Bowe, who is set to start against the Super XV franchise having missed the Asian opener after featuring for Ulster in the RaboDirect PRO12 final defeat to Leinster a week-and-a-half ago, was The Lions' first try scorer when they struggled to find form in the early win over a Royal XV in Rustenburg four years ago.
The tourists trailed at half-time in that game before winning 37-25 and Bowe believes the progress and standard being set this time around is already one step ahead.
"We didn't get off to a great start on the last tour and it made the guys go and lift the standard in the second game," said Bowe.
"This time around the standard has been set and it's up to those of us who have just come in to try and take that on and expand on it.
"We're very happy with how we've trained this week. To come into it quite late meant there were a lot of new calls but I think we've looked really sharp in difficult conditions in training in Hong Kong so we're excited about this week."
Even though he went on to start all three Tests in '09, Bowe admits he was just delighted to be part of his maiden Lions adventure during the early stages of the tour. This time around, his mindset is a little different.
Bowe is already targeting a Test spot once more but he's also desperate to head home to Ireland with a series win, something that head coach Warren Gatland is constantly reminding the players is a priority and a real possibility.
"I was thrilled to be picked and to be in the squad in 2009 - this year my main priority is to get picked in the Test squad," added Bowe.
"But I want to win. That's been the message from the outset. Warren's here to do a job - he's here to pick a team that's going to go and win the series and he wants to be 2-0 up.
"That's exciting for us as players that he's breathing that confidence into us. That's really shining down throughout the squad."
Achieving that aim of leaving Australia with the Holy Grail won't come easy, though, and Bowe is under no illusions as to the size of the task that lies ahead.
He's already highlighted the quality of the host nation's backline and admits that, once The Lions have got their own game plan up and running, he and his team-mates will have to take a close look at how best to stop that substantial threat.
"When you watch Australia play you end up picking up moves off them! They're very clever players.
"You watch some of the back play and the intricacies they show around the ruck area and at the back of lineouts is quite forward thinking.
"That's going to be something that we're going to have to look at, but at the minute it's very much about concentrating on ourselves. We've got a lot of a new guys playing together for the first time and that's our main focus at the moment."