Mission Beach

Palm lined beachfront - Photo and text courtesy of Tourism QLD

Taking its name from the Aboriginal mission established early this century, Mission Beach comprises some half dozen communities stretching north from the Tam O'Shanter Point through South Mission, Wongaling, Mission Beach, Clump Point and Bingil Bay. At Tam O'Shanter Point, a cairn commemorates the-ill fated Cape York expedition of explorer, Edmund Kennedy in 1848.

It is still possible to find private, secluded coves with their own pristine beaches for the day. Beach and rainforest walks in World Heritage Wet Tropics, white water rafting, tandem skydiving, horse riding, fishing and sailing are some popular Mission Beach activities. The ever popular annual Mission Beach Aquatic Festival and the monthly Monster Markets, together with a multitude of water orientated activities including visiting the Great Barrier Reef, game fishing and sea kayaking, attract many thousands of visitors to the area annually.

Spectacular walks to Bicton Hill and Cuttens Lookout offer superb views over the 'Island Coast'. From here, banana farming and other agricultural pursuits can be appreciated. Pineapples, paw paws, avocados and mangoes are grown in abundance.

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Lacy Creek - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Murray Falls, Murray National Park - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
4WD touring, Dunk Island in the background - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD

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Clump Point at the northern end of Mission Beach is the departure point for cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and Dunk Island.

Getting There

Bruce Highway
Nearest Airport: Cairns International and Cairns Domestic Airports

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