Bowen

About Bowen

Location

Bowen is a large town located on the north coast of Queensland in the Whitsunday region, about halfway between Townsville and Mackay. 

Languages

English is the main language spoken in Bowen. Aboriginal English may also be spoken. Assistance maybe required for complainants, witnesses, victims and defendants who come before the courts.

History of Bowen

Bowen facts and figures

Key social indicators from the 2016 Census for the Bowen community include:

  • 30.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had completed year 12 or equivalent
  • 8.6% of households with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were overcrowded.

The following figures are from the 2011 Census and will be updated later in 2017:

  • 30.2% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were from jobless families
  • 10.9% unemployment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years
  • 11.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years worked in the Health care and social assistance industry.

For more 2011 and 2016 census information on education, employment, income, housing figures and more for Bowen, build a statistical profile on Know Your Community.

Native title information

Search for native title information on the National Native Title Tribunal website.

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Visiting Bowen

Getting to Bowen

Bowen is located approximately 1,160km north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, or 200km south of Townsville. It is easily accessible by road, with regular bus and train services The trip by road from Brisbane is about 13 hours, and about 2 hours from Townsville.

It's also possible to fly directly to the Whitsunday region from most major airports. Local airports are located in Mackay, Proserpine and Townsville. Car hire is available in the area.

Seasonal considerations

Bowen may be subject to cyclones and flooding in the wet season, from October until April.

Alcohol restrictions

There are no alcohol restrictions in Bowen. 

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Whitsunday Regional Council. 

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Manager, Mackay Office (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)

Phone: 07 4862 7005
Mobile: 0438 768 269

Sorry business

‘Sorry Business’ is a term used during the time of mourning following the death of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Torres Strait Islanders may use the terminology ‘Bad or Sad News’. The term can also refer to the past practice of forcibly removing children from their families. The intensity of mourning is reflective of the importance of the family or person who has died. The mourning process enables healing for the family and community involved.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services may remain closed on the day of the funeral, however, essential services such as policing, education, health and justice services will continue. 

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Community justice group

There is no community justice group for Bowen.

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Community services

Use the Queensland Government's one place service directory to find up-to-date contact information for local support services including:

  • legal advice and support services
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • mens' and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services

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More information

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Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.