loss of more than a hundred lives. Then, during the Second World War, it was a base for the Catalina Flying Boats. However, Bowen is now famous for it's beautiful climate and coastline. Bowen is the location for the epic film "Australia".
Abbot Point is situated 19 km north of Bowen and is Australia's most northerly coal-shipping port. Abbot Point was opened in 1984.
Bowen has plenty of beaches, with Horseshoe Bay being one of the most attractive and popular. Other good swimming beaches are Murray Bay and Queens Beach the longest beach in Bowen and has an enclosed stinger net.
The Bowen Historical Society Museum
This museum highlights Bowen's shipwreck history. There are also displays on the pioneers of the district and Aboriginal artifacts. 22 Gordon Street (07 4786 2035).
There is some lovely beachfront parkland in the heart of Bowen. Mullers Lagoon is close to the beach and has parks, walks and grassed picnic areas.
A stroll through the township will acquaint you with Bowen's murals. There are at least two dozen and are bright and colourful and each tells a story about the township. Australia's popular artist Ken Done is responsible for some of this art work.
This beach offers more than just surf and swimming, there is a variety of entertainment activities here. You can play tennis or golf, there is a bowling green and a cinema.
Stone Island, which lies 2 km offshore from Bowen, can be reached by ferry.
The Bowen Courthouse
Built in 1883 the courthouse is a large and impressive building in Herbert Street.