Having a wide range of accommodation from resorts and luxury holiday homes to motels and bed and breakfasts. The tourist destination caters for family holidays, weekend getaways, backpackers, adventure travellers, birdwatchers, campers and caravanners.
On offer all year round is a wide range of activities from Great Barrier Reef trips, fishing and sea kayaking to extreme sports including tandem skydiving and white-water rafting.
A good range of services and shopping facilities are available including 2 supermarkets, a hardware store, medical centre, pharmacy and library. Cafes and restaurants feature local produce.
Just a short 10-minute boat ride from Mission Beach you will find the matriarch of the Family Island Group - Dunk Island. This tropical island provides locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the Island’s walking tracks, snorkel the reef lined bays or the luxury of setting up your tent for an island escape. Furthermore you can continue to explore many of the other Family Islands which include Bedarra, Wheeler, Coombe, Smith, Bowden and Hudson.
As home to the endangered southern cassowary, a large and majestic bird living in the surrounding world heritage rainforest, you can be walking through one of our many rainforest walks and encounter this prehistoric bird. Another popular pastime for locals and visitors alike.
South Mission Beach
South Mission Beach has a caravan park and many holiday homes to rent. There is a stinger net and a patrolled beach (in season). You can hire a tinnie or sit and enjoy a meal from one of the cafes or restaurants in the area. The Surf Life Saving and sailing clubs are located at the end of the road. South Mission Beach also backs on to the Hull River National Park, a large estuarine mangrove system and swamp forest area. Here you can fish the protected waters of the Hull River or spot a crocodile. The Edmund Kennedy Walking Track to Lugger Bay is one of the most spectacular walks in the area. A coastal walk, and one of the longest (7km, 4 hours), it has breathtaking views of Dunk Island and its neighbouring Family Island Group, beaches and the mouth of the Hull River.
Wongaling Beach offers plenty of choices to stay. Accommodation includes backpacker hostels, caravan parks, a large resort, many smaller apartments, boutique B&Bs and holiday homes. Many restaurants are located on or near the beachfront in Wongaling Beach. The main supermarket for the area is there along with fuel, bottle shops and the local pharmacy. Other specialty shops are located near the “Big” Cassowary. This is the only stopping point in Mission Beach for the major bus companies on their way north to Cairns or south to Brisbane and beyond.
Here you will also be able to located the local Water Taxi which can ferry you across the Dunk Island in a matter of minutes. There is also a number of playgrounds including a splash pad that is popular with children and our local Aquatic Centre.
Mission Beach is a hub with its many boutiques, restaurants and cafes, fruit and vegie store and mini convenience store. You will find a wide selection of accommodation from caravan parks to resorts. Take your time to stroll around the shops and along the stretch of golden sandy beach or later in the afternoon venture into the Village Green to find a Bar or Restaurant for a cool sunset drink.
Take the Ulysses Walking Track to the Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre where you can book your tours or pick up the local walking trail maps for your next adventure. Here you can also visit the C4 centre. Also located in Mission Beach is the Clump Point Boat Ramp/Marina where you can hop aboard a commercial reef and island cruises that will take you around these scenic islands or out to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The Clump Point Jetty is also another spot for fishing or to spot some of the local sealife.
The short 10-minute journey from Mission Beach to Bingil Bay takes you along the iconic coastal drive where the 2 World Heritage Areas of the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park meet. Along the way is the Clump Mountain National Park. The circuit walk to the top of Bicton Hill at Bingil Bay (3.9km, 1.5-2 hours return) offers views of the Barnard Islands and across to Dunk and Hinchinbrook islands. The area is home to lace monitors and nocturnal striped possums. Home to an eclectic group of locals, Bingil Bay literally has one building with a convenience store, come-café, come-bar, come-restaurant, typical of the really laidback charm of this area!
The Musgrave track (6km one way, 2.5 hours) is a multi-use track for walkers and mountain-bike riders along an old forestry road through rainforest and over creeks. The track can be accessed from either the Licuala day-use area or the trailhead on the El Arish-Mission Beach Road. For a more moderate hike involving quite steep terrain, join the Dreaming trail (3.2km one way, 1.5 hours) at Lacey Creek day-use area