Monday, September 10, 2012

Hydeaway Bay

When we stopped off in Bowen on our way to Airlie Beach we had been told to
make sure we visited Hydeaway Bay which is north of Airlie Beach. There is
a small caravan park there but we had decided to stay in Airlie Beach
instead and make a day trip to Hydeaway. This is about 60 kilometres north
of Airlie Beach and off the highway. It is a small area with holiday homes
and no shops but a very nice beach area. There was one other car parked at
the beach pull off and after a while we could see the guy as he was
snorkelling along the bay. The only other people we saw were a young couple
who came wandering down the beach and then pushed their blow up dingy into
the water and sailed off. Such a peaceful place.

There is an eco lodge not far from the beach which appeared to be the only
accommodation other than privately owned homes. We saw the small caravan
park and we were pleased that we hadn't bothered to tow the caravan in - it
was very basic and quite a long distance from the beach.

Next stop was Dingo Bay which is very close - we were not impressed by this
area which looked quite run down to us. So much so that we didn't even
bother to take a photo! This area seemed to have more permanent homes and
had a pub (which we understand serves beautiful meals but we didn't try it)
but nothing much else.

We didn't go swimming at all, although Peter says the water was quite warm.
Again temperatures around 24 degrees but the day was overcast and
threatening to rain which never eventuated.

However this morning we have had our first light shower of rain since we
were in Esperance in mid March. We certainly don't want that to continue as
we have booked to go to Hamilton Island tomorrow and will stay on the island

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