Park History

The Park and surrounding areas were planted in the 1840’s and 50’s as entrance avenues and gardens about the substantial timber house of Lieutenant George Meers Countess Bowen (1803-89) retired.

Although he amassed substantial land holdings at Mt Tomah and the Berambing he made “Bowen Mount” his home and family seat until he retired to Kirribilli in the late 1870’s.

The house burned down on 10th January 1914. Bowen Mountain remained in the possession of the Bowen family until sold in the early 1930’s to a McKellar family (an uncle of Dorothea McKellar).

Bowen Mountain Community

Bowen Mountain Park is the focus of community and social activities. It is used weekly by the Bowen Mountain playgroup and the Hawkesbury Community Outreach Service (HCOS) and is also used for the monthly meetings of the Bowen Mountain Association and the Park Committee. Other major activities include Campfire Night, Christmas in the park, the Arts Festival, Community Morning Teas and of course family weddings, birthdays, picnics and for general family relaxation.

Other community functions have included the Scouts Radio Day, craft days, car boot sales and the occasional Teddy Bears picnic.