Bowen, population 10,000, has a lot going for it. It’s an attractive town with a harbour, a number of heritage listed buildings and wide streets. But it is Bowen’s stunning beaches that get the accolades. The feature photo of Horseshoe Bay often makes an appearance on the list of Australia’s Best Beaches.
The council has wisely invested in building some good walking paths along the beaches. The Circuit is an easy walk, begins and ends at Horseshoe Bay, is 4.5kms and winds its way to the beaches in the photos below.
The extremely pleasant waterfront.
Heritage buildings are many.
To reach Bowen, we drove from the Atherton Tablelands heading south east.
First stop was Lucinda, just east of Ingham. This town is tiny, real tiny. There’s a vibey hotel, a caravan park with fabulous rain showers, a smattering of houses, a sugar loading jetty which is a whopping 6kms long and a zillion boats. Lucinda is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Channel which teems with rich schools of barramundi, coral trout and blue fin tuna. We had a relaxing couple of days here before driving to Bowen.