4 Best Hideaway Bay Beaches – A Complete Guide


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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 spelled 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.

Hydeaway 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 exploring the area and perhaps even booking 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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Hydeaway Bay is approximately a 45 minutes’ drive north of Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland. 

Take the Gregory-Cannon Valley Road to Dingo Beach Hydeaway Bay Road, and then don’t miss the turn to Hydeaway Bay Drive. 

Click here to see the location on Google Maps.

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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As I mentioned before, Hydeaway Bay is easily reached by heading north from Airlie Beach along the coastline.

Upon arriving at Hydeaway Bay, it’s best to visit the beaches in the following order;

  1. Nelly Bay Beach
  2. Dingo Beach
  3. Hideaway Bay Beach
  4. Montes Reef Resort & Beach

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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 during your visit. 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. 

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Dingo Beach is located just north of Nelly Bay Beach and is 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!

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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.

This 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, Hydeaway 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! 

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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 Hydeaway 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. 


Nearby is the Montes Reef Resort which 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!

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The best time to visit 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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When visiting Hideaway Bay, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you:

  • Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend:

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.



The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

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