Close to Queensland's Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday resort islands, the seaside town of Bowen is a place for lazy beach holidays with a spot of snorkeling and scuba diving and barbecues in the park.
The better-known Airlie Beach acquires its reputation from being a jump-off point to the Whitsundays, such as Daydream Island, Long Island and the Molle island group.
Bowen is no more than 40 minutes north of Airlie Beach.
In the film, Bowen stands in for 1940s Darwin in the period surrounding the time of the Japanese air attacks early in the Pacific War. Filming was also done in Darwin itself, and the Western Australia town of Kununurra was another Australia filming location.
Among Bowen's popular beaches are Horseshoe Bay and Queens Beach. Most of the beaches in the Bowen area feature facilities such as barbecues, picnic tables, children's playgrounds, and parklands.
Fringing reefs lie just metres offshore, attracting snorkelers and divers. Various tropical fish inhabit this section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Access to Bowen by air is through the major airports on the Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and Hamilton Island. Alternatively you can fly to either Townsville or Mackay and drive to Bowen. The trip by road should take about two hours from either Townsville or Bowen.
Access by road from points north and south of Bowen is through the Bruce Highway.