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Bowen, Queensland

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Bowen is at the top of the Whitsundays, the heart of secluded beaches, beautiful bays and boasts a perfect tropical climate. Bowen is one of the undiscovered treats of Queensland and an ideal destination for those seeking a laid-back beach holiday. Bowen is situated in the northern region of the Whitsundays on the shores of Edgecumbe Bay, just 40 minutes' drive north from Airlie Beach. It's a picturesque seaside town that offers a beachcomber's paradise with eight award-winning, palm-fringed beaches to explore. Add in fringing coral reef waiting to be explored straight from the mainland shore, calm bays ready for a range of watersport, fishing, bushwalking and jaw-dropping coastal scenery and it's easy to see why Bowen is a natural playground. From award-winning Horseshoe Bay boasting sandy shores and coral reef, to sunset views from Grays Bay, to secluded, palm-fringed Murray Bay and the castaway feel of expansive Kings Beach, with eight beaches within ten minutes drive there really is a beach for everyone in Bowen! Relax on the shore line, jump in for a swim or pop a fresh feed of local seafood on the free beachside bbq's while the kids play in the many parks. With some of the best fringing reefs of the Queensland coast lying just a few metres offshore, the area attracts snorkelers and divers keen to explore the coral gardens. Discover the intertidal sculpture Bwya at Horseshoe Bay, soft and hard coral, giant clams and brightly coloured tropical fish direct from the mainland shore.