Welcome to Bowen
A small coastal town set on a hill north of Airlie Beach, Bowen is famous around Australia for its mangoes – it gets busy during fruit-picking season – and known locally for its secret bays and inlets. Its wide, quiet streets, classic stilted Queenslander houses and laid-back, friendly locals all contribute to a relaxed and dignified air. 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. The Ngaro and Gia peoples are the traditional owners of the land Bowen stands on.
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.