Camping near Bowen

Choose between eight beaches and dozens of island getaways at this coastal paradise.

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Ben Lomond Station

6 sites · RVs, Tents1800 acres · Hideaway Bay, QLD
Ben Lomond Station is an 1800 acre working cattle station 25 minutes south of Bowen and 35 minutes north of Airlie Beach on the Whitsundays. We border onto Eden Lassie Creek which has tidal ocean access for saltwater fishing and there is an abundance of estuary fishing and crab spots available. We are a nature based camping area. Cleared shady camping spots are available for fully self contained campers as there are currently no facilities available so you must have own camping toilet and leave no trace. Access to the camping area is for 4WD only with caravans off road and high clearance. Firewood is available for a small fee or you can collect any fallen timber yourself. There is a ban on cutting down any standing timber even it is dead. There is plenty of room to run for the kids and dogs though we do ask that your pet not annoy our cattle or other campers. Ben Lomond station has an abundance of flora and fauna such as burdekin plum trees, mango trees, wallabies, kangaroos and bird and fish species.
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AU$18
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Harrison Court Farmstay

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Bowen, QLD
Harrison Court Farmstay is a lovely slice of Bowen in the heart of town. It's a private space only open to very limited numbers at a time to ensure happiness of all guests. There are no ameneities here, campers must be self-contained and leave no trace. The property is located 5 minutes drive to beaches, close to le sorrole coffee house, service station (24hrs) and shopping centre. Enjoy the lovely sunsets and away from the hustle and bustle Harrison Court Farmstay has to offer. No pets please. Communal fire pit for winter. Contained fire pits allowed. No water or toilet available. Dump point Hay Street across from caravan park. Please take all rubbish with you so we can keep our costs minimal.
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AU$16
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The Old Brew Inn

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Bowen, QLD
Nestled in the quiet heart of Bowen CBD district, top of the Whitsundays. Enjoy all that Bowen and the Whitsundays has to offer with a CBD location, powered with ensuite and in walking distance to pubs, restaurants, fishing, IGA and foreshore beaches. Located next to Bait and Tackle Bowen, you’ll have bait, ice and gear at your finger tips. Fish cutting stations for use, as well as fishing rods for use during your stay. The site is located at the front of the property, and our family lives at the back of the property.
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AU$69
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Menilden Farm

10 sites · RVs, Tents38 acres · Bowen, QLD
Our property is 38 acres in size and is primarily used as an equestrian facility where coaching, clinics and training in dressage are conducted as well as providing agistment. The camping area is 100 metres or so from the nearest road and next to a dam and provides some of the most gorgeous sunsets around. Currently you will need to be self sufficient as we don’t have any toilet or shower facilities and we are still working on our shade with the trees having only just been planted. We are are only 2km from the Bruce hi-way and a comfortable 10 minute drive to the beautiful Bowen beaches, shops, pubs, restaurants making this a great spot to base yourself for your next Bowen getaway or if you are just passing through.
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AU$15
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Green Meadows Retreat

4 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Bowen, QLD
Our property, aptly named "Green Meadows Retreat," is a serene and picturesque retreat nestled adjacent to the banks of the tranquil Don River. Spanning 20 acres of lush greenery, our land offers a unique blend of natural beauty and peaceful seclusion. The property is adjacent to a winding river that provides a calming backdrop for a variety of activities, including trail biking, buggying and peaceful nature walks. Sprawling farmland is also part of the landscape, offering a delightful opportunity for guests to purchase fresh, seasonal produce. On-site, guests can enjoy hiking through grassy trails, birdwatching, and stargazing. Nearby, the area offers opportunities for horseback riding, four wheel driving, and exploring local bush trails and farms. Whether seeking relaxation or outdoor adventure, Green Meadows Retreat offers something for every nature enthusiast.
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AU$30
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Blackiron

9 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Andromache, QLD
Situated on the bank of the Andromache River, setup camp at one of our cozy camp spots and enjoy the quiet of the bush. We have sites available in our grassy paddock which are accessible by all vehicles. Sand camping is available for 4x4's with tent/swag set ups during the dry seasons. No trailers or vans are permitted on the sand due to bogging. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a campfire and visual displays of local wildlife, try your hand at fishing in the river or just enjoy a cool swim just a few meters from our grassy sites. Guests are required to be fully self-sufficient with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste and rubbish with them on departure. Only a short distance from Airlie Beach and the islands for those interested in the local tourist attractions. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after.
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AU$20
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Bowen Base Camp

