Bowen, Qld

Bowen is on Bruce Highway (A1)



Bowen Attractions

Bowen Museum

This museum is one of the best local history museums in Central Queensland. There is a fine collection of well preserved memorabilia and historical artefacts on display covering the geology of the district, early Aboriginal inhabitance, industrial history and early settlers. There is a restored 1873 slab cottage with furnishings of the time as well as shipwrecks including relics from the "Gothenburg" which sank off Bowen in 1875 with a loss of more than 100 lives.

Turn east off the Bruce Highway, 2.5 kilometres south of the Don River bridge and 2 kilometres north of the Bowen Village Caravan Park where it is signposted to Bowen, onto Don Street.Travel 2 kilometres then veer right onto Leichhardt Street. Take the second left at the roundabout onto Livingstone Street, then after 700 metres, turn right at the roundabout onto Herbert Street. Take the third right onto Gordon Street and the museum is 100 metres on the right.

Flagstaff Hill

There are 360 degree views of Edgecombe Bay, Gloucester Island and the township of Bowen from Flagstaff Hill. While you are there call into the cafe for refreshments then go upstairs where there is a viewing room which is a good place to be on a windy day. The road to Flagstaff Hill is sealed with a few sharp bends and a steep incline but not recommended for caravans. At the top there is a large car park, shelter sheds and toilets at the cafe.

Turn east off the Bruce Highway, 2.5 kilometres south of the Don River bridge and 2 kilometres north of the Bowen Village Caravan Park where it is signposted to Bowen, onto Don Street.Travel 2 kilometres then veer right onto Leichhardt Street. Take the second left at the roundabout onto Livingstone Street then take the second right onto Gregory Street. Travel 1 kilometre, turn left at the T-intersection onto Dalrumple Street, drive to the end of Dalrumple Street, turn right at the T-intersection onto Hay Street then take the first exit at the roundabout onto Peter Wyche Drive. After 1 kilometre, turn left onto Kings Beach Road then right onto Margaret Reynolds Drive and follow it to the car park. Flagstaff Hill is well signposted throughout the town.

Mullers Lagoon

This lagoon is in the centre of Bowen with botanic gardens and manicured lawns surrounding it. The parklands around the lagoon cover an area of just over 23 hectares and the wetlands attract a myriad of bird species making it a birdwatches paradise. Take a stroll around the perimeter of the lake along the pathway or just relax in the picnic areas provided.

From the north, turn left off the Bruce Highway, 1 kilometre south of the Don River bridge onto Lower Don Road (signposted to Queens Beach and Bowen). Follow this road which becomes Woodlands Road for 4.5 kilometres then turn left onto The Soldiers Road. ('Woolworths' is on the corner). After 300 metres there is a small area to park on the right.

From the south, turn right off the Bruce Highway, at the Bowen sign (where the highway veers left and signposted to Ayr and Townsville), onto Don Street. Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left immediately after the Pearly Shell Motel onto Leichhardt Street. Travel 1 kilometre then turn right at the T-intersection towards Bowen. After 750 metres turn left onto The Soldiers Road. ('Woolworths' is on the corner). After 300 metres there is a small area to park on the right.

Reservoir Lookout

This lookout, which is also called Mount Nutt lookout, offers a viewing platform at the top of the reservoir (lots of steps) providing visitors with views over Bowen's farming areas, the coastline and the coal loading port at Abbott Point. At the lookout there is only enough room for a couple of cars to park (NO caravans).

From the north, turn left off the Bruce Highway, 1 kilometre south of the Don River bridge onto Lower Don Road (signposted to Queens Beach and Bowen). Follow this road which becomes Woodlands Road for 3 kilometres then turn left onto Mount Nutt Road. Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left immediately after Craigie Court onto the unsealed road which takes you to the lookout.

From the south, turn right off the Bruce Highway, at the Bowen sign (where the highway veers left and signposted to Ayr and Townsville), onto Don Road. Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left immediately after the Pearly Shell Motel onto Leichhardt Street. Travel 1 kilometre then turn left at the T-intersection onto Richmond Street (in the opposite direction to Bowen). After 600 metres turn right onto Mount Nutt Road. Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left immediately after Craigie Court onto the unsealed road which takes you to the lookout.

Street Murals

If you prefer your history in living colour, then Bowen’s extraordinary wall paintings are a ‘must see’. The 25 historical murals, which are proudly displayed throughout the streets, depict the diverse history from the town’s early settlement to present day. The works began appearing in 1988 when the Bowen Shire Festival of Murals Society commissioned artists to decorate the town with a series of paintings reflecting watershed episodes in the regions history.

Bowen Tourism hosts a guided walking tour featuring the Bowen murals every Wednesday morning between May and September, beginning at 9.00am starting next to the Bowen Library and Council Chambers. A map tracing the mural walk through Herbert, Powell and George Streets is available at the Information Centre.

The Big Mango

Bowen is home to the Big Mango which carries the name sake of the town 'Bowen Mango'. It is situated next to the Bowen Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway, 4 kilometres south of the town. It is a 10 meter high Kensington Pride Mango and was built in 2002.

This page last reviewed on 6 Dec 2016