North of Airlie Beach off the road to Dingo Beach is secluded Hydeaway Bay, which has its own caravan park with tennis courts and is home to both Montes and Cape Gloucester Eco Resorts. The sands of beautiful Hydeaway Bay separate the two by only five minutes’ walk. Both offer a boutique resort, restaurant and pool, with wonderful views across to nearby Gloucester Island.
Cabins can be hired at reasonable rates and casual moorings are available for boat lovers. A little further north, character-filled Dingo Beach is another quiet unspoiled haven which sports both a pub and a village store. Seafood is naturally the tucker of choice at the pub, which has gathered quite a reputation for Sunday seafood bar-b-ques. From Dingo Beach, one can stroll and fossick along several kilometres of character-filled sands, where ample tree cover provides enticing rest and shade spots for picnickers and beachcombers alike.
At only $5-50 per head, the camping grounds on nearby Gloucester Island offer the best budget accommodation on the Whitsunday Coast. Campers are drawn by the island’s many secluded bays – including the best known East Side Bay with its crab and fish-filled lagoon. Gloucester Island can be reached by boat (a small outboard or dingy will suffice) and permits allowing you to stay over and camp are available from the Whitsunday Information Centre.