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Bowen is situated in the northern section of the Whitsunday Region and is a comfortable 40-minute drive from Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Resort Islands.
Flight access is via the major airports of Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and Hamilton Island, or Mackay and Townsville Airports, which are a 2-hour drive from Bowen in either direction.  Queensland Rail’s “Spirit of Queensland” provides regular connections in and out of Bowen.  Coach services connect daily, and provide north and southbound services.

Bowen is one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets… but the word is getting out!


Fly with Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Qantas to Hamilton Island, Proserpine, Mackay, and Townsville. Connecting transfers to Bowen.
Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) airport is approximately 80 kilometres from Bowen.
Proserpine Airport Transfers:
Bowen Travel: (07) 4786 1611
Jim Cummins Bus Charters: 0423 877 992


Greyhound Coaches and Premier Coach Service have up to five services daily into Bowen, connecting with services throughout Australia.


Queensland Rail’s “Spirit of Queensland” service departs Brisbane and Cairns for Bowen several times weekly.
Courtesy pickup via taxi is provided to meet each train. This service provides transport to the taxi office in Williams Street only.

Backpacker Information

Growers look for workers during the growing season from April to the end of November each year.
The simplest way to find work is to stay at a hostel / backpackers / farmstay where they will help you to find work and may even provide transportation to and from the farm each day.
It is important to check before you arrive in town that there is work available because it is possible for the growing and picking season to be delayed due to weather. For more information and for contact details of some places that will help you find work, please read our FARMING INFORMATION SHEET. The other way to find work is to print off our FARMING MAP and use it to locate local farms. You can then go to the farms directly to see if they are looking for workers (The farms are the GREEN dots on the map).