Adventure, activities or relaxation in Mission Beach
The tropical town of Mission Beach is situated 1.5 hours south of Cairns and 2.5 hour north of Townsville. With 14km of beautiful sun-kissed beaches, surrounded by World Heritage rainforest and just a 10 minute boat ride from Dunk, Bedarra and the Family Group of Islands; Mission Beach is the perfect location for your holiday and has something to offer everyone.
It’s name originating from the Aboriginal Mission founded at South Mission Beach in the early 1900’s, Mission Beach is spread over 4 beachfront suburbs – Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach.
Castaways Resort and Spa is conveniently located, directly on Mission Beach so that your dreams can turn into reality as you wake up to spectacular views of the sparkling turquoise Coral Sea from your bed. Let your imagination run free as you snorkel with the turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, explore an uninhabited island, wander through the magnificent rainforest or swim in the crystal clear waters beneath a waterfall.
Mission Beach is part of the “Wet Tropics”, with monsoon season providing us with lush green rainforest and thundering waterfalls. The climate in Mission Beach is tropical – warm and humid all year long – with our wet monsoon season traditionally starting in December/January and finishing around April. Experience magnificent thunder and lightening storms and torrential downpours only seen in the tropics, see the birdlife, wildlife and frogs in their natural environment and view the rainforest in its’ natural prime.
Marine Stingers are prevalent in our tropical waters from November through to May; swim safe in the patrolled enclosure located on the beach outside Castaways, enjoy the cool waters of our 2 beach front resort pools or swim in the cool waters of the nearby rainforest creeks. Make the most of our amazing location and take the time to relax; indulge in a treatment at our Drift Day Spa where our therapists will pamper your every need, take a wander through Mission Beach Art Gallery, ride on the beach with Kurrimine Beach Horse Riding or stroll through the romantic grounds of a 19th century castle at Paronella Park.
For those who have come to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mission Beach is one of the closet points to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Scuba Dive and see the wonders of the deep with Calypso Dive or enjoy a relaxing snorkel, sail and BBQ lunch on Big Mama Sailing. Snorkel around the islands with the Water Taxi’s 3 Island, 3 hour tour, sail into the sunset with a glass of champagne and delicious antipasto aboard Big Mama Sailing, kayak around Dunk Island with Coral Sea Kayaking, or reel in a marlin on one of the many fishing charters available.
If you’d like to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane, Mission Beach is the place to do it; awesome views of the Great Barrier Reef and landing right on the beach! If skydiving and salt water aren’t the things for you, join the Extreme Team from Raging Thunder Rafting on the famous Tully River, or mellow out and drift with the current on a self guided kayak tour in Babinda. Enjoy the waterfall circuit on the Atherton Tablelands or follow a food trail for cheese, wine and coffee delights.
For more information about the Mission Beach area, to make a booking or just for some maps and a chat, visit our friendly staff at the Tour Desk; located in the Resort Shop or dial 407 from your room.
REEF & Ocean Adventures:
Big Mama Sailing Adventures – Reef trip, BBQ lunch cruise or Sunset sail
Calypso Dive Reef trips – Snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Water Taxi – Return trip to Dunk island or 3 island tour
Fishing charters – Half or full day options
Boat Hire – No license required!
Sea Kayak Guided tour – around Dunk Island, snorkelling and lunch included
Kayak or stand up paddleboard hire
Other Adventures and guided tours:
White Water Rafting on the famous Tully River
Skydiving – 9,000/11,000/14,000ft – amazing views of the reef, land on the beach!
Ingan Indigenous kayak or walking tours
Babinda self-guided kayak tours
Tropical golf – courses close at El Arish, Tully, Innisfail, Babinda, Millaa Millaa
Horse riding along Kurrimine Beach – 1hr, 1.5hr or 3 hr tours
Tully Sugar Mill Tours
Mourilyn Sugar Museum
Drift Day Spa – indulge and treat yourself
Mission Beach Art Gallery – local art to enjoy or to purchase and take home
Murdering Point Tropical Fruit Winery
Paronella Park – 19th Century Spanish Castle
Atherton Tablelands – waterfall circuit or coffee & food trail
Walks, Waterfalls and Swimming Spots:
Lacey’s Creek – 1.2 km walk, picnic and swimming spot
Alligator’s Nest picnic and swimming spot (no alligators!!!)
Bicton Hill – 4.2km walk, spectacular lookout at the top
Beachfront walking trails
Murray Falls – picnic, camping and swimming spot
Josephine Falls – natural water slide, picnic and awesome swimming spot
The Boulders – picnic and swimming spot
Golden Hole – picnic and swimming spot
Atherton Tablelands Waterfall circuit