8 sites · RVs10 acres · Bowen, QLD
Welcome to the Whitsundays. Relax in country surroundings. We are located 10 minutes from the Don River where you can go 4WD driving and find some top swimming holes. Conveniently we are also 10 minutes into Bowen business centre for all your supply needs. Bowen is a relaxed town with old architecture and wide streets. The coastline is postcard perfect with turquoise water and white sandy  beaches. There are beautiful beaches all around Bowen for swimming and snorkelling - checking out the small reefs close to shore is a must. Or just relax in front of the campfire with your dog.Explore Horseshoe Bay, Murrays Bay, Rose Bay, Grays, Kings and Queens Beaches, the Town Beach and Dalrymple Point. The local pubs offer great meals in beer gardens.You will need to be self-contained with own camping toilet/shower, water and supplies. 
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AU$25
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Hydeaway Stay - Powered

1 site · RV1 acre · Hideaway Bay Dingo Beach, QLD
Situated in beautiful Hydeaway Bay in the heart of the Whitsunday's, this quiet little block is a perfect spot to stay and unwind with only a short stroll to the white sandy beach where you can go fishing, kayaking, explore the rock pools at low tide or simply relax and enjoy breath taking views of the Whitsunday Islands. The property features a large flat grassy area suitable for an RV, Caravan or Campervan. If you are looking for hidden gems then Hydeaway Bay should be on your list when visiting the Whitsunday's.
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AU$30
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Natures Nook

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Woodwark, QLD
A private oasis nestled among the lush tropical bushland, where you can relax and unwind in tranquillity. This secluded camp site is the perfect retreat for couples seeking a getaway, or those who simply wish to immerse themselves in nature. The serene atmosphere provides an ideal setting for stargazing and wildlife spotting around the conjunction of a seasonal freshwater creek. Natures Nook camp site offers the ultimate privacy and seclusion, yet the friendly owners of whom are a young family are readily available should you need assistance. Conveniently located just 5 minutes away from the Whitsunday Plaza Shopping Centre and three minutes from the famous Northerlies Beach Bar with courtesy buses available. For those seeking a bit more excitement, a 10-minute drive will take you to the Coral Sea Marina, where you can embark on a variety of water activities. And when the sun sets, immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife, dining, and shopping in the strip of Airlie Beach, including the famous lagoon only 12 minutes’ drive. Book your stay at this private camp site now and experience the best of both worlds - a secluded haven surrounded by nature and easy access to all the amenities of Airlie Beach Please Note: * Pets are allowed, but dogs must be kept on a lead. * A wheely bin is available, but for large rubbish removals, please take your waste to the tip located 5 minutes down the road across from Plaza. * Fires are permitted in the fire pit away from the edge of the camp area. * Please bring repellent as midges will be present during dusk and dawn in the marshlands. * Drinking water is only available from the water tank at the main house. * The camp site is located at the back of a 2-acre property so please show respect to our neighbours by not walking on their properties across the creek. * This is a quiet neighbourhood so no loud music or parties. * Minimal reception so best to download a movie before arrival. * Can fit a 4x4 and small camper trailer however you must have experience in navigating in small space as it can be a task to turn around. * The track and site is muddy when the rain is heavy due to the terrain.
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Billabong Farm Stay

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Proserpine, QLD
Billabong Farm Stay is set on a 5 acre block just off the Bruce Highway. Enjoy the comfort of our self contained cabin overlooking the dam and wetlands. There are 2 kayaks for you to use to kayak around the dam or just sit and relax on the jetty. Around the dam is an abundance of wildlife. There are tame resident sheep, cows, goats and chooks you can hand feed while staying here. The cabin also has a small dog yard attached to it to leave your furry friend in while you go and explore the beautiful Whitsundays. The heart of Airlie beach and all of your island, reef and fishing day trips start from is only a 20 minute drive. Hydeaway bay and its beautiful beaches are only 25 minutes and Bowen is 45 minutes north up the highway.
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AU$100
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Normanby Nature Bush Camp

