Stunday November 1, 2015.
Whitsunday townships are all interesting and all vary in character. Today we decided to drive the 45 minutes from Airlie Beach to visit Bowen to watch a movie called “The Dressmaker” at the Summer gardens Cinema. The cinema is a quaint little building in the centre of town. The owner Ben, has spent many years meeting and greeting the movie goers and always has a lovely smile and kind words for every person who visits. We enjoyed the movie as well. Kate Winslet was brilliant, the Aussie actors who all enjoy long acting careers and the gorgeous costumes were a delight to watch. The story was also interesting.
After the movie we went for a drive around Bowen to take photos to show you the sites.
Bowen was a major Catalina base during the Second World War in the Coral Seas and there is a stunning Memorial along the foreshore commemorating the bravery of all who were involved.
In 2007 Hollywood came to Bowen in the form of Baz Lurman with the Movie “Australia” featuring home grown and much loved talent Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman who won over the locals hearts – even Jocheims Bakery in Bowen named a pie in Hugh’s honour!
The community delighted in watching their township being transformed to replicate Darwin during the Second World War. Additional footage filmed around the township featured historical “Queenslander” houses that are currently inhabited by the locals.
Back in 2007 the township of Bowen had film props as featured below stored ready to create a whole new town. Some existing buildings had false fronts attached and the bitumen road was covered in soil.
Bowen is also famous for its huge and beautiful Murals situated throughout the township and featuring historical scenes from Bowen’s past.
The weather was a glorious 30 degrees and we enjoyed our day in Bowen.