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Mission Beach Queensland

A wonderful blend of the beautiful coral reef and the tropical rainforest. An unforgettable experience.


At a Glance

Mission Beach is a relaxed beach town that features two World Heritage areas, the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. It is also a perfect gateway to visit the nearby reef islands such as the Dunk and Hinchinbrook islands. Mission Beach also have a unique culture with thriving art and food scene. Here is where you can get the best of two worlds, you can engage in many of the water sports available as well as getting close to the rainforest, possibly enjoy a sweeping view of it on a skywalk. In terms of accommodation, you can choose to stay in secluded rainforest cottages or luxurious seaside resorts, or both!

One notable thing to see at Mission Beach is a large flightless bird known as the cassowary which populates the region. The cassowary has became one of the defining characteristic of Mission Beach and as such, a big monument of the cassowary was built near a shopping complex.


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Where is Mission Beach?

 

Mission Beach is 1590 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Mission Beach is located at the eastern shore of Townsville North Queensland facing into the Great Barrier Reef and the Pacific Ocean in the east and flanked by the Djiru National Park to the west. The best way to get to Mission Beach is to get to Cairns by train and rent a car.


 

Things to see in Mission Beach

 

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a still an untrammelled paradise. There are kilometres of palm-fringed beach to walk along with marvellous views of Dunk Island and further south, the crags of Hinchinbrook Island. Grab a boat and dive the reef or explore the rainforest clad hinterland that lies lushly behind Tully. It's a place where you can still camp on the beach and wake up to the waves lapping in the morning. The views of the mission beach were incredible. Take a walk along Mission Beach, Believe me, you'll love it!

Mission Beach

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Paronella Park

Paronella Park Tours: Jose Paronella make his dream to be true, he built his castle always from 5 Hectares beside Mena Creek Falls, includes picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees. Paronella Park is start opened to the public in 1935. The totally 45 minutes guided walk that explains this extraordinary story & takes you through the highlights, as well as the stunning Darkness Falls Tour where the castles and waterfall are flood-lit to allow for amazing photo opportunities.

Paronella Park

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Mamu Tropical Skywalk

The Mamu Tropical Skywalk allows visitors to discover the rainforest from the forest floor to the canopy, in comfort and safety. You can enjoy close-up views of rainforest plants, insects and birds, and take in sweeping vistas of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. Also, The Mamu Tropical Skywalk has a 350m elevated walkway, rising from ground level to 15m high in the canopy of lush tropical rainforest and a 10m cantilever and a 37m high observation tower with two viewing decks, providing spectacular views over the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding rainforest-clad peaks of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

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The Family Islands National Park

The Family Islands National park is near Mission Beach, with a chain of scenic continental islands. Clad in lush rainforest and woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs, tidal flats and sandy beaches. The most accessible of the Family Islands is Dunk Island. And you can explore the remains of a world war II radar station.

The Family Islands National Park

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What's the weather like?

 

Mission Beach experiences a humid tropical climate and is known for being one of the rainiest location in the whole of Australia. Granted, most of the rainfall occurs from December to May. Mission Beach. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 24°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum of 15°C.

 

Get to know Mission Beach's history

 

Settlers first settled the area at around 1882, clearing out the surrounding lands for planting coffee, bananas, tea and other crops. The abundance of red cedar and oak has also kickstarted the timber industry in the area. In the 1900s, some Chinese banana growers came with huge numbers, employing Aboriginal people as labourers. This has led to problems such as opium addiction and territorial conflicts. The government commissioned the ‘Hull River Aboriginal Settlement’ to mitigate these problems and people began to refer the settlement as ‘the mission’ and the nearby beach as ‘Mission Beach’ despite the fact that no mission was conducted at the site.