8 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Bogie, QLD
Normanby Nature Bush Camp is a 22 acre property on the Bogie River, located 1km off the Bowen Collinsville Road between Bowen and Collinsville in North Queensland. - Tents and RV’s welcome - Campfires allowed - Portable water available - Pet Friendly - dogs to be on a leash at all times Camp in nature while enjoying the local wildlife. - $25.00 per site for 2 x guests - Children under 13 free - PM your host Paul for more information
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Land for Wildlife

4 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · QLD
With panoramic escarpment views, peace, privacy and quiet, this mountain top property has easy access from the road. The property is serviced by free courtesy buses, tour adventures, taxi service, and takeaway food services. Please understand seasons of the dry tropics changes the look of the property photos. We have breathtaking distant Eco views of mountains, escarpments and nature that will leave you awe struck. It makes for a great stay over. Located between Northerlies Bar Bistro, Cannonvale Shopping Centre, Airlie Beach and the Great Barrier Reef islands corals, parks. We have a limited number of campsites so your quiet, privacy, independence and convenience are important to us. We see high tide and have cooling sea breezes. Very, very important the drive has entry and exit. 1. To enter: Unhook the gate let yourself in; then close it please to maintain our privacy and stop transport services driving through. 2. Leave exit gate open. 3. Park so reversing beepers are not activated when leaving early morning to avoid waking up other guests. You can leave your camp and get courtesy buses to explore Great Barrier Reef tour options, refresh in Airlie Central, stock shop or just go out on the town for fun. So, relax here with us and revitalize from all the driving. Prepare yourselves now for your Great barrier Reef adventures before your next long distant OZ trip. Stay for a holiday or a night as you travel Queensland/Australia. Maybe you can refer a fellow traveler of how central this Hipcamp is to the Great Barrier Reef and township of Airlie Beach. We look forward to welcoming you!
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Camping near Bowen guide

Overview

Palm-fringed beaches, tropical islands, and coral reefs line the shores of Bowen, a beach town all about getting on the water. Swim and snorkel Horseshoe Bay, zip around Gray’s Bay on a jet ski, or enjoy a seaside barbecue at Queen’s Beach. Tear yourself away from the beach long enough to snap a selfie by Bowen’s giant mango and grab a mango sorbet (Bowen is famous for the fruit), then take in the views from Flagstaff Hill. Camping options include beachside holiday parks and tranquil farmstays, and there are often fewer crowds here than in neighboring Airlie Beach. 

Where to go

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays

Just south of Bowen, Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays islands. Catch the ferry to Hamilton Island or take an island-hopping cruise, jumping off to stroll along Whitehaven Beach, snorkel at the Heart Reef lagoon, or swim at Cedar Creek Falls. Whitsunday Islands National Park has 10 campsites to choose from, either by the beach or in the heart of the bush. 

Mackay Region 

Further south, the Mackay region has both white-sand beaches and rainforest-blanketed hinterlands. Hike, camp, and spot platypus in Eungella National Park, swim beneath natural waterfalls in Finch Hatton Gorge, or enjoy beachside camping far from the crowds in the Cape Hillsborough National Park.

Townsville Coast

North of Bowen, coves and sleepy beach towns dot one of the less-visited stretches of Queensland coast. Townsville is the region’s primary hub, where you’ll find beaches, palm-lined promenades, and a selection of seaside camping. Take a road trip to Wallaman Falls, cruise out to enjoy wildlife walks on Magnetic Island, or set sail for the Great Barrier Reef islands to snorkel or scuba dive. 

When to go

Bowen’s tropical climate means it’s warm enough to swim and enjoy water sports year-round, but each season has its pros and cons. Summers (December through February) can be hot, humid, and wet, with temperatures climbing upwards of 30°C, while the dryer, cooler months of autumn and winter are ideal for outdoor activities. May through November is whale-watching season along the coast, while October through May is “stinger season,” when protective clothing is recommended when swimming.

Know before you go

  • Public transport, ferries, and boat cruises run from Bowen and nearby Airlie beach, but having your own transport is useful for exploring the coast. 
  • Bowen has a selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies.
  • Fire bans are common in Queensland during summer and dry periods, so check local recommendations.

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