Mission Beach is one of
the most popular backpacker destinations in
A bit like Byron Bay in New South Wales, it's colourful and
laid-back, and it's all about relaxing and having fun. Once you have
got enough of relaxing, you can catch a ferry to the Great Barrier Reef
or Dunk Island.
Mission Beach rainforests are known as the best place in Australia
to see the famous cassowary in the wild. Here is some
information about Mission Beach bars and motels, what there is to do
and in the end of the page is a map of Mission Beach.
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How to Get to Mission Beach Australia
As you travel along the coastal Bruce Highway in north Queensland,
there are two
turnoffs to Mission Beach: the northernmost one is in El Arish, and the
southernmost one is between Tully and Mount Tyson.
Also, Mission Beach
is bigger than just a beach. It consists of a few different beach
communities, the central one is actually called Mission Beach.
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Central Mission Beach
Central Mission Beach is the largest of the beach communities, with a
Tourist Information Centre, a post office, an ATM, and the greatest
range of shops and eateries. The beach is lovely, although the beaches
Queensland are not surf
beaches (because of the Great
Barrier Reef stopping the winds); and during
the summer months (October – April) there are poisonous jellyfish
in the water so you are
restricted to swim inside stinger nets. There are also a few markets in
town, and you can skydive with Jump the Beach, or go kayaking with
Coral Sea Kayaking. Along the coast there is the Ulysses Link Walking
Trail and Cutten Brothers Track, where you can see some rainforest
animals. Places to stay are Hideaway Holiday Village, Botique
Bungalows Bed and Breakfast, Castaways
Village Resort, Mackays
Motel, and Mission
Beach Caravan Park.
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Clump Point Jetty and Dunk Island
Just north of the Central Mission Beach, in the southern end of
Narragon Beach is the Clump Point Jetty – the place to catch a ferry to
Dunk Island. Dunk Island is not a
coral cay where you can go and see a lot of coral
reef animals, but it is an
island with some beautiful blue-water beaches and an excellent
bushwalking track which takes you around in the lush Dunk Island
Park and to some great lookouts, beaches, a swinging bridge,
a writer’s grave and an Artists’ Colony. At the Clump Point Jetty, you
can also go on a Great
Bingil Bay, Mission Beach Australia
Back in Mission Beach, further north is Bingil Bay – another little
community with a nice beach and some bushwalks in the Clump Mountain
National Park. Here you can go kayaking with Morning Sea
Kayaking, and stay at Bingil Bay Backpackers
Resort, North Bingil Bay Camping, and furthest north, in the Treehouse
– a lovely backpackers place to stay, with the only downside that it is
a little far away from the central activities.
You can also hire a boat
and get around on the water, or rent a bicycle and hit the roads. South
from the beach is the coastal Edmund Kennedy Walking Track, and inland
is the Hull River National Park where you can do some hiking in the
World Heritage rainforest and hopefully see the cassowaries
area is so famous for.
Here's a map of Mission Beach, where I
have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click
on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on
the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move
around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth,
click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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correct in the language used in Australia.
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