Hideaway Bay

Submitted: Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 16:01
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Can anyone tell me anything about Hideaway Bay near Bowen in Qld.
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 16:44

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 16:44
Yes, what do you want to know?Regds

Bill
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 19:18

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 19:18
Is there a ...town?...camping?...a pub...beach??...fishing??...a crowd

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Follow Up By: Member - Bill- Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 21:07

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 21:07
Blackie,

It is a beachside residential subdivision about 15 years old, only half built on, very sleepy unless someone is having a party, in which case, all are invited and usually come. There is a beach and a Caravan Park, but no free range camping. The park is relatively new but only 3 star or so. There is no town water so it is usually on restriction. There is no shop (other than the van park kiosk) or pub at Hideaway but there is a pub, shop and fuel at nearby Dingo Beach. Most of the road down there is sealed now athough there is still about 12K to be done. You will need a boat to fish, all the beaches in the area are shallow so you need to get off a bit to do any good. Good news is the area is pretty protected and there are some good spots you can get to in a tinnie if you wanted. Those familiar with the area would be sad to learn that Earlando has closed for good. Monty's is still going but still boat access only unless you can get a key to the locked gate at the Hideaway end.

The good part about it is there are definitely no crowds and considering where it is, almost feels isolated.

Shortcut from the north is via Collingvale Rd off the Bruce Highway just after you see the first cane.

Regds

Bill
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Reply By: MarkFC - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 07:06

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 07:06
Hi Blackie

It is a magical part of the world. We would go to Dingo Beach and Hideaway Bay every few months for a day trip while we lived in Airlie Beach. To really appreciate the place you need access to a "tinny", to explore the varius fishing spots and isolated bays and beaches.

The road into the area used to be fairly rough, but the last time we were there it was ok (about 2 years ago).

Regards

Mark FC
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 18:04

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2003 at 18:04
From Hideaway Bay road you can take a track to the north which eventually leads to Sinclair Bay. Absolutely lovely spot and although small, one of the best mainland beaches in the area. When we lived in the Whitsundays it used to be one of our favourite destinations. 4WD preferable but not absolutely essential if you take it easy. You can lauch a tinny near the beach and head across the inlet to the Gregory River mouth. Excellent crabbing and fishing in the river. Also, at the right time of year, drag a net out in the bay for prawns. Usually yields good returns. For exact directions to Sinclair Bay, just ask one of the Dingoe Beach locals (they'll know at the pub/shop). Enjoy!

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