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Dusk at Soroptimist Park, Rowes Bay; looking northwards to Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Rowes Bay is located in Queensland
Rowes Bay
Rowes Bay
Location in Queensland
Population 573 (2016 census)
 • Density 205/km2 (530/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4810
Area 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Townsville
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Suburbs around Rowes Bay:
Town Common Coral Sea Coral Sea
Garbutt Rowes Bay Coral Sea
Garbutt Garbutt Belgian Gardens

Rowes Bay is a suburb of Townsville in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Rowes Bay had a population of 573 people.


Rowes Bay is located in a low-lying area adjacent to the Cleveland Bay beach. Its borders are determined by the coast, Townsville Airport and Mundy Creek, and only a small portion of the suburb's area is taken up by housing. Neighbouring suburbs include Garbutt, West End and Belgian Gardens; however, Rowes Bay is relatively isolated from other suburbs due to its location surrounded by the Town Common. The Townsville Cemetery (also known as Belgian Gardens Cemetery) and a retirement village are also located within the suburb.


Rowes Bay 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. A short drive up Cape Pallarenda Rd. is located the suburb of Pallarenda which is equipped with a beachfront park and boat ramp. 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 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.



Cleveland Education and Training Centre is a primary and secondary (5-12) special-purpose school for boys and girls in the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre on Old Common Road (19°14′59″S 146°47′03″E / 19.2496°S 146.7843°E / -19.2496; 146.7843 (Cleveland Education and Training Centre)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 66 students with 24 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

There are no mainstream schools in Rowes Bay. The nearest government primary school is Belgian Gardens State School in neighbouring Belgian Gardens to the south-east. The nearest government secondary school is Townsville State High School in Railway Estate to the south-east.

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