Located 1165 kilometres from Brisbane, and approximately halfway between Mackay and Townsville on the Bruce Highway, Bowen is the gateway to the Whitsundays. Often overlooked as a tourist destination for the more popular north Queensland beaches, there's something to be said for this charming, art deco, coastal town. It even served as the backdrop for Baz Luhrmann's award-winning movie Australia. Whether you're passing through or want to unwind away from the multitudes of tourists, you can't beat Bowen. There's plenty to see and do.