CASSOWARY COAST
This is the Cassowary Coast, stretching from sleepy beachside Cardwell in the south, to the sugar growing centre of Innisfail in the north. The Cassowary Coast is an incredibly green region of tropical rainforest, banana and sugarcane plantations, quaint vacation villages, and golden stretches of beach lined with palm trees. Inland from the coast are lush forest clad mountains, and rivers ideal for rafting, canoeing, cruising and fishing, as well as fresh water holes that are very popular swimming areas and picnic spots.
TO PROCEED TO A PARTICULAR DESTINATION ALONG THE CASSOWARY COAST, PLEASE USE THE LINKS TO THE RIGHT, OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE HIGLIGHTED DESTINATIONS ON THE MAP.
The colourful but flightless Cassowary, the world's most dangerous bird... statistically speaking!. And it lives in Australia. The Cassowary Coast is named after the beautiful Cassowary, a large flightless bird that inhabits the region. If you are lucky, you may see one of them, so keep your eyes open as they are an impressive sight. But be careful driving through this area, since road deaths are the biggest problem faced by the endangered Cassowary.

Most of the towns in the area were built around the pioneering sugar industry, but over the last century they have developed very different charasteristics. While Innisfail's European architecture is still a reflection of the pioneers who called that town home, Babinda supports a very successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander craft and tourism co-operative. Gordonvale still has a Queensland-style town square, Tully is very well known for being a wonderful spot for white water rafting and kayaking, and Mission Beach is a paradise for holiday makers looking for solitude.

This stretch of coastline alone has more than 25 tropical islands off its shore, most of them inhabited. More than 12 mainland National Parks lie in the area, and it is the closest mainland access in Queensland to the outer Barrier Reef. The natural attractions are easily accessible - just off the highway are places such as the Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Mount Bartle Frere, Mount Bellender Ker, the Palmerston National Park, the Mulgrave Valley, the Tully River and Cardwell's Forest Drive. But the 'jewel' of the Cassowary Coast is Mission Beach, a little hideaway off the main road and enveloped in tropical rainforest.

Just offshore from Mission Beach are some of the world's most magnificent islands, many of which are declared national parks. These islands are a beautiful spot to spend some time - whether it is only a few hours or a few days - and the best way to get to the Great Barrier Reef.

There are numerous resorts and accommodation houses available to suit every budget and occasion, including luxury beachfront apartments, villa's resorts, motels, hostels, caravan parks and camping sites, cabins, bed and breakfasts and farmstays. All accommodation facilities have been built to take advantage of the magnificent ocean views, golden beaches and tropical gardens.

GETTING AROUND THE CASSOWARY COAST

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Quick Cat Cruises, the stylish and comfortable way to reach Dunk Island.QUICK CAT CRUISES
Clump Point Jetty, Mission Beach
Phone (07) 4068 7289 / Fax (07) 4068 7185

www.quickcatcruises.com.au

Quick Cat Cruises offers boat transfers to Dunk Island from Clump Point Jetty, in Mission Beach, four times a day. The transfer takes about 20 minutes. Quick Cat Cruises provide coach connections from Cairns Airport, Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. One way tickets vary from $24 from Mission Beach to $94 from Port Douglas. Kids pay 50% of adult fares. Private charters are also available upon request.

Mission Beach Dunk Island Connections provides daily transfers from Port Douglas to Dunk Island, picking up or dropping passengers in Cairns, Innisfail and Mission Beach.Mission Beach Dunk Island Connections provides daily transfers from Port Douglas to Dunk Island, picking up or dropping passengers in Cairns, Innisfail and Mission Beach.
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Premier / Pioneer Motor Service run a bus service from Brisbane to Cairns, stopping at different towns within the Cassowary Coast, including Mission Beach.Premier / Pioneer Motor Service also run a bus service from Brisbane to Cairns and viceversa. The buses stop at Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr, Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and Gordonvale.

Rent a car through Cairns Unlimited and the find the best Cairns car hire deal.Of course if you've got a desire for the freedom and flexibility that can only be had at the wheels of your own vehicle, please visit our CAR HIRE page. We may be called Cairns Unlimited, but we can get you a great deal on a rental car or campervan anywhere! Simply fill out our obligation-free enquiry form, and we will get back to you - usually the next working day - with the best deal on a vehicle to suit your needs.
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Gordonvale, Babinda, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell are a scheduled stop on the regular Cairns to Brisbane Greyhound bus route.Gordonvale, Babinda, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell are a scheduled stop on the regular Cairns to Brisbane Greyhound bus route, with up to five departures every day. Greyhound 'bus pass' will give you the flexibilty to stop off at interesting destinations along the way.

Mission Beach and Tully are two of the essential stops on all of the Oz Experience East Coast routes.Mission Beach and Tully are two of the essential stops on all of the Oz Experience East Coast routes. Oz Experience has a range of passes and itineraries around the country.

The Tilt Train stops at the cities of Cardwell, Tully, Innisfail, Babinda and Gordonvale on its way to Cairns from Brisbane.The Tilt Train stops at the cities of Cardwell, Tully, Innisfail, Babinda and Gordonvale on its way to Cairns from Brisbane. Allow around 12 hours to make the whole trip.
The Sunlander train travels from Cairns to Brisbane and return, stopping at Townsville, close to Mission Beach.The Queenslander train travels from Cairns to Brisbane and return, stopping at Townsville, close to Mission Beach.The Queenslander and the Sunlander travel from Cairns to Brisbane and return. Althought none of them stops at any of the city on the Mission Beach area, they do stop at Cairns and Townsville. It is then easy to travel to Mission Beach from any of these destinations.

Trans North Bus & Coach offers a service from Mission Beach to Bingil Bay, in Tropical North Queensland, and return.Trans North Bus & Coach offers a service from Mission Beach to Bingil Bay and return. The buses run a number of times each day, from Monday to Saturday, except Public Holidays, stopping at different spots on their way (Bingil Bay and Clump Point amongst others).

Hinchinbrook Ferries offers daily transfers to Hinchinbrook Island from Cardwell (except Christmas Day). Camper transfers are available to various parts of the island, and it is also possible to arrange an unscheduled pickup. For more details, see the Hinchinbrook Island or Cardwell pages, or visit their website

One of most popular attractions in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef.

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Fantastic view of Cardwell Beach, in Far North Queensland, Australia. Click for larger photograph.
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