Mission Beach

This beach, the town’s namesake, is a 14 kilometre strip of pale sand fringed by coconut palms and Word Heritage-listed rainforest, with views across to Dunk Island. Mission Beach actually comprises several settlements sprawling along the beach, and you can reach Dunk Island by a ferry from Mission Beach’s Clump Point, or a water taxi from either Wongaling Beach or South Mission Beach (there are also air services from Cairns). Dunk Island has a stylish resort, and two thirds of the land is designated national park with rainforest, birdlife, butterflies and orchids. There is also camping near the main jetty. As well as snorkelling, waterskiing, sailing and parasailing, there are bushwalking trails including a 10‑kilometre circuit that climbs Mount Kootaloo and takes in Coconut Bay, a great spot for swimming.

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