Rowes Bay, Queensland

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Rowes Bay
Dusk at Rowes Bay, Townsville.jpg
Dusk at Soroptimist Park, Rowes Bay; looking northwards to Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Population 539 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4810
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Townsville
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Suburbs around Rowes Bay:
Town Common Coral Sea Belgian Gardens
Garbutt Rowes Bay Belgian Gardens
Garbutt Garbutt Belgian Gardens

Rowes Bay is a suburb of the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2011 census, Rowes Bay had a population of 539 people.[1]


Its mix of sea and mountainside residential offerings has become the catalyst for accelerating and affluent development in the suburb. Many of the old Queenslander houses have been replaced with apartments. Rowes Bay is also located adjacent to The Strand and Castle Hill. The Townsville Cemetery (also known as Belgian Gardens Cemetery) and part of the main runway for Townsville International Airport are also located in the suburb.


It is dominated by a scenic 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) Cleveland Bay beach, which has sweeping views of Magnetic Island. The beach is punctuated at intervals by tidal creeks. Cycling or jogging alone the sealed foreshore pathway is a popular pastime but swimming is not encouraged due to a risk of crocodile or jellyfish attack.

At the southern end of the beach area is Soroptimist Park, which has lawns, barbecue facilities and an adventure playground designed specifically to be suitable for all children including those with disabilities. The park includes several attractive pieces of public art, contributed in 1988 and 1994. The northern end of the beach, near Pallarenda is a popular site for Kitesurfing.


Rowes Bay was named after Charles Seville Rowe, one of the first settlers at Cleveland Bay. Only after the Second World War did the name Rowes come into general use - prior to this the area was recorded as Rose Bay and Ross Bay.[3]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Rowes Bay". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rowes Bay (entry 46542)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Parks Services - Townsville City Council

Coordinates: 19°15′S 146°47′E / 19.250°S 146.783°E / -19.250; 146.783