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Airlie Beach to Cape Gloucester
1 Hour  / 55 Kilometres



Description

This easy 45 minute drive winds its way through cane fields and farms through the northern Whitsunday coast region, culminating in a visit to some spectacular secluded beaches. Spend a day, or just half a day exploring this secret gem of the Whitsundays. Comb the beaches for treasures, enjoy a beverage or lunch at one of the little resorts at Hydeaway Bay or Dingo Beach, or hire a boat for some fishing.

Airlie Beach, on the Whitsunday Coast is the starting point for your journey to Cape Gloucester
Airlie Beach, on the Whitsunday Coast is the starting point for your journey to Cape GloucesterEnjoy lush country scenery en route to Cape Gloucester, Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach
Enjoy lush country scenery en route to Cape Gloucester, Hydeaway Bay and Dingo BeachThe beaches at Cape Gloucester, Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach are long, sandy, and almost deserted
The beaches at Cape Gloucester, Hydeaway Bay and Dingo Beach are long, sandy, and almost desertedThe drive from Hydeaway Bay to Cape Gloucester features some spectacular coastal scenery
The drive from Hydeaway Bay to Cape Gloucester features some spectacular coastal scenery


Journey Details

Duration1 Hour Itinerary TypeLand
Distance55 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Easy

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Snorkelling
    Snorkelling
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Airlie Beach to Cape Gloucester Full Itinerary

Airlie Beach to Gregory-Cannon Valley Road turnoff

Depart Airlie Beach, heading west along Shute Harbour Road. Pass through the suburb of Cannonvale and out into the less crowded semi-rural areas adjacent. After approximately 10 kilometres you will turn right onto Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, which is signposted as the way to Bowen and Dingo Beach / Hydeaway Bay.


The journey starts in the heart of Airlie Beach on Shute Harbour Road
The journey starts in the heart of Airlie Beach on Shute Harbour Road


Route Details

Duration: 10 Mins
Distance: 10 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Easy



Gregory-Cannon Valley Road turnoff to Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff

This leg of the journey winds through cane fields and farm land, crossing bridges and creeks. Once on Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, head north for approximately 13.5 kilometres, keeping an eye out for the next right turn onto Dingo Beach Road. Once on Dingo Beach Road, it is a further 24.5 kilometres to the Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff.


Cross creeks and bridges on Dingo Beach Road
Cross creeks and bridges on Dingo Beach Road


Route Details

Distance: 38 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Easy



Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff to end of Gloucester Avenue

This six kilometre stretch of road takes you from sparse farmland into the beachside hamlet of Hydeaway Bay, where all house either front the beach or have a view of it from the hill. You will find little pathways to the beach, between the houses, spread out along this beachside stretch of road if you are ready for a swim already.

A caravan park just on the outskirts, before you reach the beach, caters to campers and caravanners.

Hydeaway Bay Drive turns into Gloucester Avenue along the beachfront. Continue along until you reach the cul-de-sac at the top of the rise.


Many native birds call the fields and paddocks of the Whitsunday Coast home
Many native birds call the fields and paddocks of the Whitsunday Coast home


Route Details

Distance: 6 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Easy



End of Gloucester Avenue to Montes Reef Resort

From the top of Gloucester Avenue, at the end of the cul-de-sac, follow the dirt road along the coastline over "Oh My God Hill" and other quirkily named geographical features. The red ochre colour of the dirt road contrasts beautifully against the vivid aqua hues of the ocean, making for some excellent photographic opportunities.

There are two small eco resorts on the beachfront here at Cape Gloucester, the first of which is Montes Reef Resort, the second, Cape Gloucester Eco Resort. Both are open for lunch and have cabin-style accommodation available.

Note: while this is a dirt road, it is suitable for normal vehicles most of the time. After heavy rain, the road can become corrugated, and driving at a slow pace with caution is advised.


The dirt road from Gloucester Avenue to Cape Gloucester is one of spectacular contrasting scenery
The dirt road from Gloucester Avenue to Cape Gloucester is one of spectacular contrasting scenery


Route Details

Distance: 3 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty




Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff to Dingo Beach

Instead of turning left at the Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff, continue straight ahead and head into Dingo Beach. The beach is long and sandy, there is ample parking, and enjoy a drink or meal at the Dingo Beach Pub on the corner.


Set right on the beachfront, the Dingo Beach Pub is a fabulous spot to kick your shoes off and enjoy a beer and a BBQ lunch
Set right on the beachfront, the Dingo Beach Pub is a fabulous spot to kick your shoes off and enjoy a beer and a BBQ lunch
Dingo Beach presents acres of sandy beachfront to enjoy
Dingo Beach presents acres of sandy beachfront to enjoy


Route Details

Distance: 2 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Easy




Driving Directions

1 - Airlie Beach to Gregory-Cannon Valley Road turnoff
Start from:277 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
End at:Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, Cannon Valley QLD 4800, Australia
Distance:10.1 km
Duration:11 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Shute Harbour Rd toward Broadwater Ave
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Shute Harbour Rd
    Go through 1 roundabout
  3. Turn right onto Gregory-Cannon Valley Rd
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Gregory-Cannon Valley Road turnoff to Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff
Start from:Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, Cannon Valley QLD 4800, Australia
End at:44 Hydeaway Bay Drive, Cape Gloucester QLD 4800, Australia
Distance:38.0 km
Duration:34 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Gregory-Cannon Valley Rd toward Richardson Rd
  2. Turn right onto Dingo Beach Rd
  3. Turn left onto Hydeaway Bay Dr
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff to end of Gloucester Avenue
Start from:44 Hydeaway Bay Drive, Cape Gloucester QLD 4800, Australia
End at:141 Gloucester Avenue, Hideaway Bay QLD 4800, Australia
Distance:6.1 km
Duration:10 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Hydeaway Bay Dr
  2. Continue onto Gloucester Ave
    Destination will be on the left
4 - End of Gloucester Avenue to Montes Reef Resort
Start from:141 Gloucester Avenue, Hideaway Bay QLD 4800, Australia
End at:44 Hydeaway Bay Drive, Cape Gloucester QLD 4800, Australia
Distance:6.1 km
Duration:10 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Gloucester Ave
  2. Continue onto Hydeaway Bay Dr
5 - Hydeaway Bay Drive turnoff to Dingo Beach
Start from:44 Hydeaway Bay Drive, Cape Gloucester QLD 4800, Australia
End at:20 Deicke Crescent, Dingo Beach QLD 4800, Australia
Distance:2.7 km
Duration:3 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Dingo Beach Rd
  2. Continue onto Pioneer Dr
  3. Pioneer Dr turns slightly left and becomes Deicke Crescent

Other Information


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

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