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My favourite destination in Nth Queensland.
If you ever wanted to experience a little bit of paradise then I highly recommend you visit Mission Beach. There are so many attractions to keep any keen traveller or naturalist totally occupied and engaged, the beauty is overwhelming with the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, Dunk Island and forgotten private islands scattered endlessly over the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea.
Mission beach has an abundance of National Parks and endless array of beaches; with beautiful untouched pristine land; endless array of wildlife including the majestic Cassowary bird. A thousand more bird species whispering sweet sounds to the rainforest and trees makes this place a natural paradise.
With its welcoming laid back village and colourful local characters makes Mission an unforgettable experience. If you have a little ?Hippy ?or beach bum inside your own character then you will slip perfectly into Mission Beach.
How long this place will stay pristine I guess is hopefully not up to the developers!
What a delightful location and beach hut, we were very thrilled with our rustic comfortable beach cabin. The Sejala cabins offer complete privacy with a touch of tropical paradise all wrapped up into a delightful beach holiday.
There are three huts Beaches, Waves and Coral. The best two are located on the beach; the Coral hut is next door to the swimming pool and has a lovely garden surrounding it. The pool is small and extremely well shaded for the hot summer months.
An enclosed stinger net is located on the beach just a few minutes away from Sejala.
The cabin is well equipped with a double bed, couch, coffee table, TV and a small kitchenette. The bathroom is well appointed having a rustic ambiance with its tin shower and open aired louvered windows.
These cabins are not 5 stars but offer a delightful casual beach atmosphere oozing with charm and character. The beach is on your doorstep and the village is just a short 10-minute walk away along the gorgeous tropical beach.
We visited Horizon Hotel whilst staying at Mission Beach for lunch. The hotel is located at the end of South Mission Beach up a steep hill, which has a gorgeous driveway through the rainforest and tropical gardens.
We asked if we could have lunch, the staff were incredibily friendly and polite directing us to a lovely table overlooking the stunning views of Dunk Island and numerous other small islands.
The outdoor area and swimming pool looked absolutely divine, but I would be put off staying here due to all the stairs which seemed to run endlessly down to the hotel rooms.
Our lunch was delightful and the staff a credit to this establishment. We enjoyed dining here and having such an awesome view was very romantic and special.
The beach looked a long walk away, and in the hot summer months I imagine it would be tiresome. However, the swimming pool was gorgeous with plenty of deck chairs supplied.
If staying or visiting Mission Beach then I highly recommend visiting Horizons even just for a cocktail or coffee. The views are worth experiencing.
Mission Beach is located approximately two hours drive south from Cairns and 3hrs north of Townsville. Dunk Island lies 4km off shore from beautiful Mission Beach .
You cannot take your car over to Dunk Island, you must go by water taxi or ferry.
BY Plane- Regular 3 daily flights operate from Cairns Airport to Dunk Island, it takes 45minutes with Hinderland Aviation.
All Australian cities have regular flights to Cairns. www.qantas.com.au www.virginblue.com.au www.jetstar.com.au
Bookings must be booked through Voyages Tel: 1300 134 044 or www.voyages.com.au
All flights from any major city in Australia fly direct to Cairns which is the closest airport. You can also fly to Dunk Island from Cairns.
Macair Private Airlines also fly to Dunk Island from Cairns
www.qantas.com.au www.virginblue.com.au www.jetstar.com.au
Coaches leave Cairns for Mission Beach and Dunk Island connections. Contact any travel agent in Cairns for timetables. www.premierms.com.au or www.greyhound.com.au
Mission beach also has a local daily bus service which runs from Bingal Bay to Sth Mission Beach.
For bookings from Mission Beach to Cairns - go to the newsagency in the village.
