In the middle of the Cassowary Coast, less than two hours drive from Cairns or Townsville, is Mission Beach. Flanked by World Heritage listed rainforest, with a wide, flat beach stretching for 14 kilometres - not to mention Dunk Island and the Great Barrier Reef lying just offshore - Mission Beach is one of our favourite spots in Tropical North Queensland... and therefore the world!
Mission Beach was named after an Aboriginal mission which was established here in 1914 by the Queensland Government to avoid opium addiction among Aborigines and to ease conflict with the European settlers. It was more a penal settlement than a religious mission. In 1918 the Mission was destroyed by a cyclone, and the Aborigines living there were moved to Palm Island.
Nowadays, Mission Beach is a thriving but idillyc and relaxed beachfront town with more than 14 kilometres of pristine golden sandy beaches lined with palm trees. It is one of the Tropical North's best kept secrets. Surrounded by two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, Mission Beach is the perfect place to break away from your everyday life. The beaches in the Mission Beach area are, without a doubt, the best mainland beaches within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are virtually unspoilt by man's intrusion. So why not leave your stress at home and prepare yourself for a place where the only traffic jam will be caused by cassowaries crossing the roads??? well, that's if you are lucky enough to see one. As locals say, it is paradise!
Bingil Bay is only about five kilometres north of Mission Beach. A very picturesque beach with fringing coconut trees, Bingil Bay is considered by many to be the prettiest beachfront in the area.
Wongaling is Mission Beach's central hub, with a supermarket, a video/dvd hire, a pharmacy, a bottle shop and a few specialty shops along with some cafés and restaurants. Dunk Island is only 10 minutes away by water taxi from Banfield Parade, in Wongaling Beach.
It is actually in South Mission Beach where the original mission was located. It is the southern-most beach in the Mission Beach area, a friendly township ideal for people who want to relax. The views of Dunk Island are dramatic and thanks to the boat ramps as well as the tranquility, South Mission Beach is a very popular holiday destination for families, fishermen and executives running way from stress alike.
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 holiday 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.
Of course, Mission Beach offers a excellent variety cafes, wines bars and restaurants as well as all the other facilities you will need for your perfect vacation.