Shoal (hideaway) Bay
Between Shoal Bay and George Point is an open, 8 km wide, north facing bay, bordered by high land behind Shoal Bay, with the low ground of Dingo Beach in the centre and hilly terrain rising to over 300 m toward George Point. The shoreline consists of a series of... Read more
Between Shoal Bay and George Point is an open, 8 km wide, north facing bay, bordered by high land behind Shoal Bay, with the low ground of Dingo Beach in the centre and hilly terrain rising to over 300 m toward George Point. The shoreline consists of a series of small bedrock-controlled embayments containing nine beaches, and three small islands. All the beaches face essentially north and are low energy, with calm conditions or low waves dominating. The Dingo Beach Road reaches the coast at Dingo Beach; from there a western road runs out to Sinclaire Bay and an eastern road to Nelly and Jonah Bays. The eastern four beaches have no vehicle access.Shoal Bay (982), more recently renamed Hideaway Bay as part of a land subdivision, is a 2.4 km long, north-east facing, low energy bay, backed by wooded hills rising to 400 m. The lower slopes overlooking the bay were subdivided in the early 1990’s. The beach consists of a narrow high tide strip of sand fronted by 200 to 300 m wide, rocky sand flats. In the south-east corner of the bay is a second 500 m long, curving, west facing beach (983) that ties small Black Currant Island to the mainland via a narrow strip of sand and mangroves.
The main swimming area is in the tidal enclosure at Dingo Beach. If swimming at other beaches it is always better toward high tide, owing to shallow flats off all beaches, together with numerous rocks.
There are numerous rock and reef flats off the beaches that can be fished at high tide. Rock fishing is also possible from the many headlands and rocks.
An area that has seen considerable development since the 1970’s and which will continue to grow, owing to its close proximity to the booming Whitsundays.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 1/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0982