Mission Beach
14km of uninterrupted sandy beach, complemented by the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s Djiru National Park, Mission Beach is a relaxing and picturesque destination midway between Townsville and Cairns. This small coastal community is perfect for all travellers, whether you are a family looking for a tranquil and fun holiday destination or you are a backpacker making your way along the Queensland coast, Mission beach will not disappoint.
Mission Beach
Clump Point
Constituted in 1884, Mission Beach was originally part of the Cardwell Division local government area. This are went south as far as the Hinchinbrook Channel to the north, at Double Point near Mourilyan Harbour. In 1937 the boundaries were set for the Mission Beach known today. The history of this area is a long and interesting one.
The Djiru people are the traditional owners of Clump Point (Bingil Bay) and greater Mission Beach area. Their entire  culture reflects their coastal rainforest environment and lifestyle.
Mission Beach History
Mission Beach Aboriginal History
The Kennedy Expedition was the first European exploration of northern Queensland between Cape York Peninsula and Rockingham Bay in 1848. The members of the expedition have all been commemorated in South Mission Beach.
Kennedy Expedition
Kennedy Expedition
Zara and Harold Holt had bought land at Garner’s Beach while Harold was the Treasurer and continued to holiday in their beachside home after he became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in January 1966.
The Holts
The Holts
The Cutten family were the first non-aboriginal people to live at Clump Point from 1884 until their entire life’s work was destroyed by one cyclone in 1918.
The Cuttens
The Cuttens

What to do…

Whether you want to kayak down the Babinda Creek, sail the Great Barrier Reef, skydive on to the beach, hire a bike and follow the bike path along the beautiful beaches, do one of the nature walks, visit the local waterfalls, or visit Dunk Island, one of the countries most beautiful National Parks islands, the amazing choice of attractions at Mission Beach can cater for your entire stay.

There are also a variety of tours on offer when visiting Mission Beach. Anything from eco and extreme tours, to cultural tours, to fishing or Great Barrier Reef expeditions, as well as a very cool nighttime tour of Paronella Park, voted number 1 must do in the RACQ 150 Must Dos. Pictured above is Wallaman Falls, one of the tours takes you around to some of the best waterfalls in northern Queensland including Wallaman.

Wallaman Falls
Wallaman Falls

Events are constantly on in the Mission Beach area. With the ever-changing itinerary it is best to look up the events page on the Mission Beach Tourism website for something that is on during the time you plan to go.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Paronella Park. Just a short drive from Mission Beach, and easy enough to do during a day trip is Paronella Park. Paronella Park was built by José Paronella, a sugar cane cutter originally from Catalonia, Spain. He saw the 13 acres of paradise along Mena Creek in 1914 and eventually bought it in 1929. The park was built as an attraction.

CONTACT:
information

1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek, Queensland 4871

General Enquiries
Email: info@paronellapark.com
Phone: (07) 4065 0000

Weddings and Events
Email Bridget Evans: bridget@paronellapark.com.au
Phone: 0437 29 0249

Media, Sales, and Marketing
Email Luke Evans: luke@paronellapark.com.au
Phone: 0405 365 45

http://www.paronellapark.com.au/

PRICES:
Adults - $42
Pensioners - $37
Children (5-15 years) - $21

Where to stay…

Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beachinformation

2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, Queensland 4852

Reservations
Email: reservations@castaways.com.au
FREECALL: 1800 079 002

Bibesia Beachfront Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Email: restaurant@castaways.com.au
Phone: (07) 4068 7444

Drift Day Spa
Email: drift@castaways.com.au
Phone: (07) 4088 6807

http://www.castaways.com.au/
 
Prices start from $140 per night for a hotel room.
 

Taihoa Holiday Unitsinformation

24 Kennedy Esplanade, South Mission Beach, QLD 4852

Phone: (07) 4068 9446
Mobile: 0407 187114
Email: info@taihoa.com.au

http://www.taihoa.com.au/

Prices start from $160 per night for a one bedroom unit.

Where to eat…

The most extensive array of tropical and ultra-tropical food plants in the world have been collected for decades by enthusiasts from Mission Beach. Those interested in the exotic fruit on offer from Mission Beach can take the Tropical Fruit Safari on Mondays and Tuesdays, 1-2pm, $4/person. There is also the Feast of the Senses Festival which is 10 days of smelling, touching, and tasting the best tropical fruit (and other foods) in the world, held in March every year.

Murdering Point Winery

Open: 930 – 1700 every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)

161 Murdering Point Road, Silkwood, QLD 4857

Phone: (07) 4065 2327
Email: info@murderingpointwinery.com.au

http://www.murderingpointwinery.com.au

The Australian Chocolate Centre

The Australian Chocolate Centre is opening late 2014.

Mission Beach, QLD

http://charleys.com.au/

Mena Creek Hotel

Open: 1200-2000 every day

1 Mena Creek Road, Mena Creek, QLD 4871

Phone: (07) 4605 3201
Email: info@menacreekhotel.com.au

http://www.menacreekhotel.com.au/

Millers Beach Bar and Grill

Open: Tuesday to Friday from 1500
Saturday and Sunday from 1200

1 Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach QLD 4852

Phone: (07) 4068 8177
Mobile: 0408 384 732
Email: millersbeachbar@bigpond.com

http://www.millersbeachbar.com.au

Know before you go…

Average temperatures in the tropics in general rarely drop below 25 degrees celsius. Cyclones are prevalent in the north during cyclone season. There is also the potential for flash flooding, as there is everywhere in Australia, as well as bush fires. Make sure that you are ready to take on any challenge and adapt plans if you meet bad weather. Local wildlife can also be dangerous so please be aware of  things such as crocodiles, cassowaries, poisonous animals such as jellyfish and snakes, and stinging plants. Be especially careful when swimming in estuarine environments, bushwalking, and driving.
Be Casso-Wary

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