Bowen boasts a very nice golf course. The 9 hole, 18 tee course is very popular with fairways that run along the foreshore of the beach. It offers spectacular views out over the ocean.
The club was established in the 1920's so it has been in existance for quite some time. I think the cost was about $15 for 18 holes.
The par 70 course has a length of 5836 metres.
The most popular mango in Australia comes from here...the Bowen mango.
And of course in keeping with our tradition of having these BIG THINGS....Bowen had it's Big Mango.
It's a tourist information place and you can't miss it. On the left just south of the town.
There are some twenty or so murals in and around Bowen. Painted by local artists they cover such topics as local government, founding families and industry. The murals are numbered and maps can be obtained from the information centre and library.
The mural pictured adorns the wall outside the Magees Supermarket and is in recognition of the contribution that the South Sea Island community has made to the Shire of Bowen.
A lot of South Seas people were taken from their homes in the Banks Group, Hebrides and Vanuatu Islands and transported to Australia to work in the suger cane.
The unusual thing about this restaurant is that it is built on top of a hill and because of it's design it looks like a large boat from a distance.
The views out over the Whitsunday Islands are stunning. There is a large outdoor dining deck that wraps around the building.
The place is licenced and also offers wheelchair access.
Favorite Dish: We only went to this restaurant for afternoon tea. I ordered a flat white coffee and apple pie which was ok. The coffee was a bit strong and I should have ordered half strength.
The Devonshire Teas that my friends had looked scrummy and going by the reports, they tasted alright too.
Cost for the Devonshire Teas was $8 and my order was about the same.
This popular little pie shop was the busiest bakery I had ever seen. People were lined up out the door and down the street! The fact that it was a Sunday and the town was full of sightseers probably had something to do with it.
Inside was very interesting. They had a dine in area and its walls were hung with old photographs of Bowen in the early years.
Favorite Dish: I had a pie with peas. The filling was ok but the pastry was a bit too soft for my liking. Overall it wasn't too bad.
The Grand Hotel is the only pub in Bowen posessing a late license, it has three distinct areas. The gaming room, ching, ching. The Bar, usually a DJ or band on Friday and Saturday nights and the other bar, pool tables and big screen TVs for sports viewing.
Dress Code: No flip flops, smart casual
Bowen has a train station but unfortunately not all trains stop here so you need to check timetables. The train tends to be more expensive then the bus but the comfort factor is higher and there is always the dining car. All train services are non-smoking so you have to jump on and off at stations to get a nicotene fix. Sleepers are available for longer journeys but you need to book in advance and they can be very costly. There is an express service by tilt train from Brisbane to Rockhampton which is being extended to Cairns, but is still under construction
There are two types of jellyfish (Stingers) that are found in the warm waters of QLD in the summer months from the end of September to the end of May. The Box Jellyfish or seawasp and the Irukndji. They can be fatal. Vinegar is used to treat the site of a sting and can be found at regular posts along the beaches although victims will still require further treatment.
SWIM IN THE NETS!!
Nets are located at Queens Beach during the stinger season and lifeguards are on duty daily.
Driving around Bowen it seems that any blank wall or fence is not safe. Throughout the town large interesting murals can be seen. Most depict the early days of the town and are quite well done.
They certainly brighten the place up.