Mission Beach Australia
"Mission Beach Australia - Fab beaches and great for stop offs, family holidays and Great Barrier Reef access!"
You'll find Mission beach between Cairns and Townsville which makes it an excellent first stop off for anyone planning a road trip from Cairns down towards the south.
It's a beautiful spot as it's where the rainforests meet the sea so you get to experience the best of both worlds - great beaches and interesting wildlife (think butterflies, tree frogs and cassowaries.)
it is also one of the nearest points to the Great Barrier Reef so does attract tourists who want to combine a relaxing holiday with some day trips to the Reef.
Sadly Cyclone Yasi in 2011 did do substantial damage to Mission Beach but the locals have rallied round and you would never know that the cylone had hit now. It does mean there are some bargains to be had as the local tourist board tries to woo back visitors.
You can do a day trip from Cairns too if you like - it's about a 2 hour drive south if you do, or stay a few days and relax.
Things to See and Do around Mission Beach Australia
This is a very sleepy village and an awesome place to do very little. Just walking through the rainforest trails, driving to the look outs or simply walking on the beach may well be plenty. You can also get a ferry over to Dunk Island. Sadly the cyclone closed the resort on Dunk Island so not a trip that is doable at the moment. But if you want more things to do, then here are some ideas:
The area very much focuses on water activities. You can do something more sedate like a spot of Kayaking or something more adventurous like white water rafting on the infamous Tully River (grade 4 rapids)
There is also horse riding on Kurrimine Beach which is 30 minutes north of Mission Beach.
To experience the rainforest, try Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk - a set of walkways that take you right through the rainforest at differing levels.
Or you can try an aboriginal guided tour into the rainforest through Echo Adventures/Cultural Camp.
Another option is to go to Innisfal where you will find Johnstone Crocodile Park - you get to see these creatures up close and personal at feeding time. You'll also find other native animals here too like Cassowaries and Kangaroos.
Where To Stay on Mission Beach
Elandra Resort - think resort with lovely pool and facilities in secluded location. Lovely! No kids allowed
Eco Village Resort - beautiful location, great restaurant and overall ambience
Castaways Resort - right on the beach, rooms a little on the small side but overall a good pick.
For those on a budget, consider Beachcomber Coconut Caravan Village, South Mission Beach. It has an array of accommodation options to choose from and often wins prizes due to its location and service.
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