LOOKING FOR THE BEST HIDEAWAY BAY BEACHES?!
Without a doubt, you’ve all heard about the crown jewel of the Australian beaches, Whitehaven Beach, located in the famous Whitsunday Islands. But what if I told you that there’s another shiny hidden gem in the Whitsunday area that’s definitely worth a visit?
Well, just a 45 minutes’ drive north up the coast from Airlie Beach you’ll find Hideaway Bay (also spelt Hydeaway Bay) which absolutely lives up to its name. It’s the perfect hideaway if you’re looking to escape the crowds and need to recharge your batteries. Hideaway Bay features 4 famous Australian beaches, and although still relatively unknown, these isolated stretches of paradise are easily accessible on foot or by car.
I recommend spending at least two days to explore Hideaway Bay and perhaps even book a night or two at Montes Reef Resort if you can’t tear yourself away from this peaceful piece of paradise.
In this guide, I have put together a list of the 4 Best Hideaway Bay Beaches including where to find them and what to expect.
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Where Is Hideaway Bay & How To Get There
Hydeaway Bay is approximately a 45 minutes’ drive north from Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland.
If you decide to head over to Hideaway Bay, take the Gregory-Cannon Valley Road to Dingo Beach Hydeaway Bay Road, and then don’t miss the turn to Hydeaway Bay Drive.
It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit all of the Hideaway Bay Beaches as public transportation options are far and few between.
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Overview – Hideaway Bay Beaches
As I mentioned before, Hydeaway Bay is easily reached by heading north from Airlie Beach along the coastline.
Upon arriving at Hideaway Bay, it’s best to visit the beaches in the following order;
- Nelly Bay Beach
- Dingo Beach
- Hideaway Bay Beach
- Montes Reef Resort & Beach
Nelly Bay Beach
Nelly Bay Beach is the first stop on this Hideaway Bay Beaches itinerary, located right below Dingo Beach. This beach features a fascinating coral reef and for those who want to take their chances, a snorkeling encounter with some parrotfishes and turtles is definitely on the cards.
If you explore the area, you’ll soon discover the Nelly Bay settlement. In the 1980’s the government decided to start a major marina project here, which up until this day, is still ongoing.
Nelly Bay Beach is without a doubt the perfect place to unwind in Hideaway Bay. The aqua blue waters will blow you out of your socks. You can go for a snorkel around the magnificent reef or just drop your towel in the sand and enjoy the view in front of you, with the magnificent Whitsundays in the background.
Dingo Beach is located just north of Nelly Bay Beach and the second stop on your Hideaway Bay beach-hopping journey.
Dingo Beach features a 2km long stretch of sand and there is easy 4WD access if you wish to take a drive along the shoreline. This particular location feels like a world away with its peaceful, quiet ambiance.
Dingo Beach also features a boat ramp, where you can jump on a boat if you want to discover the Whitsunday area. What more do you need as Dingo Beach pretty much sums up the definition of paradise!
Hideaway Bay Beach
Hideaway Bay Beach boasts 1.5 kilometers of long white sands and it’s the main attraction for the majority of visitors to the area.
Hideaway Bay Beach offers a great view of Gloucester Island, which is located only a couple of kilometers offshore. If you’re curious to discover Gloucester Island, no problem! You can easily reach the island by boat from the nearby Dingo Beach.
Without a doubt, Hideaway Bay Beach gives you a permanent holiday feel. The beach itself is quiet, calm and scenic and the colors of the water are really off the chart. Take your picnic basket by hand, go for a walk on the beach, dip your feet in the cold water and have a lovely picnic under one of the many shady trees.
After lunch, you can work on your tan or go for a swim in the crystal waters. Just be wary of stingrays and marine stingers during the summer months – apparently, these are a thing!
Montes Reef Resort & Beach
Last but not least on this guide of best Hideaway Bay Beaches is Montes Reef Resort & Beach which is located just 10 minutes drive from Hideaway Bay Beach.
If you can’t tear yourself away from this quiet place, why not consider booking a stay at Montes Reef Resort where you can enjoy one or two nights in one of their many beautiful suites. In the morning, you’ll be able to soak in a stunning Whitsunday sunrise from your balcony.
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Nearby is the Montes Reef Resort that houses two great restaurants, Montes Beach Front Restaurant and the Oar Restaurant where you can grab something to eat and drink, each offering a wide range of mouthwatering meals and cold beverages.
If you’re eager to go exploring, you’ll soon discover that there’s a little cute coconut tree located on the beach, with some big mountains in the background. Climb the coconut tree and shoot some Instagram-worthy pictures, which will leave all your followers speechless!
Best Time To Visit Hideaway Bay
The best time to visit Hideaway Bay is from July to September. This is the favorite season among locals as the days are sunny but a bit cooler.
Just be aware of the marine stingers that can typically be found in the waters along the east coast of Australia and favor warm, clear water. The stinger season in Australia runs from November to May, which makes it more difficult to swim in the Whitsunday area waters. If you wish to go for a snorkel (or just a quick cooling-off swim) during stinger season, I would advise you to wear a stinger suit.
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What To Pack For Hydeaway Bay
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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Final Thoughts Of Hideaway Bay
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Hideaway Bay and its beaches, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!