Bowen Research Facility

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisherie

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Row of a vegetable crop

The Bowen Research Facility is 16 ha site located in the Dry Tropics of north Queensland in the centre of the largest winter vegetable growing area in the country. It provides opportunities for research, development and extension of tropical horticultural crops across a broad range of species and commodities.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Located in Australia's Dry Tropic zone
  • Located in the largest winter vegetable growing area in Qld
  • Climate allows winter trials of temperate summer crops
  • Security of tenure for long term activities
  • Located in a major horticultural area
  • Predictable climate enhances the reliability of results
  • Ample supply of good quality water
  • Close access to road, rail, air and sea transport systems
  • Significant involvment in dev. of trickle irrigation

Facilities and major equipment

  • 16ha of alluvial sandy loam
  • Site accurately divided into 76 small 0.1ha plots
  • Research laboratories and screenhouses
  • Facilities for pot to plot to paddock research
  • Chemical store with modern spraying equipment
  • Sheds including mechanical workshop and machinery shed
  • Specialist planting equipment for small plots to large areas
  • Onsite administration buiding with 50 seat conference room
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Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


45 Warwick Road, Bowen QLD 4805

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Partner

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