PAINT THE TOWN

BOWEN IS A PLACE WITH A COLOUR­FUL HIS­TORY... QUITE LIT­ER­ALLY

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

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.

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