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With fabulous fishing, secure swimming, stunning beaches and magical mangoes, Bowen is an RVer’s paradise.
· Lovely climate
· Good fishing, swimming and snorkelling
· Many walks
· Historic city with murals
· Local, low-cost mangoes in season
Bowen lies halfway between Mackay and Townsville in north Queensland. It has a few of stone island bambino one of the best boating within the nation, which is why Denyse and that i chose to settle there and open Queens Seashore Medical Centre shortly after we had been married.
After several years working in our surgery, where Denyse saw the patients and i seemed after the books, we offered out to function our charter yacht Arabesque out of Bowen, doing 10-14-day charters via the Whitsunday Islands.
It was only once we had been getting ready to depart Bowen to reside in Mackay (and return to our actual jobs again) that we found two of Denyse’s Danish ancestors came to Bowen on one of the primary immigrant ships and had been married there. So Bowen still holds a magical charm for us.
Bowen is north Queensland’s oldest city, courting back to 1861. The very large streets allowed horse-drawn drays to turn and they are an appealing aspect of the town. Many authentic buildings nonetheless exist and there’s a historic walk previous them that features 25 large murals painted by a number of artists. The Bowen Historical Museum is among the finest small-town museums in Queensland.
Be sure to go to the Summergarden Theatre at Queens Seaside. This historic building still reveals films and has a group of artefacts from the filming of the movie Australia, which was partly filmed in Bowen.
There are a variety of walking tracks in Bowen: one in every of my favourites starts on the Coral Coast Big4 Holiday Park, the place we stayed. This paved monitor, which is wheelchair pleasant, leads around Queens Bay to Grays Bay and on to Horseshoe Bay.
Muller’s Lagoon has a walking observe around it and is a haven for birds, together with many migrating accessory species. It is a picturesque, quiet place with a playground for kids, barbecues and toilets.
Others embody Queens Beach stroll, Front Beach and jetty, Kings Beach walk and Muller’s Lagoon to Queens Bay.
There are additionally walks to various lookouts including one above Horseshoe Bay.
Most people know of Bowen mangoes (‘Kensington Pride’), but different major crops are also grown here, together with tomatoes, capsicums, candy corn, watermelons and rockmelons, to say just some.
There are two supermarkets, Woolworths and IGA, plus Woolworths and Coles gas, motor and tyre dealers, a hospital and private doctor’s surgeries and all the outlets you’ll anticipate in a town of around 8000 folks.
There are several bowling clubs and the very picturesque golf membership runs alongside Queens Seashore.
The yacht membership at the tip of the marina is an effective place for a quiet drink, watching fishing trawlers and private boats coming and going, or maybe e-book in there for a meal.
There can also be a priceless fishing trade, notably prawns, mackerel and reef fish.
Bowen is blessed with eight beaches. Because of the small tides, these are all supreme for swimming, and most have coral viewing around the rocky shores. Horseshoe Bay is particularly good for snorkelling, swimming and fishing, while the best coral could also be found at low tide between Dalrymple Level and Lighthouse (North Head) Island.
All beaches right here have their very own charm, and you’ll always find one that’s completely sheltered. Coral Bay is a ‘clothing optional’ beach.
Front Beach lies at the end of the main avenue, and has been transformed into a delightful picnic space, with barbecues, toilets, a children’s play area, a skate park and other sights.
There’s a magnificent view from Flagstaff Hill, which additionally has a viewing platform and a cafe, open most days.
One other good view of beaches and farms may be had from Mount Nutt lookout, close to Queens Seaside. Neither of those lookouts is suitable for caravans.
The fishing in Bowen is nice and the choices are many, from rock fishing to beaches, inlets, the harbour, off the rock wall close to the yacht membership or off the jetty. You may set pots for mud crabs, toss a stone island bambino net for prawns, or try squidding off the jetty at night.
When you have a tinnie, try Raywards Reef, simply off Queens Beach, or Inaminka Rocks, off Grays Bay. There are other reefs off Kings Beach and Poole Island that additionally harbour crayfish.
However if you happen to can’t catch your own fish there are two retail outlets on the harbour the place you could purchase local fish, prawns, scallops and other seafood.
Bowen has small tides and a sheltered harbour, protected by Gloucester Island, making it a boating mecca. There is a passage through the southern nook of Gloucester, leading through to Montes Reef Resort, Cape Gloucester Eco Resort and the Whitsunday Islands.
Middle Island is only a few miles off shore and is surrounded by coral reefs with a fairly seashore on the northern side. Stone Island also has a very good seashore and did have a small resort there some years ago.
Holbourne Island has great reef fishing and is a good place to spend a day snorkelling or fishing if in case you have a larger boat.
You can even fish in front of your caravan from the beachfront websites on the Coral Coast Holiday Park.
This four.5-star tourist park has lately been bought by the Woolman household and was beforehand generally known as the invention Park and Coral Coast Tourist Park before that.
The Woolmans has a policy of updating and enhancing any parks they buy, and their plans embody upgrading and renaming their Bowen park. The brand new title is a mouthful. It’ll turn out to be the Big4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park.
The park options a number of waterfront powered sites, with power, water and sullage close to the rear of your van. Most sites in the park are drive by means of. All have concrete awning slabs. Also on the waterfront are free barbecues and seats while waterfront cabins are additionally a function.