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Mission Beach

Get adventurous with whitewater rafting and more

There's plenty of adventure to be had in Mission Beach. Try skydiving and landing on the beach. Experience the pumping Tully River, 45 minutes from Mission Beach, on a whitewater rafting tour with Raging Thunder Adventures. Mission Beach is home to some excellent reef and estuary fishing, rainforest hikes and even crocodile spotting. Try a fishing or spearfishing charter, or fish close to shore, where there's a shallow reef running from Porters Creek at the south end of North Mission Beach, almost to Clump Point, at the north end of the beach. The inside tip? Locals love fishing at Clump Point jetty and the rock wall at Clump Point boat ramp. 

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

Mission Beach is one of the closest mainland access points to the Great Barrier Reef, which is about an hour away by boat. A number of boats depart Mission Beach for the reef daily for snorkelling, sightseeing and diving. Mission Beach is the main gateway to Dunk Island, which is secluded and only four kilometres (2.5 miles) offshore, perfect for a day trip or to camp for a few blissful nights. Water taxis and ferries shuttle guests and day visitors to the island. Bedarra Island has luxury accommodation for just 14 guests and is only seven kilometres (4.3 miles) away. Nearby Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Australia's largest island national park, is one of the world's most diverse and beautiful wilderness areas.

Look out for cassowaries and other important birds

Mission Beach is home to many wildlife species, most notably the endangered cassowary. This large flightless bird can be found in the rainforest surrounding the area and is fascinating to watch. Much of the area is part of the Coastal Wet Tropics Important Bird Area, named by BirdLife International because of its importance in the conservation of tropical rainforest birds. You can even stay among the birds at the Lost Paradise retreat, a haven for serious twitchers (birdwatchers).

Dining and exploring in Mission Beach

Mission Beach has a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and boutiques, mostly along the main street of Porter Promenade. The family-run Bingil Bay Café is a great spot to start the day with breakfast. Shanti Café offers biodynamic and locally sourced produce. The Garage Bar and Grill at the Village Green in North Mission offers casual dining. Queensland is a tropical fruit paradise, and some of Australia’s earliest plantings of tea, coffee and tropical fruits were established in the late 1900s in Bingil Bay. You can join a tropical fruit tour, or try Murdering Point Winery, one of Australia’s best tropical fruit wine producers, at nearby Kurrimine Beach.

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