We stayed in a ground floor, 2-bedroom apartment, with french windows in each room opening onto a terrace looking straight onto Rose Bay's beautiful beach, which was just a few steps away through the resort's garden. There were stunning views from all the rooms. The apartment was very clean and spacious, and had two bathrooms, one of which had a bathtub as well as a large separate shower. The living/dining area was large and airy and comfortably furnished, with a big TV (TVs in each bedroom as well). The kitchen was well-equipped (needed in Bowen, see later...), with good laundry facilities as well as being good for cooking. The resort manager was very friendly and helpful, with lots of local knowledge. There was a small pool, but with such a lovely bay so close at hand (and our visit being in winter, so outside the stinger season) we didn't see any reason to use it. The location is very quiet, and we were able to leave our windows open at night (but with bug screens in place, as the nights were still quite warm) and listen to the waves lapping on the beach as we went to sleep.
For those who haven't visited, Bowen is a curious place. The beaches, mainly in bays around a beautiful granite headland, are superb, with calm, gin-clear water. Of these, Horseshoe Bay (a 5-minute drive or a superb walk over the headland from Rose Bay - which passes another beautiful beach in Murray's Bay) is probably the best for swimming and beachcombing, and for energetic snorkelers or divers there is apparently a coral reef about 150 metres offshore. Rose Bay itself is very beautiful, but is shallower and has less marine life. A short walk from Rose Bay, or a scramble over rocks, takes you to the very long, sandy King's Beach. Grays Bay and Queens Beach, also very nice, are a short drive away.
Bowen itself, which is just a few minutes' drive from the beaches, seems like a traditional sleepy outback town and is very different from its beach resorts - there is a small shopping centre, a few more shops in the town centre itself, but few places to eat, especially in the evening. There is a great bakery and pie shop, but it closes at 3:30 in the afternoon. There are a couple of very good fish and chip shops, though. Having well-equipped self-catering accommodation is a good idea if you're staying in the area - which is well worth a visit - and the Rose Bay Resort certainly fits the bill.
All the apartments seem to have superb views, but the ground floor ones allow you to walk straight o...
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