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Hydeaway Bay

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets on the mainland in the Whitsunday region is Hydeaway Bay. It's not hard to understand why locals have kept this place to themselves for many years. Even now, Hydeaway Bay is a tiny village situated at the end of Dingo Beach Road, accessible only from Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, which branches off the main thoroughfare Shute Harbour Road. There is no access through to Bowen from Hydeaway Bay.

Although Hydeaway Bay residents have built right up to the beachfront, there are still five public access ways to the beach. Boat access to the bay is very limited, but a public boat ramp at Dingo Beach is available. Nonetheless, locals say that anglers could catch a whole gamut of fish from anywhere along the beach, in a boat on the bay or by the rocks at the ends of the beach. However, wily locals say that the best thing to catch in Hydeaway Bay is peace and quiet or fresh air.

The word is that the only break to peace and quiet is the times dugong, dolphins, whales or turtles break the surface by your boat.

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Hydeaway Bay Beach is on the coast of the Whitsundays, around 45 minutes drive north of the tourist town of Airlie Beach. The beach at Hydeaway Bay is a lovely sandy beach over 1.5 kilometres long. Covering the beachfront area along the main street, Hydeaway Bay Drive, beachfront homes make excellent use of the direct beach access and endless views across the water to Gloucester Island, Saddleback Island and many more. Dotted along between the houses are several beach access ways for the public to gain access to this beautiful stretch of soft, sandy beach. The beach is fringed with shady trees and the rocks at the end make for excellent exploring. The fishing from the beach can be quite successful but there is a boat ramp at Dingo Beach, just around the other side of the headland, if you'd like to try your luck offshore. A little convenience store at the Hydeaway Bay Caravan Park is the only shop in town, but there is a pub at Dingo Beach and two beachside restaurants/ eco resorts at Cape Gloucester, just at the northern end of Hydeaway Bay.
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