Mission Beach History

The district now known as Mission Beach is located on the coast north of Cardwell and was originally part of the Cardwell Division local government area constituted in 1884. This division included the area from the Hinchinbrook Channel in the south to Double Point near Mourilyan Harbour in the north. Later the boundaries were changed and the northern section of "Mission Beach" became part of the Johnstone Shire in February 1937.

Mission Beach History

 
The historic Cutten Walking Track, runs along the shoreline from Clump Point Jetty to Eco-Village turn-off, and continues to Mission Beach. The Track’s name honours the earliest pioneers of the Mission Beach area and is a key visitor and recreation location.
 
The interpretative signage along the Track highlights the area’s history and its substantial environmental values and geology, for those wishing an up-close and leisurely stroll through one of the rarest geological, and flora and fauna areas of the world.
 
The 1.6 km Cutten Walking Track was initially constructed by Rotary as a Bi-Centennial project in 1988, and present members have worked with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in the development and installation of the signs.
 
Seven signs positioned along the relaxed walk tell the impressive story of the Cutten family and their progress from 1884; the traditional owners, the Djiru; the offshore Barnard Islands; the beauty of Clump Mountain and its own walking track; Rotary’s involvement since 1988; the plants; the birds, the bay’s aquatic dwellers; the volcanic activity resulting in the rare basalt rock formations; the rare plants that resulted; and the Johnstone Camp.
 
Local historian, Peter Kellett’s account of the Walk’s importance as an early pathway for travellers and produce, confirms the importance of the area in its development and recreational uses. Explanation of the area’s uniqueness adds much to the appreciation of the natural beauty that is inter-mingled between the rainforest, mangrove and grasslands of Clump Point.
 

Links to further information

 
Cutten Brothers History
 
Aboriginal History
 
Geological History
 
Rainforest & Flora
 
Animals, Birds & Fauna
 
Sugar Farming