Mission Beach

Foreshore restaurants, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 765

Mission Beach is named for the Aboriginal mission established in the area in 1914. The beach that features in the town's name is a 14-kilometre-long strip of golden sand fringed by coconut palms and World Heritage–listed wet tropical rainforest. Artists, potters, sculptors and jewellers have settled in the area, which is now reliant on the strong tourism industry of the coast.

Visitor Information

Porter Promenade; (07) 4068 7099

www.missionbeachtourism.com

Nearby national parks

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

  • Girringun National Park

    Girringun National Park, part of the traditional lands of the Warrgamaygan people, comprises four sections: Blencoe Falls, Dalrymple Gap,...more

  • Millstream Falls National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the centrepiece of Millstream Falls National Park in the Atherton Tableland is Big Millstream...more

Nearby towns

  • Tully

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  • Mourilyan

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  • Innisfail

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In Town

Porter Promenade: woodcarving exhibition and rainforest arboretum; next to visitor centre.

Ulysses Link Walking Trail: this 1.2km pathway along the foreshore features local history, sculptures and mosaics.

Great Barrier Reef tours: cruises and day tours to islands and reefs depart from Clump Point Jetty daily.

Boat, catamaran and jetski hire: details from visitor centre.

Nearby

Family Islands The Family Islands National Park protects this chain of islands. The most northerly of the group, Dunk Island, is a popular holiday destination with spectacular forest, rainforest and 14km of walking tracks. The resort is private (maximum 360 people) but camping is available (maximum 30 people). The less-developed islands of Wheeler and Coombe are perfect for bush camping (visitors must be self-sufficient). There is an air service to Dunk Island from Cairns and Townsville or ferry from Clump Point. Islands are accessible by water taxi from Wongaling Beach.

Clump Mountain National Park: this scenic park boasts remnant lowland rainforest, an important habitat for the southern cassowary. A highlight is the 4km Bicton Hill Track to the summit lookout over Mission Beach and coast; just north of Mission Beach on Bingil Bay Rd; (07) 4722 5224.

Bedarra Island: this island of untouched tropical beauty is off-limits to day visitors and children under 15. There’s bushwalking, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, sailing and tennis, and an exclusive resort (maximum 30 people); 16km SE.

Historic cairn: commemorates the ill-fated 1848 Cape York expedition of Edmund Kennedy; South Mission Beach Espl.

Aboriginal Midju: display of Aboriginal culture; adjacent to cairn.

Wet Tropics walking trails: the area around Mission Beach offers spectacular rainforest walks, including the Lacy Creek Forest circuit (1.2km) in the major cassowary habitat of Djiru National Park, the Kennedy Trail (7km) past lookouts and along beaches, and the trails in Licuala State Forest; brochure available from visitor centre.

Adventure activities: including tandem parachuting, kayak trips and whitewater rafting; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Russell Heads 73 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking around Townsville and Cairns 44 km

This entire region offers great delights to bushwalkers, although you are likely to get damp, either from the humidity or from a tropical shower (it is not called ‘rainforest’ for nothing). The Rainforest and... Find out more


Hiking the Thorsborne Trail 57 km

The 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail is a classic tropical bushwalk that weaves along the east coast of the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island National Park. There is a maximum of 40 people allowed on the track at a... Find out more


Cheese-tasting 65 km

In the lush highlands of Millaa Millaa, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy has a superb range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale and tastings. You can watch the delectable... Find out more


Birdwatching - Townsville to Cairns 86 km

You do not need to be a bird nerd to appreciate Tyto Wetlands near Ingham. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot for a picnic, a pleasant walk or a pre-dinner drink. But if you stop at one of the benches or bird hides and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Mission Beach Caravan Park

This caravan park with laundry facilities is on Porters Promenade in Mission Beach, about 2 hr drive from Cairns or 3 hr from Townsville. Known for its 14 km stretch of sandy beaches, the town is a jumping-off point to... Find out more


Dunk Island View Van Park - Campsite 4 km

Located at Mission Beach just 50m from Wongaling beach, this caravan park is set on a well-shaded 2.2 hectare property with views across to Dunk Island. The park is close to shops, restaurants and cafes and the on-site... Find out more


Bingil Bay camping area 4 km

This campground is about 3 km north of Mission Beach on Bingil Bay Rd. There is no power available here. Mission Beach is a 2 hr drive from Cairns or a 3 hr drive from Townsville, and is known for its 14 km stretch of... Find out more


Dunk Island camping area 10 km

This campground is on the west coast of Dunk Island, with 9 designated sites provided. Dunk has 13 km of scenic walking tracks; you can trek through rainforests, complete a circuit of the island or enjoy beautiful views... Find out more


Kurrimine Beach Caravan Park 10 km

This very basic council campground is on Robert Johnson Pde in Kurrimine Beach, about 9 km east of the Bruce Hwy, accessed from Silkwood. The closest major town is Innisfail, about 30 km north of Kurrimine. The nearby... Find out more


Hull Heads camping area 14 km

Estuary and reef fishing from an all-weather boat ramp and pontoon makes Hull Heads an excellent destination for anglers. The campground is next to the coastguard on Luff St in Hull Heads, 15 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more


Stephens Island camping area (boat-based camping) 16 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers is on the western side of Stephens Island, part of the South Barnard group. There are 3 separate sites, each with a maximum of 4 people. Open fires and generators are not... Find out more


