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Local Attractions

Absolute Beachfront . . . . Absolutely Stunning

Bowen and the Whitsunday Islands are amongst the best-known holiday and wedding destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. This really is a tropical paradise.

There’s something for everyone, from the most amazing scenic drives and tours to fine dining on exotic local produce. You’ll also discover some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world.

The award-winning Rose Bay Resort in Bowen is nestled on its own secluded beach away from the hustle and bustle; there’s nothing better when you’re seeking absolute peace and privacy.

We’ve got everything you need to get away, relax and take it easy. Whether you wish to do absolutely nothing, or you’re keen to get out and about and see the sights of Bowen and the Whitsundays, the choice is entirely yours.

You’ll find plenty of information in our Bowen and Collinsville Tourist and Holiday planner or have a chat with our friendly and helpful staff.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:


One of the things Bowen is famous for is its many fabulous beaches. These palm-fringed stretches of pristine sand are amongst the best in Australia.

Rose Bay – where the award-winning Rose Bay Resort is located – is one of the prettiest, offering fabulous views and plenty of space. Exploring the rock pools at low tide is a favourite with younger visitors.

Other beautiful bays and beaches include the Foreshore, Horseshoe Bay, Murrays Bay, Kings Beach and Queens Beach, and Grays Bay.


Bowen isn’t just about the beaches and islands, although they are magnificent! There are ample walking and cycling spots for those wishing to keep fit while on holidays.

For a good scenic walk with panoramic views, visit Mother Beddock Rock. It’s close to the Rose Bay Resort so just ask for directions at reception.

There are plenty of nature-based activities and attractions in the area, including bush tours and bird-watching and Cape Upstart National Park.

For a walk of a different kind, ask at reception about our fabulous local golf course!


Bowen Water Park is a must for families, especially on a hot day. Packed with aquatic fun, it will keep the kids occupied for hours.

Bowen offers many great family-friendly activities, from the Summergarden Theatre at Queens Beach to local markets, the Big Mango, local arts and crafts, the Collinsville Coalface Experience, Bowen Museum, the Saltworks and the famous Murals.

There are 27 murals to discover throughout Bowen, all depicting the area’s diverse history, from early settlement to present day.


As you can imagine with so many stunning beaches and bays, the Whitsunday Islands and the reef, there’s no shortage of amazing water-based activities. These include boating, sailing and fishing trips, scuba diving and snorkelling through the onshore coral gardens.

One of the best places to go snorkelling is Rose Bay. Sheltered by two granite outcrops, you’ll discover coral gardens just a short swim from the beach – it’s a real haven for marine life! While you’re there, be sure to visit the Mother Beddock Lookout – the views are amazing!

The Rose Bay Resort is just 45 minutes from Airlie Beach, where you can jump onboard one of the many big charter boats that sail around the islands. There are also Jet ski tours, fishing charters and peaceful sunset cruises.


From your comfortable absolute beachfront accommodation at the Rose Bay Resort, it’s just a 45-minute drive to the magic of the Whitsunday Islands. Here you can explore uninhabited islands, take a scenic flight, sail the blue waters, snorkel and dive on coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.


  • Beachside markets every Sunday from March until December
  • Race meetings at Bowen Turf Club
  • Lighthouse walk
  • Offshore Superboats
  • Bottoms on the Grass Music Festival
  • Family Fishing Classic
More event information can be found in our Bowen and Collinsville Tourist and Holiday planner or have a chat with our friendly and helpful staff.