Mission Beach is located 120km south of Cairns on a sensational piece of Queensland coastline. The golden palm-trimmed beach overlooks the prominent Dunk Island and the setting is exceptional. This piece of paradise is popular with holiday makers and is close to many attractions including World Heritage Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, Dunk Island and Tully Gorge.
The township certainly caters for the traveller with a good selection of specialty shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafes and pubs. There are 2 caravan parks
here, a council run park right on the beach and a privately owned park just across the road.
Markets are held every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month in the town centre. A good variety of stalls sell fresh produce, books, plants, clothing, jewellery, art/craft and takeaway food.
This area offers a diverse mix of nature-based and adventure-based tourism activities. There is definitely something for everyone in this neck of the woods.
Licuala day use area in Tam O’Shanter National Park has an easy 1.2km walk through a section of tropical rainforest dominated by the Licuala Fan Palm, one of the few areas left with this species. A 350m children’s walk follows cassowary footprints embedded in the pathway in search of the bird’s nest and eggs. The park is accessible 8km from town along the Tully Road.
Bicton Hill walking circuit in Clump Mountain National Park is accessible just north of town from Bingil Bay. The 3.9km return walk gradually inclines to the summit to expose some breathtaking views of the coast and offshore islands. The walk is magnificent and well worth the 1.5-2 hour effort.
Great Barrier Reef and Dunk Island tours depart daily from the area. Snorkelling or diving on the reef or relaxing by the pool at Dunk Island sound like the perfect way to enjoy a day out off the coast. Tours depart from Clump Jetty and Wongaling Beach and bookings can be made at the Visitor Centre or departure points.
Mission Beach offers the ultimate Skydiving
experience for the extreme adventurers. Imagine viewing the magnificent scenery from above and landing on this stunning coastline. Several companies operate in the area.
The Tully Gorge is another incredibly scenic attraction some 70km from Mission Beach. Get your adrenelin pumping whitewater rafting down the pounding rapids of the Tully River or enjoy the surrounds from lookouts and bushwalks.
This region lies on the Cassowary Coast and is home to the endangered Cassowary, a large black bird with a brilliant coloured head, inhabiting the local rainforests. These magnificent birds are similar in height and stature to an Emu and can become aggressive if approached or provoked. The species is a dying breed so be cautious while travelling in the area.
Mission Beach has real appeal as a holiday getaway. The beaches, rainforests, islands and reef create a tropical paradise worthy of adding to anyone’s holiday itinerary.
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