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With fabulous fishing, safe swimming, beautiful beaches and magical mangoes, Bowen is an RVer’s paradise.
· Lovely climate
· Good fishing, swimming and snorkelling
· Many walks
· Historic town with murals
· Local, low-cost mangoes in season
Bowen lies halfway between Mackay and Townsville in north Queensland. It has a few of one of the best boating in the country, which is why Denyse and i chose to settle there and open Queens Seaside Medical Centre shortly after we have been married.
After several years working in our surgery, the place Denyse saw the patients and that i seemed after the books, we sold out to function our charter yacht Arabesque out of Bowen, doing 10-14-day charters by means of the Whitsunday Islands.
It was solely once we were getting ready to leave Bowen to reside in Mackay (and go stone island giacchetto back to our real jobs again) that we discovered two of Denyse’s Danish ancestors came to Bowen on certainly one of the primary immigrant ships and were married there. So Bowen nonetheless holds a magical charm for us.
Bowen is north Queensland’s oldest city, courting back to 1861. The very broad streets allowed horse-drawn drays to show and they are an appealing aspect of the town. Many authentic buildings nonetheless exist and there is a historic stroll past them that includes 25 large murals painted by a number of artists. The Bowen Historic Museum is probably the greatest small-city museums in Queensland.
Be sure you go to the Summergarden Theatre at Queens Seashore. This historic building still exhibits motion pictures and has a set of artefacts from the filming of the movie Australia, which was partly filmed in Bowen.
There are quite a lot of strolling tracks in Bowen: certainly one of my favourites starts at the Coral Coast Big4 Vacation Park, the place we stayed. This paved observe, which is wheelchair friendly, leads around Queens Bay to Grays Bay and on to Horseshoe Bay.
Muller’s Lagoon has a strolling track around it and is a haven for birds, together with many migrating accessory species. It is a picturesque, quiet place with a playground for youngsters, barbecues and toilets.
Others embrace Queens Beach walk, 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 right here, including tomatoes, capsicums, sweet corn, watermelons and rockmelons, to mention just a few.
There are two supermarkets, Woolworths and IGA, plus Woolworths and Coles gasoline, motor and tyre sellers, a hospital and private doctor’s surgeries and all of the shops you’d count on in a city of around 8000 individuals.
There are several bowling clubs and the very picturesque golf membership runs alongside Queens Beach.
The yacht membership at the end of the marina is an efficient place for a quiet drink, watching fishing trawlers and non-public boats coming and going, or perhaps e-book in there for a meal.
There can be a beneficial fishing trade, particularly prawns, mackerel and reef fish.
Bowen is blessed with eight beaches. Because of the small tides, these are all excellent for swimming, and most have coral viewing across the rocky shores. Horseshoe Bay is particularly good for snorkelling, swimming and fishing, whereas one of the best coral may 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 discover one that’s completely sheltered. Coral Bay is a ‘clothing optional’ beach.
Front Seaside lies at the end of the primary street, and has been transformed right into a delightful picnic area, with barbecues, toilets, a children’s play area, a skate park and different sights.
There is a magnificent view from Flagstaff Hill, which also has a viewing platform and a cafe, open most days.
One other good view of beaches and farms could also be had from Mount Nutt lookout, close to Queens Seaside. Neither of those lookouts is suitable for caravans.
The fishing in Bowen is good 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 net for prawns, or try squidding off the jetty at evening.
In case you have a tinnie, attempt Raywards Reef, just off Queens Seashore, or Inaminka Rocks, off Grays Bay. There are other reefs off Kings Seaside and Poole Island that also harbour crayfish.
But for those who can’t catch your individual fish there are two retail retailers on the harbour where you may buy local fish, prawns, scallops and different seafood.
Bowen has small tides and a sheltered harbour, protected by Gloucester Island, making it a boating mecca. There’s a passage by way of the southern corner of Gloucester, leading by means of stone island giacchetto to Montes Reef Resort, Cape Gloucester Eco Resort and the Whitsunday Islands.
Middle Island is just a few miles off shore and is surrounded by coral reefs with a fairly beach on the northern facet. Stone Island additionally has a great seaside and did have a small resort there some years in the past.
Holbourne Island has nice reef fishing and is an efficient place to spend a day snorkelling or fishing in case you have a larger boat.
You may even fish in entrance of your caravan from the beachfront websites at the Coral Coast Holiday Park.
This 4.5-star vacationer park has lately been purchased by the Woolman family and was beforehand known as the discovery Park and Coral Coast Tourist Park before that.
The Woolmans has a coverage of updating and enhancing any parks they buy, and their plans embrace upgrading and renaming their Bowen park. The brand new name is a mouthful. It would grow to be the Big4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park.
The park options a number of waterfront powered websites, with power, water and sullage near the rear of your van. Most sites within the park are drive by means of. All have concrete awning slabs. Additionally on the waterfront are free barbecues and seats while waterfront cabins are additionally a function.