All major car hire companies can be found at either Townsville or Cairns Airport. If wanting to hire a car in Mission beach try SugarLand Car Rentals located at 30 Wongaling Road. Tel : (07)4068 8272
www.avis.com.au www.thrifty.com.au www.hertz.com.au www.europcar.com.au
The restaurant in Castaways Resort which is located on the beach approx 5 mins walk along the beach is a little more upmarket offering a good wine list and selection of fresh food. The restaurant overlooks the swimming pool and beach.
Blarneys offers excellent service, atmosphere and food. The menu is mostly meat dishes with some old favourites like steak and kidney pie. If you are looking for an initmate and cozy place for a romantic dinner then you cannot pass Blarney's.
This is a cheap and cheerful restaurant offers pizza and pasta in a casual alfresco style. It's popular with the locals and tourists.
Cafe Coconutz is a laid back casual cafe with a small and intimate courtyard offering okay meals with an Asian flavour. The cafe turns into a bar after dark and its a fantastic place to hang out to meet other travelers and the locals. We had a fabulous night here enjoying some excellent company, especially with the colourful locals.
The tavern has a good size bar which offers a TV for watching your favourite game of footy or cricket.
The outdoor restaurant is set amongst the tropical gardens overlooking the beach and swaying coconuts. The food was average but the setting and staff made up for any inadequacies. Its a lovely place to relax and share an intimate dinner under the candlelights.
This is the "cool" place to hang-out whilst visiting Mission Beach, its a great way to meet other travelers and locals. It starts to get busy after dark and dinner.
This is a locals pub where you can just sit and relax having a beer and watch the sports on their Telly. Its located on the beach just a few mins from the village.
Mission Beach Village is located on Porter Promenade, the village is only tiny but offers efficient facilities. There is no bank at the moment but the Post Office handles most transactions if required. ATM's can be found in the village the most popular being at the supermarket. There is NO Petrol Station in Mission Beach.
There is one supermarket in Mission Beach which stocks most items. An ATM and EFTPOS is available.
There is no bank in Mission Beach, however there are 3 ATM's in the village. You can go to the Post Office if you need any banking requirements. ATM's can be found in the newsagency, Mission Beach Resort and the supermarket.
The most important bottle shop is located in Mission Village shops. It takes most credit cards.
A NEW shopping centre is being built so the information above will soon change.
The most popular activity is to visit Dunk Island, which is a short ferry/ water taxi ride away from Mission Beach. One can either stay at Dunk Island Resort or have a day pass, which allows full use of the resort facilities and includes a lunch deal. AUD$20.00pp.
We caught the taxi over and it was fun and extremely quick, on arrival we were greeted by a Voyages staff member who took us through what could be done as a day visitor. We opted to buy the $20.00AUD day pass which included a lunch deal at Voyages Resort and full use of their swimming pools.
Lunch at Voyages was basically a set menu of pasta dishes and salads, we thought it to be good value and tasty.
The resort has many facilities and attractions; we found the swimming pools to be excellent especially the main pool overlooking the beach. This resort would be fabulous for families as there is a good size kids club, tennis courts, golf course, and heaps of water activities to keep everyone happy.
We had a stroll around the resort; basically it?s not your 5 star hotel but offers a relaxed tropical beach atmosphere set amongst gorgeous tropical gardens and beaches.
There are plenty of things to see and do for the day visitor, the resort rests beside the Dunk Island National Park so there are many walking tracks to explore through the rainforests and secluded beaches. Sailing boats, paddle skies, horse riding and fishing equipment can all be hired from the water sports store.
Overall - We had a fabulous day's outing and its well worth your effort to experience this lovely tropical island and Voyages Resort.
The water taxi departs from Wongaling Beach, which is approx 10minutes drive south from Mission Beach. Tickets can be purchased at the water taxi office.
The ferry for Dunk Island departs from Clump PT Jetty - 8.30am-10am-2pm ( 25mins)
Returning Dunk Island Jetty 1.30pm-3.30pm-4.30pm
COST - AUD$40.00 or with Bus option AUD$50.00 from Mission Beach
The Family Group Islands are located south of Dunk Island, some of the islands are privately owned others are National Parks. The Family Group Islands consist of Hudson, Bowden, Coombe, Smith and Wheeler islands. You can hire a private boat or charter boat from Mission Beach to explore the sights of these wonderful tropical paradise islands.
