Mission Beach is the place where two world heritage areas of Queensland meet. The Great Barrier Reef and the Tropical Rainforest, together they provide an unparalleled experience and the ideal destination for the perfect holiday. The wet tropical rainforest actually goes right up to the golden sand of the beaches in many places around Mission Beach. When you visit Queensland, a visit to Mission Beach is a must.
Mission Beach offers all the activities you could wish for on a holiday too, with golf, wildlife spotting (including crocodiles), fishing, rainforest walks, bike riding, kayaking, jet skiing, picnics on one of the nearby Islands, shopping at the local markets, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Take a day trip to Atherton Tablelands with the beautiful and historic Paronella Park, or Josephine Falls, take a boat ride over to Hinchinbrook Island, the choices for things to see and do are many and varied.
The more adventurous among us is also catered for with Skydiving, take a tandem skydive from 14,000 feet where you will land on one of the most stunning and pristine beaches you will ever see, or you can partake in a white water rafting trip in the beautiful Tully Gorge.
Less than 5 kilometres offshore from Mission Beach, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island are well known along the Queensland coast as an aquatic playground. A little further out (only 38 kilometres away) is The Great Barrier Reef, making Mission Beach the closest mainland access to the Reef, just an hour or so by boat. This means more time for you to explore the wonders of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef when you stay at Mission Beach.
Mission Beach is actually comprised of four small villages, South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay, which are strung along the coast and joined by a picturesque palm fringed beach. From Kennedy Bay in the south, to Garners Beach in the north, (a favourite spot for naturalists), accommodation is available in all four of these townships and many visitors to Mission Beach find a favourite and return again and again to our beautiful area.
The Edmund Kennedy walking track at the southern end of the beach is part beach, mangrove and rainforest, and provides a wonderful opportunity to see the fantastic flora and fauna of the area.
Fishing is a significant past time for locals in the area as several creeks empty their waters at Mission Beach and they can often be found fishing for barramundi and mangrove jacks. The locals are very friendly with many willing to pass on their local knowledge to visitors. To get you started there is Good fishing at Clump Point jetty and the rock wall at Clump Point boat ramp, but if you’re looking for a more secluded spot, try Brooks Beach or Garners Beach towards the northern end.
As part of the Cassowary coast, Mission Beach is also famous for its Southern Cassowary (now an endangered species) and It's quite likely that you'll catch a glimpse of one in the rainforest around Mission Beach. A little care is always a good idea with these birds as they are territorial and can become quite aggressive if you get too close to nesting site.
Mission Beach is only 3 Hours from Townsville and 2 hours from Cairns, and offers an impressive array of restaurants, gift shops, galleries, cafes and a choice of accommodation that major cities would be envious of, including everything from Backpackers, Caravan Parks, Apartments & Villas, B&B's, Holiday Homes, Elite Retreats, Motels and luxurious beachfront Resorts.
Paronella Park is nothing if not unique, Built by JosÃ© Paronella and his wife Margarita between 1929 and 1935, they had a dream to create Pleasure Gardens that the whole community could enjoy.
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