Mission Beach Holidays Guide

Queensland, Australia

mission beach holiday and accomodation guide

Mission Beach, two hours south of Cairns, is the tropical destination of your dreams; a place where lush green rainforest meets white sandy beaches. Spectacular Dunk Island, which was named Australasia's Leading Family Resort in the 2010 World Travel Awards is only 38km from the coast. Sadly, Dunk Island was badly damaged during Cyclone Yasi in the summer of 2011. But don't let that stop you visiting the area. Mission Beach is a one of those rare places, like Noosa and Palm Beach, which have that quintessential beach village atmosphere. International travellers and Aussies chasing an endless summer mingle in the quaint caf├ęs and restaurants on the edge of the beach.

Mission Beach Highlights

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Mission Beach actually consists of four small villages strung together along a 14km stretch of palm-lined coast. Activities included sea-kayaking, snorkelling, sky-diving, and rainforest walks. Thrill seekers can experience the extreme adventure of riding the rapids on the nearby Tully River.

The experienced Aboriginal guides at Eco Creek will take you on a cultural journey of the awe-inspiring rainforest, along tranquil waterholes and crystal clear creeks. You may even spot one of the rare Cassowaries, an emu-like bird with bright blue neck plumage and a distinctive crest.

The tropical climate in Mission Beach means warm, wet summers from Dec – April, with the rest of the year bringing dry, warm days and cool nights. In May the butterflies known as "Big Blue Ulysses and Giant Green Birdwing" hatch, providing a magnificent spectacle for nature-loving visitors.

Paronella Park, on the main Bryce Highway inland from Mission Beach, was originally created in the 1930s and resembles a Gothic castle built amongst the tropical jungle. Or visit Tully Sugar Mill for an insider's guide to the workings of Australia's largest sugar mill.

Mission Beach Accommodation Search

Mission Beach has a variety of absolute beach-front accommodation, from luxury eco-resorts, to affordable family cabins and lovely caravan parks. The following Mission Beach hotels provide some of the best deals for a holiday in Queensland – please search below for availability and get the very best room rates sourced from over 100 local and online booking agents:

Mission Beach Travel Info
Mission Beach is 2 to 3 hour drive north of Townsville and 2 hours drive south of Cairns. A shuttle service is available from Cairns airport, and car hire is available. Bus and train connections are available from Brisbane and Cairns.