Welcome to Bowen
Bowen is a small coastal town set on a hill just north of Airlie Beach, and is famous for its mangoes – Bowen gets busy during fruit-picking season – but known locally for its secret bays and inlets. Its wide, quiet streets, wooden Queenslander houses and laid-back, friendly locals encourage a gentle pace of life. The foreshore, with its landscaped esplanade, picnic tables and BBQs, is a focal point, but there are some truly stunning – and little-visited – beaches and bays northeast of the town centre.
Keep an eye out for the 'Bowenwood' sign on the town's water tower; Baz Luhrmann's epic movie Australia was shot here in 2007 and the locals are still a little star-struck.