Day 2 and we headed an hour south of Bowen to Montes Reef Resort at Hydeaway Bay. Opposite Gloucester Island it’s tucked away and fits its name as it does seem like a place you could come to hideaway – if you were smart. It is gorgeous, right on the beachfront the bungalows are simple clean beach shacks but the vistas are priceless.
A quiet stretch of sand, crystal clear water, palm trees with hammocks hanging from them – this is the kind of location people dream about. If you’re after a simple beach break then this is your holiday on a plate.
The location is also a fishing hotspot and with heaps of reef and structure about including, the Austin Powers sounding, Shag Island out the front of the resort there are plenty of locations to wet a line and hopefully pull up some coral trout for your dinner. Chris who manages the resort took us out to try our luck, and Duncan from Dingo Beach Rentals lent us one of his hire tinnies which are perfect for this kinda thing. Thanks also to PJ who took the crew out while Dean and Chris fought against some pretty strong winds to try and pull up something decent – no such luck while Chris did get some little guys on his hand line nothing to bring back and cook up that night. Lucky he had the crab pots out and had a couple of muddies for us.
The final bonus of Montes which should get you marching through there doors is their restaurant. Right on the dunes it’s location is second to none and while it feels like you are so far away from it all the dishes they serve are ten out of ten – inventive and delicious it’s not counter meals here. Great food, amazing out look, social bar, friendly locals (lots of interesting stories were shared on the night, if you do make it there make sure you ask Chris about how he brought his pool across the bay from Bowen or the Shag Island Cruising Yacht Club – classic) this place is what they call a hidden gem and I can see huge growth in the future as more people find out about the hidden paradise at Hydeaway Bay.
I know I said final, BUT, one more thing, if you do make it up to this area don’t miss a chance to head to Dingo Beach and have a beer and a Dingo Burger in the beer garden of the pub – just watch out for some overly friendly local birds who will not hesitate to snap up your lunch.