Historic Tales & Trails in the Mission Beach Region

Bingil Bay

  • Ninney Rise/John Buust Plaque
    Learn how John Buust and others worked in the 1960’s & 70’s to save the Great Barrier Reef, using the magnificent house called ‘Ninney Rise’ as a base. A great Australian Story!
  • Cutten Graves/Mangoe Trees/Bicton Hill
    The Cutten Family, using the Bingil Bay area, grew a wide variety of commercial crops including tea and coffee, mangoes and citrus. Discover their pioneering connections and how they sent their products to southern markets in the 1890’s – 1900’s.
  • Basalt Flow and Vegetation
    See the remnants of former volcanic activity and the intrusion of rich rainforest vegetation in such a unique geographical and ecological environment.
  • Perry Harvey Jetty
    Study the history of the first tourist commercial reef trips from the original Clump Point Jetty, and Perry Harvey and family’s influence on tourism since.

Mission Beach

  • Clump Point/Aboriginal Heritage/Cutten Walking Track
    Walk in the steps of the pioneering families of Mission Beach and discover the rich Aboriginal Heritage linked to this area.
  • Original School Site/Old Road Bridge/Norm Byrnes Aboretum/C4
    Research the conservation story, and the importance of the Cassowary and other natural wildlife to this beautiful area, as well as the story of the preservers of flora and fauna. Visit the bridge remains and imagine the early settlers transportation needs!

Wongaling Beach

  • Rotary Park – Yasi Circle/Mr. Reid’s Grave
    Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was a powerful catergory 5 storm in 2011. The performance pavilion and Yasi Circle were built with Government assisted funds. The old Clump Point Jetty pylons were used in the pavilion’s construction.Mr. Reid’s Grave – Wonder at the dedication to a past resident by his former Sydney workmates and his own personal journey!
  • Dunk Island
    Learn about historic Dunk Island & other surrounding islands, and the extraordinary life of the “Beachcomber” – Edmund Banfield. Be remined of the valuable part this area played in the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 in WWII.

South Mission Beach

  • Aborginal Settlement Site/’Mission’/1918 Cyclone
    Visit the commemorative site of the Queensland Government Aboriginal Settlement, destroyed in the 1918 cylcone and learn of the tragic aftermath.
  • Aboriginal Memorial Midja/Kennedy Cairn
    View the memorial dedicated to the experiences of the Aboriginal people taken to the settlement. Nearby is the memorial dedicated to the fateful 1848 Kennedy expedition.
  • The Kennedy Track
    The Edmund Kennedy Memorial Walking Track was built by the community to commemorate the 1848 expedition, and to protect the delicate environment.

Cyclone Yasi

In early February, 2011, Cyclone Yasi crossed the Cassowary Coast of Far North Queensland.

Mission Beach and surrounding regions, suffered both structural and much vegetation damage, but after dusting ourselves off, we went immediately into recovery mode. We have made great steps forward and appreciate the number of visitors that are continuing to choose Mission Beach as their preferred holiday destination.

It’s true you may notice the affects of the cyclone in some areas of town but all the qualities most tourists associate with Mission Beach are still beautiful and inviting. It is almost impossible to be disappointed if you are a return visitor, the beaches are still spectacular, the restaurants, cafes, resorts and accommodation houses are as vibrant as ever and all the activities loved by visitors are still available!

We in Mission Beach enthusiastically look forward to welcoming new and return visitors to the wonders of our region.

Contact Details:
Historic Tales & Trails in the Mission Beach Region
Mission Beach QLD