About Bowen Visitor Information Centre
Welcome to Bowen
Situated at the top of the Whitsundays, Bowen offers visitors a veritable paradise with eight beautiful beaches to enjoy and explore, plus a multitude of outdoor sports, including fishing, standup paddle boarding, golf & tennis. Our beautiful walks and trails can lead you to outstanding views of the town and bays.
Bowen has a very rich and interesting history; our town is the oldest town in North Queensland, first established in 1861, several years ahead of Townsville (1866) and Mackay (1869). It is also known as the birthplace of the Kensington Pride mango (fondly referred to as the ‘Bowen Special’).
Bowen is very well known for its diverse industries: including fishing and agriculture. Farmers grow a variety of fruit and vegetables throughout the year- they call Bowen the salad bowl of Australia for a reason, our locally caught fish are exported all over the globe.
Bowen Visitor Information Centre
Bowen Tourism and Business is a not for profit organization whose main role is to promote and showcase our beautiful region and its businesses.
Bowen Tourism and Business operates two information outlets in Bowen and one in Collinsville. The Bowen Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway, south of Bowen, is also our head office. About 40,000 visitors stop at the busy Information Centre, adjacent to the Big Mango, every year.
For all your local & regional information and for bookings come see us at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre at the BIG MANGO on the Bruce Highway or at the Visitor Information Kiosk at the LITTLE MANGO on Santa Barbara Parade!
Join in on any of our discussions, post your favourite photos or videos or ask us a question about our beautiful region!
The centre was established in 2001 by the Bowen Tourism and Regional Development Board and our organisation has seen many changes since then.
In 2007, local businessman Paul McLaughlin took the reins as Chairman of Tourism Bowen and led the organisation through many highs, including winning multiple awards, organising advertising campaigns, local events, doing television and radio interviews promoting Bowen and much more. In 2014 Tourism Bowen underwent a name change to Bowen Tourism and Business to reflect the ever increasing representation of Bowen businesses within the organisation. In 2015 after nine years at the helm, Paul resigned and Jonathan Freeman, a local mango farmer and entrepreneur, took on the role to lead Bowen Tourism and Business onto bigger and better things.
Bowen Tourism and Business is a not for profit organisation that operates the Information Centre at the iconic Big Mango and an Information Booth on the foreshore in town. Both are well worth a visit for some souvenirs, information pamphlets, maps, local knowledge and of course our famous Mango Sorbet made with 100% local Bowen Special mangoes, and only available at the centres.
Bowen Tourism and Business represents various businesses and organisations throughout the region, as well as some tourist businesses along the Queensland coast. Our member database is forever growing and we are continuously welcoming new members.
Being a Bowen Tourism and Business member offers a number of benefits. We can assist with your promotional needs, such as allowing you to freely promote through our monthly newsletters and website updates, you will receive invitations to our networking function and also have the chance to host your own, there are exclusive signage opportunities at our award winning information centre.
Without our members, Bowen Tourism & business would not be sustainable, hence we do everything in our power to promote, recommend and build a strong working partnership with our members.