Bowen River Hotel Campground

Private Campground - Queensland


The Historic Bowen River Hotel is situated on Strathmore Station, 32 kms from the mining town of Collinsville. It is owned and run by Clare and Ringo Ringland who have been there for the past 13 years. It is open 7 days a week call us for bookings.

Bar, Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Available for Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas Parties, Corporate functions & Occasional Live Entertainment. 

Bush camping facilities available.  Fishing facility available in the river.  We accept MasterCard, Visa and American Express. 

The Bowen River Hotel is representative of a transitional type of timber construction which led to the development of a distinctive style of architecture in Queensland.

The building is one of very few surviving country hotels constructed using bust carpentry techniques.  Its significance is enhanced because of its connection with the pastoral development of the Kennedy Region and Central Western Queensland.

The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s from timber and originally roofed with bark. It comprises two buildings connected by a covered walkway, and is an example of careful bush carpentry and skilled jointing fixed with wooden pegs. The complex comprises two buildings connected by a covered walkway. A verandah extends round three sides of the main building, while a small verandah opens off the main room on the northern corner of the second and smaller structure. 

Both building are raised on low stumps, some of which have ant caps, and flooring laid on a rough timber frame, rather than an earthen floor. It would appear to be an early example of this technique. Horizontal slabs of split timber have been used to construct the walls and the hipped roof and skillions over the verandahs are of corrugated iron. A post and rail fence encloses what was once the front yard of the hotel. The building sits in rural landscape with White Cedar and Burdekin Plum trees near the house and Oleanders along the front fence.

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