Mission Beach is a natural midway point between Townsville and Cairns. It is an unspoilt tropical paradise of World Heritage rainforest fronting 14 kilometres of golden, sandy beach. The relaxed nature of Mission Beach makes it a great place for all sorts of travellers to visit. Whether you are a family seeking calm, safe waters for your kids to swim in or a backpacker on your way up or down the coast, Mission Beach has something for you.
Sunrise over Dunk Island from Wongaling Beach
Mission Beach is now a thriving tourist town that has been able to maintain its small town feel. One reason for this is that the town is spread out along a thin strip of land between the ocean and the hills and farmland behind. This has spread out a large tourism market, and the village doesn’t feel as busy as one might expect.
The beach is flanked by green mountains rising just a short distance inland, and provides views out to the Family Islands. Close to shore at Mission Beach lies a shallow reef which runs from the mouth of Porter’s Creek at the south end of North Mission Beach almost to Clump Point, the rocky point at the north end of Mission Beach. During very low tides portions of this reef are exposed.
Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest on one side and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef on the other, Mission Beach is home to many wildlife species, most notable is the CASSOWARY. This large flightless bird can be found in the rainforest surrounding the area but appears to be thriving in spite of land clearing, traffic and predators such as wild dogs and feral pigs. Much of the area is part of the Coastal Wet Tropics Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for the conservation of lowland tropical rainforest birds.
Mission Beach is also the mainland gateway to Dunk Island, with water taxis and ferries shuttling guests and day-trippers out to the island and its resort. The Resort is still not open due to it being flatten by Cyclone Yasi, but you can still enjoy a day trip out to the Island
Like many other small Australian towns, Tully has built a monument to its most famous characteristic The Cassowary…This Cassowary was carved out of a fallen tree from Cyclone Yasi, which devasted the area when it hit the Cassowary Coast in February 2011.
The Wooden Statue of the Cassowary after Cycone Yasi
There are three parts to Mission Beach which is North Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach.
NORTH MISSION BEACH :- Mix with the locals, enjoy a latte or fresh juice at one of the many outdoor cafes, watch the world go by Mission Beach style…slowly! Mission Beach has a surprising range of gourmet restaurants, bistros and bars to suit all tastes and budgets. Beachside resorts and restaurants, galleries, internet cafes, interior design and beauty salon make up the eclectic ambience of the village.
WONGALING BEACH :- Wongaling Beach is the closest point to Dunk Island and enjoys spectacular views. Launch your boat directly off the beach or catch the water taxi to Dunk Island. Alternatively, take in the shops at the Wongaling shopping centre or enjoy a beer with your lunch in one of the beachfront bars.
SOUTH MISSION BEACH :- South Mission Beach has glorious views across to Dunk Island, Bedarra, the Family Group and the largest National Park Island in Australia, Hinchinbrook Island. Enjoy a relaxing laze on the beach or choose from a variety of water sports at the beach. Hire a boat and head over to Dunk Island, fish from the beach or hire a tinnie to explore the beaches on your own.
Makka, Hartley and myself enjoy a walk along Sth Mission Beach