About Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a natural midway point between Townsville and Cairns. It is an unspoilt tropical paradise of World Heritage rainforest fronting 14 kilometres of golden, sandy beach. The relaxed nature of Mission Beach makes it a great place for all sorts of travellers to visit. Whether you are a family seeking calm, safe waters for your kids to swim in or a backpacker on your way up or down the coast, Mission Beach has something for you.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres from Mission Beach, thus making it the closest mainland access point to the Great Barrier Reef at just over an hour away. The benefit to reef-goers is more time in the water doing what you go to the reef for - snorkelling and scuba diving.

Family Islands

Offshore from Mission Beach are the beautiful Family Group of islands including the famous Dunk and Bedarra islands and just south is the largest National Park island in Australia, Hinchinbrook Island where you can spend a day in peaceful, serene crowd free environments or hike the wilderness trails.

Mission Beach Weather

Mission Beach enjoys an enviable climate. Average daily temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees celsius and we rarely suffer from the water restrictions so often in force further south owing to our natural rainfall characteristics.

What to do in Mission Beach

Mission Beach offers as much to the adrenaline junkie and extreme sports enthusiast as to the holiday-maker after some peace and quiet. Some activities you may or may not decide to participate in are Skydiving, White water rafting, Sea kayaking, Snorkelling, Fishing, Hiking, Farm Tours, Croc spotting, Sailing, Picnic Spots, Food & Shopping.



Mission Beach is a haven for rest, relaxation and wellness.  Pamper yourself in a beachfront day spa or one of our many professional beauty salons.  A 'feel good' destination where you can take a yoga class, join the local choir or ukulele group, have a massage or participate in a variety of art, food preparation and wellness sessions.


Imagine your senses being massaged by cool breezes and tropical aromas at a seaside village set amongst lush world heritage rainforest and patchwork green plantations. Taste the local produce, fresh seafood and tropical beef of this magical region at one of the quaint cafes, restaurants, bars and eateries speckled around town. You can dine at stylish cocktail lounges or enjoy takeaway fish and chips on the beach or even treat yourself to a fine dining experience at one of our glorious beachfront venues.


Experience the local culture and visit our artisan markets held on the first and third and last Sunday of each month for most of the year, showcasing local produce, clothing, and arts and crafts. Home to artists and galleries exhibiting local and Australian works, Mission Beach also features an arousing collection of tropical, eclectic boutiques and shops where you can buy the perfect holiday gifts for yourself or family and friends.


Let yourself be charmed by the our small rural communities filled with friendly locals as you are welcomed into the relaxed lifestyle. Retreat to your humble abode or to luxurious comfort – Mission Beach offers a range of accommodation options. Mission Beach also has a range of affordable accommodation – beachfront homes just 20 metres from the beach suitable for families and large groups – and beachfront resorts through to secluded B & B’s. Pitch a tent on one of the islands or opt for a family cabin at one of the caravan parks at Mission Beach. Backpackers can stay and play, with a choice of accommodation providers. You can also hire out a beach shack, executive apartment or stylishly appointed house.


Mission Beach is home to some of the most stunning islands, beaches and jungles on the planet, you’re invited to absorb the exuberance of a real world heritage landscape with us. 


Mission Beach is a fantastic spot for fishing, and there are lots of places you can go to fish without a boat.

  • Clump Point Jetty
  • Clump Point boat ramp and rock wall
  • Mouth of Porters Creek
  • Pontoon at Hull River boat ramp
  • Rocky Point south of boat ramp at South Mission Beach
  • Tam O'Shanter Point
  • Rocks along Alexander Drive, Bingil Bay and old boat ramp
  • Along the beach

Bait and Fishing gear can be bought and hired from the Tinnie Shack, Caltex Woolworths and Tuskers Cafe.


Your perfect wedding destination is waiting for you in Mission Beach. Whether you’re an adventurer or a princess, a romantic, a culture buff or a beach bum, Mission Beach has just the place to suit your style. We have destination wedding specialists including absolute beachfront, who will help you plan your perfect wedding and if you like, couple it with the honeymoon of a lifetime.


First and foremost, a good host town will be one that people will want to attend a conference, meeting, or workshop in. Mission Beach has a range of venues including absolute beachfront. With its distinctive, eclectic flavour and irreplaceable topography, Mission Beach is the perfect host town for your upcoming function.


National Parks

Surrounded by hectares of National Parks and the Family Island Group featuring Dunk Island just off the coast, Mission Beach is an ideal location for camping. This form of accommodation is a fantastic way to truly experience Mission Beach’s natural surroundings.


Mission Beach Markets

Local markets are held at several locations in Mission Beach, throughout the year. There are Beach Markets and the Monster Markets. The Mission Beach Markets are held on the beachfront under the shade of the tropical canopy. The Monster Markets are held at MARCS Park, a great location on a grassed sports field with a large uncover area and on the same site as Mission Arts. Locals and visitors from all over the world enjoy the tropical beachfront location and atmosphere of these very popular markets.


Mission Beach History & Culture 

Mission Beach has a rich history and culture. Aboriginal, geological and agricultural history of the area can be found here.

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How to get to Mission Beach

Getting to Mission Beach is easy and there are an abundance of choices for the traveller.
  • BY ROAD - If you are heading from the south, turn right off the Bruce Highway just north of Tully and it is approximately 26km to Mission Beach. If you are heading from the north then turn left off the Bruce Highway in El Arish and it is approximately 16km to Mission Beach. To see a map of our location click here.
  • BY BUS - The Greyhound and Premier bus services make regular stops in Mission Beach. The buses arrive at the Bus Terminal at the Cassowary Shopping Village at Wongaling Beach by the Big Cassowary. 
  • BY TRAIN - QRail passenger train services stop at the Tully Railway station. Your accommodation venue will be happy to organise transport to meet you or you can catch a taxi from the station.
  • BY PLANE - Qantas Flights to Cairns, JetStar or Virgin Australia fly direct into Cairns, or Townsville.

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