Location

Mission Beach is one of the few unspoilt pieces of paradise still available on the Far North Queensland Coast, with a year-round climate of 18 - 32 Degrees C. A relaxed community with a laidback lifestyle and casual sophistication, Mission Beach sits perfectly between lush World Heritage rainforest and fourteen kilometres of pristine white beaches gently lapped by the tranquil, clear blue Coral Sea. Offshore (just minutes by fast water taxi), the resort islands of Dunk and Bedarra laze in the sun.

Galleries and studios, coffee shops and fine restaurants abound. There's also deep-sea fishing, reef cruises, white water rafting, windsurfing, and sailing, water skiing paraflying, snorkelling, sky diving on the beach. Bush walking, horse riding, golf, monthly markets and more.

 

Mission Beach is secluded, yet not remote, and just far enough away to maintain it's unique charm - an hour and a half easy driving from Cairns International Airport along National Highway 1. Great natural beauty, lush rainforests, superb beaches and many tropical islands just offshore plus easy access to The Great Barrier Reef means that Mission Beach really does have it all!

Getting Here

All major coach lines operate between Cairns and Townsville.

Hire cars are available at both Cairns and Townsville Airports.

Driving time from Cairns is approximately 1.5 hours and Townsville 2.5 hours. The trip along the Bruce Highway from both centres is comfortable and scenic.

Set in its own pocket of tropical rainforest is the jewel of the Cassowary Coast...Mission Beach, 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy beaches, with Dunk Island just off our shore.

Climate

October-March 20 - 32
April-September 18 - 26

Travelling From Cairns

Heading south from Cairns you reach the sugar town of Babinda with its huge mill working 24 hours a day during sugar cane harvesting season. The turn off to The Boulders takes you to a series of spectacular cascades and pools full of adventure and perhaps some mystery! Shortly after Babinda is Josephine Falls, a perfect spot to stop for a swim before lunch.

Innisfail is the region's largest town and home to the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm offering a diverse number of animals to feed, see or pat! Mourilyan with its Sugar Museum and harbour are next as you travel down the highway and provide an interesting insight into all facets of growing and transporting sugar cane.

A short journey inland will bring you to the magnificent Paronella Park before rejoining the highway just north of the turn off to Mission Beach.

Travelling from Townsville

Many points of interest can be seen by travelling north from Townsville, the first being Frosty Mango highway and its delicious range of home-made ice cream. Two spectacular sets of waterfalls, Jourama and Wallaman, are a must to see before reaching the unique Ingham Cemetery.

The incredible Lucinda Pier is a short drive off the highway and an amazing sight. As you traverse the Cardwell Ranges, breathtaking views of famous Hinchinbrook Island are well worth stopping for to take some photos.

The last stop before Tully and the turn off to Mission Beach is Murry Falls, a lovely spot for a picnic and a swim.

Activities

Only children believe in fairytales. Their tiny minds create the fantasy that reality makes impossible for adults. But, on arriving at Mission Beach you might just believe that fairytales can come true...Surrounded by National Parks and World Heritage listed reef and rainforest, it's simply the most magnificent place on Earth.

Offshore are the beautiful Family Group of islands including Dunk, Bedarra and Timana Islands, and just to the south is the largest island national Park in the world, Hinchinbrook Island. The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres away making Mission Beach the closest access to the Reef and its brilliant white sandy coral beaches known as Beaver and Taylor Cays.

Mission Beach's history is as old as our country, Captain Cook being the first of many explorers to sail our waters and marvel at the majestic beauty of our region. He and those that followed left many reminders of their journeys, naming Dunk and Hinchinbrook Islands as well as many other landmarks. An aboriginal mission was established at South Mission beach in 1912, hence the name. The peace and serenity of the area has attracted many famous people over the years including former Prime Minister, Harold Holt.

The unique Licuala Fan Palm can be seen in all its magnificence at the Licuala State Forest and Boardwalk. The large tracts of the beautiful lowland rainforest are home to the rare and unusual Cassowary, Scrub Turkey, giant green tree frog and countless flora and fauna. Mission Beach is dotted with dozens of different species of birds and butterflies, the most famous being the beautiful iridescent electric blue Ulysses Butterfly. Its cousin, the Cairns Birdwing can also be found while enjoying the many rainforest walking tracks criss-crossing this ecotourism paradise. The pristine Hull River, its entire length undisturbed, is unique and home to crocodiles, mud crabs, barramundi and countless underwater life.

This area is heaven to fishermen. The ocean and local rivers teem with endless varieties of fish. Choose between estuary fishing in the Hull River or Muff Creek or simply cast a line from any point on the beach. For reed or game fishing, charter boats and boat hire are available. Numerous boats depart from various points along Mission Beach for Dunk Island and cruises around the Family Group of islands. Visit the reef and try scuba diving or snorkelling in crystal clear blue waters while experiencing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. For the adventurous, spend a day rafting on the majestic Tully River or cruise down the Hull River spotting crocodiles. Take a guided rainforest night walk or enjoy some of the nearby swimming holes and waterfalls. Ride a camel or a horse along the beach or watch parachutists landing on the beach, or if you are game, try it yourself.

Visit the local aboriginal community and learn how to throw a boomerang and taste some local bush tucker. Try the different cuisines available at our many restaurants and coffee shops, see the local art displayed at our galleries or check out the beach fashions.