Laid back Mission Beach is where you will find beautiful sandy beaches lined with coconut palms and tropical islands close enough to paddle to. This picturesque 14km length of coastline comprises the four villages of South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay.
Accommodation choices are many: from backpacker hostels to caravan parks by the beach, to bed and breakfasts, motels and resorts. There’s also a diverse range of self-contained rental property from beachfront houses, quaint cottages to rainforest hideaways on a scale ranging from budget to indulgent.
It’s a popular base for exploring the surrounding World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest, quiet beaches and The Great Barrier Reef. Many people come to experience the peace and quiet, relax and do nothing much. It’s that kind of place, whatever experience you seek, it’s all here.
When you do want to get active you can fill your days exploring gentle eco-friendly options or extreme experiences for adrenalin seekers. The list is dynamic: Explore the walks, sky dive the beach, bird watch (big and little birds!), kayak the Coral Sea, go mountain biking, take in Indigenous culture, fish the big and small offerings from a local estuary or the Great Barrier Reef.
Maybe you’ll just charter something; a helicopter, jet ski, blokart, scooter, yacht, rental car, paddle board, bike, tinnie or a local expert. There are all sorts of boating options whether you prefer fishing, sailing, diving or an adventure and island picnic trip. Stay the night on a Great Barrier Reef island or take a day trip just to snorkel and swim. The water taxi and other charters can take you to the famous Dunk Island National Park and nearby is the exclusive eco-resort of Bedarra Island.
If it’s total relaxation, pampering or wedding preparations you are after, the villages offer beauty and massage services. There is an array of dining options scattered in each village from take-aways, cafes and coffee shops to gourmet bistros and restaurants.
Browse through the Mission Arts Gallery and Arts Centre at MARCS park, or the various boutique shops. Visit the Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre or the Mission Beach Travel Centre at Wongaling Beach for ideas on what to do.
Bush walking is a must and the best way of seeing a cassowary in the wild. The range of short walks to longer hikes takes you through a variety of landscapes, many of these are in the Djiru National Park. The Licuala day-use area is just off the road from Mission Beach to Tully. The park is great for bird watching with cassowaries frequenting the area. A short children’s walk (400m) branches off the start of the walk, following cassowary “footprints” to a “nest and eggs”. Stroll under a canopy of fan palms on the Licuala Fan Palm walk (1.3km, 30 minutes).
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