Queens Beach Tourist Village
Bowen, The Whitsundays
2021 Best Grey Nomad
Large Caravan Park
Bowen is a seaside town that flanks the Whitsundays from the north and is renowned for spectacular scenery, fresh seafood, Australia - the movie, and Bowen mangoes.
It is a town of 10,000 people who offer a welcoming smile every time they walk down the street. Maybe you'd smile lots too if this paradise was home. After all, there are many things to smile about and many things to see.
Bowen is a string of beaches nestled into and around a large headland and Queens Beach Tourist Village is on the perfectly-positioned northern beach. Its seven acres of garden sites are located just a short level stroll to a beautiful sandy beach, seaside golf course, tennis courts, lawn bowls, medical centre, cinemas, hotel, takeaway and convenience store.
Bowen's early European history was a recipe for success with both mangoes and sugar cane playing an integral part in the sea port's burgeoning wealth. However, the town has seen some hard days.
Between 1863 and 1904, 62,000 South Sea Islanders were forced, coerced, deceived or persuaded to travel by ship to one of nine Queensland sea ports to become indentured labour on sugar cane plantations. Bowen was one of those nine ports and the town's South Sea Islander population remains strong and resilient. Their positive influence is evident, as is the legacy left by the WWII Catalina Flying Boat Base on the Bowen foreshore. During the battle of the Coral Sea, a slipway was constructed to maintain the Catalinas and from 1942 this also became the site of various other RAAF operational and maintenance units. (A striking architectural memorial on the foreshore has been built on the original concrete hardstand base.)
From these tough times Bowen has blossomed into the hidden gem in The Whitsundays' crown. Magnificent fringing reefs, pristine beaches and extensive trails encourage healthy walks, swimming, sailing, fishing, bird watching and gentle sports, such as golf and bowls. Beautiful Bowen made even more beautiful by recent upgrades at the Queens Beach Tourist Village.
Location: 160 Mt Nutt Road, Queens Beach, Bowen
Open: All year round
Facilities: This pet-friendly park boasts 140 sites that are hedged for greater privacy, plus two pools - one of which is a resort style, disability-friendly lap pool where winter aerobics classes are held, three amenities blocks, three dump points, sheltered BBQ areas and three camp kitchens. One of these is used to host card games, board games, arts and craft afternoons plus happy hours and fortnightly raffle and sizzle nights through the peak winter months. A coffee van also makes the rounds a few times weekly in the busy season.
* The historic Summergarden Cinemas are within walking distance and screen the latest movies..
* The Big Mango, which you can't miss if travelling into town from the south as it dominates the space outside the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on the Bruce Highway. There's also The Big Mango's little, but still big, cousin at the other VIC on the foreshore in town.
* The water tank mural. It's big - way bigger than The Big Mango. It sits perched atop the hill that splits the town in two. Half the population look south-east towards the Whitsundays and the other half populate the cluster of idyllic beaches that fringe the destination to the north, which is where the Queens Beach Tourist Village is located.
* Bowen is north Queensland's oldest town and pride in the destination's history translated a few years ago to 19 murals that depict events and life over the past 150 years.
* The magnificent view from atop Flagstaff Hill has to make it one of THE BEST locations anywhere in Australia. 360 degree views!