Escape Beach makes list of must-see destinations

Escape Beach, on Hamilton Island, is protected by huge, rocky outcrops and only accessible by boat or on foot.
Escape Beach, on Hamilton Island, is protected by huge, rocky outcrops and only accessible by boat or on foot. Contributed

A SECLUDED Whitsundays beach and a sleepy coastal town are about to become must-see tourist destinations for the region after being named in Australian Traveller magazine's top 100 Best Travel Secrets.

Escape Beach, on Hamilton Island, placed at number 33 on the list, while Bowen ranked at number 88.

Hamilton Island regional communication manager Katie Cahill said tourists could only access Escape Beach on foot or by boat.

"Due to the accessibility the beach is very secluded and private, which is what makes it so special," she said.

Bowen Information Centre manager Kelly Aitken said the coastal town's secluded location made it one of Australia's best-kept secrets.

"The entrance shows the salt works, so it's not a very good welcome, but once you get past that, inside, it's absolutely beautiful," she said. "It's a lovely area to enjoy a holiday."

Mackay residents were quick to divulge their own secret travel spots on the Daily Mercury's Facebook page yesterday.

Michael Pinyon said Hay Point lookout was his pick for great hidden spot while Jessica Tate said Bucasia's beach was a perfect location for tourists in the area.


The top five Best Travel Secrets of Australia

  1. Whites Beach, NSW
  2. Wilpena Pound, SA
  3. Swimming with Minke whales, QLD
  4. Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, SA
  5. Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, NSW

Topics:  holiday tourism whitsundays

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