Wheeler Island camping area (boat-based camping) 18 km

Located 12 km east of Tully Heads, Wheeler Island is accessible by private boat from Mission Beach. The campground’s only facilities are pit toilets and picnic tables, so campers will need to bring all... Find out more


Coombe Island camping area (boat-based camping) 20 km

Fancy staying at your own exclusive, secluded bush campground? This site, about 13 km east of Tully Heads, only permits 1 group at a time. There are, however, no facilities here so you’ll need to be completely... Find out more


Kent Island camping area (boat-based camping) 23 km

Self-sufficient camping is found on the west coast of Kent Island, part of the North Barnard group. This site is ideal for anglers and wildlife watchers. There are 3 sites with a maximum of 5 people per site; bring all... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village 1 km

This is an excellent park at the heart of a very popular tourist destination and just a short walk to the beach, the shops or the local restaurants. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Beachcomber Coconut Caravan Village 7 km

Mission Beach is a dream holiday destination and this park is the perfect place to stay. It is set in a fabulous location just across the road from the beach. The shops are within walking distance. Bookings are required... Find out more


King Reef Resort 10 km

This beachside caravan park is part of a hotel complex. It has good basic facilities and is very popular during holiday periods. Meals and normal hotel services are available. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Googarra Beach Caravan Park 15 km

The park, close to Tully Heads, has a cafe and a well-stocked shop and also sells fuel. This is a convenient overnight stop or a good base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods. Pets are not... Find out more


Flying Fish Point Tourist Park 41 km

This quality owner-operated park is across the road from the beach in this small community about 7 km from Innisfail. The park puts on cooked dinners on Saturday nights and has happy hour on Wednesday. It also offers... Find out more


Cardwell Beachcomber 43 km

The park is centrally located just a short distance from the centre of town and across the road from the beach (ideal for fishing). The park has good facilities and a licensed restaurant/cafe in the attached motel.... Find out more


Wanderers Holiday Village 77 km

Close to the centre of town, this park is a popular holiday destination for those keen on fishing. There are covered barbecues and a boat parking area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lillypads

A garden rich with fruit-laden trees and flowering plants, a cassowary wandering past, a rainforest creek – yes it’s a truly tropical experience at Lillypads. Accommodation here is provided in two luxury... Find out more


Mission Beach Resort

There are four different areas in this resort, each with swimming pools, and a variety of accommodation from luxury with room service to family oriented. There is also a hotel with gaming rooms. All rooms have private... Find out more


Sejala on the Beach

Step from your front verandah and it’s just a few paces to the beach here, although it’s very secluded. The three beach huts are luxurious in terms of furnishings and toiletries but ‘modern... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge and Resort 39 km

Revolutionary in terms of minimal-impact tourism when it was first established in 1974, this classy resort has no more than a toehold on the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island, and you can hardly see the treetop... Find out more


The Canopy, near Malanda 73 km

Located at Tarzali, this place comprises six beautiful glass and timber treehouses set in 40 hectares of rainforest that has never been logged, with Lumholtz tree-kangaroos creeping around, green ringtail possums,... Find out more


Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 75 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more


Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 78 km

Near Millaa Millaa, the two secluded bush cabins here, on 62 hectares of bushland and rainforest, can sleep up to eight people each, and are completely powered by solar technology and a small water turbine in Possum... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Mission Beach Camp Area 1 km

T/O 3 km N of Tully (R) or 49 km S of Innisfail (L)

Small campground located 24 kilometres east of the highway on the foreshore at the north end of the village. Good shade and facilities.


Bingil Bay camping area 5 km

At Bingil Bay

Very small campground among dense vegetation on the foreshore, 7.5km east of the highway. Limited sites.


Diggers Creek rest area 13 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.


Bilyana rest area 34 km

21km N of Cardwell (L) or 22km S of Tully (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.


Fred Drew rest area 41 km

4km N of Innisfail (L) or 26km S of Babinda (R)

Just off the road at the junction with the Palmerston Hwy.


Murray Falls camping area 44 km

T/O 22km N of Cardwell (L) or 15km S of Tully (R)

Shady campground located 20km (partly unsealed) west of the highway near the falls in Murray Falls State Forest.


Cardwell park area 45 km

At Cardwell

On the foreshore at the south end of town.


Tully Gorge camping area 48 km

T/O into main street through Tully

Pleasant campground surrounded by rainforest on the banks of the Tully River in Tully Gorge State Forest. Located 40km north-west of Tully. Good facilities and shade.


Five Mile Creek park area 51 km

T/O 45km N of Ingham (L) or 8km S of Cardwell (R)

Secluded area located 700m west of the highway at a swimming hole on the north side of Five Mile Creek.


Bramston Beach camping area 58 km

At Bramston Beach

Idyllic foreshore campground situated 17km east of the highway.


Babinda rest area 61 km

T/O at Babinda

Secluded area on a riverbank located 500m south-east of the highway via the old Bruce Hwy.


The Boulders camping area 64 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.


What's on around town

Beach Market: Porter Promenade; 1st and 3rd Sun morning each month.

Monster Markets: MARC's Park, Cassowary Dr; last Sun each month (Easter–Nov).

Banana Festival: Aug.

Film Festival: Nov.

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