We found this to be the best of the commercial campsites in Bowen. Due to Bowen being so close to The Whitsundays, there are no National Park campsites and the campsites are PRICEY. This is an area to swing by if you’re cashed up or looking for a quick stopover, not somewhere to relax for weeks on end if you’re on a budget. However, Boewn is beautiful and this park came with all the mod-cons that you would expect from a commercial park. We planned to stay one night, but ended up booking in another. We were living it up, enjoying the luxury of hot showers and an electric kettle!

Big Mango BowenAddress: 160 Mt Nutt Road, Bowen

Location: about a 200m walk to Queens Beach and the adjacent skate-park, playground and walking/running path.

Cost for an unpowered campsite: $35 for an unpowered site (max 2 people)

How to book: Over the phone by calling (07) 4785 1313, or online at qbtvbowen.com.au. You cold probably just turn up. We rocked up at about 4pm on a Tuesday and managed there was a couple of vacancies.

Nights we stayed for: 2, Tuesday and Wednesday in August 2015.

About Bowen

Bowen is the more elderly and relaxed neighbour to Airlie Beach. It has more beautiful beaches, better landscapes and less backpackers. Not sold yet, read our list of reasons why you should skip Airlie Beach and head to Bowen instead.

There are seven beaches in Bowen, all have their own charms and some are simply breathtaking. The town itself is very Country Queensland, and the locals are lovely. If you want a real Quensland experience, not the tourism postcard, head to Bowen. It is a fruit-picking mecca and has a colourful past, which I think helps to keep the locals humble.

General comments about the campsite

Sunset over nearby Queens Beach

The caravan park is huge. Like HUGE. There are over 100 sites and most are taken by what seem to be regulars. Everyone knows each other and you get the feeling that they all meet here annually for their getaways. The rigs here are equally as huge. Each campsite easily holding about $100,000 worth of equipment, plus the 4WD, boat and bikes. Hello money bags!

This camping grounds is really for the grey nomads and we did feel out of place. However the campsite is well kept, nice grassy sites with dividing vegetation and walls.

Site specific comments

The powered sites are much larger than the unpowered sites, which is annoying seeing as the unpowered sites are only $3 cheaper. You may as well get a powered site just for the extra room. The site was however big enough for us for the 2 days, if we were staying longer it would have been a bit squishy. We spent the full 2 days out and about we we were only at the site for eating dinner and sleeping.

Our site was located right behind the walkway and across from the bathrooms. Try to not be next to the walkway. It is a gravel walkway and the amount of elderly residents means that there is a lot of trekking to and from the bathroom in the middle of the night. The walkway was about 2m, if that, from our heads, so we heard everything. However we were also very close to the camp kitchen, so that was convenient.

All the sites are grassed and most of the powered sites have concrete slabs also.

Amenities and facilities

The cap kitchen in Queens Beach Tourist Village looks to be fairly new and it very large. The advantage of being surrounded by so many big caravans and RVs is that they all cook in their own vans, so you get full run of the camp kitchen. There was two sets of cooktops (4 burners each), kettles, toasters, 2 BBQs (you had to pay for) and drawers full of kitchen utensils. There was also 2 large ridges for campers use.

The camping grounds has 3 toilets and shower blocks, all are smallish which is nice, and very clean.

There is one pool onsite and space where they are set to build a second.

Location Comments

Queens Beach Tourist Villageis in a good spot. It is about a 5minute drive from ‘town’ however there is a bottle shop and pub within walking distance, as well as a service station for the morning paper and of course,

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