PAINT THE TOWN
BOWEN IS A PLACE WITH A COLOURFUL HISTORY... QUITE LITERALLY
One of Bowen’s historical attractions is the large number of murals painted on walls in public spaces throughout the township.
The 27 murals depict the region’s past, including the coalfield industry, revolutionary women and the age of the newspaper.
A brochure available at the visitor information centre contains a map pinpointing all the murals.
The Catalina Interpretative Centre offers an insight into Bowen’s role in World War II.
The centre is located near the site where Catalina flying boats were repaired for pilots before soaring into the Battle of the Coral Sea.
The area became a base for future Royal Air Force use and today is home to a modern WWII memorial.
From there, visitors can check out the Coral Sea Museum at the Bowen Aerodrome and peruse the model display of Bowen during the war.
There’s also the Bowen Historical Museum on Gordon St, presenting a collection of memorabilia of Bowen’s ecological, industrial and indigenous history. Here you can see relics of a shipwreck, check out a restored 1873 cottage with period furniture, and examine images and maps of the town in its infancy.