Visit the tourist information centre for more details.
White water rafting can be found at Tully Gorge which is approx 70 mins from Mission Beach. If you are a adventurous traveler and love to experience some fun then you can do a day trip from Mission Beach to Tully Gorge with Raging Thunder Adventures or RR White Water Rafting. The town of Tully also offers good white water tours.
Head to the town of Tully, approx 70kms away from Mission Beach. Once in Tully turn right at the main street and left at the Post Office this scenic road leads to the wonderful Tully Gorge.
Mission Beach is home to the Cassowary a huge flightless bird which is listed as a endangered species. We never saw one which was unfortunate, as we did look seriously around whilst walking the bush/ rainforest tracks. There are signs everywhere saying "please drive carefully" as most of the Cassowary's have been killed by cars.
There are some other fabulous birds to look out for if visiting Mission Beach like the Australian Ibis, HuntingSea Eagle, Black-necked Stock, Brahming Kite and many many more.
For Bird watching tours - www.riveratcruises.com.au
Mission Beach offers some excellent ways to see the Great Barrier Reef. You can either go on a regular cruise or take a sea-kayak with Coral Sea Kayaking or Sunbird Aventures. Visit the tourist information centre in the village for more details about price and timetables.
If you feel like a little diving or snorkelling then Calypso Dive www.calypso dive.com will assist in making your diving experience special.
If you have a car and some time up your sleeve, then I highly recommend you take a drive to Port Hinchinbrook and hop onto one of the Hinchinbrook cruises which take in the breathtaking and beautiful Hinchinbrook Passage and Island.
You can either stay at Hinchinbrook Island wilderness lodge or at Port Hinchinbrook Resort.
www.hinchinbrook lodge.com.au www.porthinchin brook.com.au
Hinchinbrook is located half way between Townsville and Mission Beach.
Cairns - 185kms
Townsville - 160kms
You can also reach this spot by catching a coach from Townsville or hoping onto a train to Cardwell
Mission Beach to Cairns - approx 2hours.
Mission Beach to Townsville - approx 3 hours
Mission Beach to Tully - approx 70kms
Mission Beach to Bingal Bay - 4.5kms
Mission Beach to Wongaling Beach - 5kms
Mission Beach to South Mission Beach - 5.5kms
Stingers - Box Jellyfish or Irukandji. - Stinger season is between October to May.
Found in Northern Queensland, Northern Territory, and Northern Western Australia.
PLEASE READ ALL LIFE-SAVING SIGNS AND WARNINGS>
. The Irukandji (Carukua barnesi) inhabits Northern Australian waters. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimeters in diameter, which makes it very hard to spot in the water.
This is a species of jellyfish which has become known about in recent years, due to deaths of swimmers in Australia . In 2002, a man was stung whilst swimming off the Coast of Hamilton Island . 58 year old British tourist; unfortunately died a few days later.
A good size stinger net is located on Mission Beach at the bottom of Seaview Street and just near Mission Beach Adventure Centre. It is completely safe to swim inside the stinger nets.
There are many coconut trees on the beach, we were very lucky not to be hit by one whilst walking home from a night out along the beach. I imagine you would have a very sore head if a coconut happened to fall onto you.......so be-careful at night, as its extremely dark and almost impossible to see anything if there is no moonlight.
The beach is absolutely divine when the moon is shining !
Mission Beach is gorgeous, its totally pristine and undeveloped. The laid back atmosphere creates a true blue beach holiday. The best time to visit Mission Beach is September out of Stinger Season.
Mission Beach just seems to engulf the whole tropical paradise feel and gets into your senses. The rainforest mixed with a heavenly beach makes this place extra special.
Its best NOT to visit this region in Dec / Jan / Feb due to heavy rainfalls and cyclones.