Hideaway Bay, Queensland: A Small Slice of Paradise

Continuing my road trip, on Saturday morning I left Airlie Beach and headed further north. I was making my way towards Townsville, but I decided to build in a couple of stop offs along the way. The first, Hideaway Bay, required a detour, but the second, Bowen, was on my route.

Bowen is a small town that just seems to have beaches everywhere. Here are some people swimming between the flags…

bowen swimmers And here are some people who are not swimming between the flags…

bowen swimmers And this is a signpost I saw on one of the beaches in Bowen…

croc signAs soon as I finish this road trip and I’m back home, I will tell you more about Bowen and the other places I’ve been to, but for now I’ve just got to tell you about Hideaway Bay.

Hideaway Bay and Dingo Beach

As the name suggests, Hideaway Bay was a little out of the way, easy to find but you would have to go through a few dust tracks to get to it…

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hideaway bay roads There are some, but not many, houses in Hideaway Bay…

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hideaway bay  housesAnd then there’s the beach; Dingo Beach…

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dingo beachHideaway Bay is surely something very special.

A guy I used to play football with a couple years ago, when I asked him how he was, would always reply “Living the dream mate, living the dream.

I think I know what he means.

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  • Ronnie July 4, 2016, 1:04 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    How do you do ? I have a question about citizenship.

    I am trying to gather information on documents required and other information to apply for citizenship in OZ. Could you please let me know the below:

    1 – The Identity declaration – How do I get this document ? This basically says I need to get a identity declaration saying that this declaring person knows me on a standard form (Form 1195) – how do I get this if I don’t know anyone who can give this declaration ?

    Also, please let me know more details on the above document and how you obtained it ?

    2 – Police Clearance certificate – Is there any limit on the validity of this document ? I am asking because I plan to obtain it beforehand to avoid waiting.

    Like – I have been in USA and India after the PR is processed.. I am planning to get the PCC from USA and India this as soon as I move to Oz even though I still have more than 2 years before I can apply for citizenship. (Assuming of course that I don’t visit these countries after the PCC is obtained.) In other words, th PCC from USA and India will probably be 2.5 years by the time I apply for the citizenship.

    Is this alright ? And do they give PCC just like that or do I need to give them reason adn documents when I apply for PCC for US and India from their embassies in OZ ? Please let me know.

    Thank you

    • BobinOz July 5, 2016, 12:20 am | Link

      Ronnie, I always prefer it when people ask questions that are relevant to the post, this clearly has nothing to do with Hideaway Bay or paradise.

      Anyway, I can’t answer these questions for you, you would need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent. See Would I Qualify?

  • dave July 1, 2016, 8:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, if you remember I have the old ford…. old 8 , I hope you really enjoy the north near Cairns a must see is Paranella Park at Mena Creek near Innisfail http://www.paronellapark.com.au/ also my nephew owns a tour company if you need good places to go ask him and tell I said to contact you his web address is
    http://backcountrybliss.com.au/
    Cheers Dave

    • BobinOz July 2, 2016, 1:20 am | Link

      Yes Dave, I remember you, of course. You sent me some pics for that road trip post.

      What a shame, I actually thought of going to that park, but I didn’t have much time so I gave it a miss. I wouldn’t have had enough time to do it justice anyway, I was pretty much just driving through.

      In Cairns now, Port Douglas tomorrow. Cheers, Bob

  • Michael June 28, 2016, 7:38 pm | Link

    “And here are some people who are not swimming between the flags…”

    That made my day!

    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 2:43 am | Link

      That I made your day makes my day 🙂

  • Carol-Anne June 28, 2016, 8:40 am | Link

    You should stop at Mackay’s northern beaches on your way back. Eimeo beach is my favourite, there’s a hotel there where you can grab lunch with a view. Dolphin Heads has a lovely resort, open to the public. There’s 31 beaches in the Mackay region and they’re all beautiful. The area could do with some hype as a holiday destination as the town is suffering badly from unemployment due to a downturn in the mines.
    I am from the UK and live in Mackay now, in case you wondered. There is a huge expat population here.
    Enjoy far North Queensland 😄

    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 2:09 am | Link

      Well, I did take a look around the area on my way up. I didn’t go to Eimeo Beach, but I did visit Blacks Beach and from there drive on to Ball Bay.

      That drive took me through about 13 km of dust track, there’s just nothing out there but countryside rugged beaches. We don’t have anything like it in the UK, do we?

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