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.
How To Get There:
From Airlie Beach, head west along Shute Harbour Road, in the direction of Proserpine. Approximately 10 kilometres after Cannonvale, turn right into Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, following the signs towards Bowen, initially. Turn right, continuing along Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, do not turn left onto Strathdickie Road. Approximately two kilometres before the Bruce Highway, turn right into Dingo Beach Road, following the signs towards Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay. Approximately 30 kilometres along Dingo Beach Road, keep an eye out for and turn left turn onto Hydeaway Bay Road - you should not continue straight ahead to Dingo Beach, as there is no through access from Dingo Beach to Hydeaway Bay. Approximately two kilometres along you will enter the settlement of Hydeaway Bay and the road becomes Gloucester Avenue. To make your way right to Cape Gloucester, continue to the apparent cul-de-sac at the end of Gloucester Avenue and drive down the dirt track. The dirt road goes for approximately five kilometres and ends at the two beach resorts at the Cape.
From Proserpine, drive north along the Bruce Highway for approximately 10 kilometres, and turn right into Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, following the signs towards Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour. Take the first left, approximately two kilometres along, turning into Dingo Beach Road. Follow directions from Dingo Beach Road as above.