Mission Beach

Travel Guide
Mission Beach showing a sandy beach and mountain biking as well as a small group of people

Flanked by two World Heritage areas, this beachfront town overlooks an extensive sweep of golden sand, untouched except by the gentle tides of the Coral Sea.

The laid-back townships that are dotted along Mission Beach provide an idyllic access point to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Explore miles of sandy beach fringed by swaying palms and evergreen forest or relax into the local lifestyle of the peaceful seaside villages, which are spread out along the thin strip hemmed in by the hills and the ocean.

Stroll along Mission Beach’s 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of soft sands and take in views of exposed reef at low tide and the distant Family Islands. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive around the beach and its offshore coral reefs or go kayaking along the shoreline. Catch a ferry or join a charter cruise to Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook islands, which are dotted with resorts, wilderness retreats and scenic picnic spots. Further out into the cobalt-coloured waters, you can reach the mesmerising and vivid seascape of the Great Barrier Reef.

Inland of Mission Beach, explore the pristine rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Hike through the ancient tropical greenery and try to spot a cassowary darting along the forest floor. The treetops are alive with diverse bird species and you can listen for the call of the riflebird, shrike-thrush, fruit dove and stone curlew. Those who seek more extreme adventures can skydive onto nearby beaches or go on a white-water rafting trip at Tully Gorge.

Visit the different Mission Beach villages to enjoy each town’s charms. Bingil Bay and South Mission Beach have stunning views across the Family Islands, while Wongaling Beach and Mission Beach Village are known for having an exciting culinary scene and oceanfront bars. Local roads and the golden sands of Mission Beach connect the villages. The area is bordered to the north by Garners Beach and to the south by Hull Heads.

Reach Mission Beach in under 2-hours’ drive from Cairns and under 3-hours’ drive from Townsville. Both of these cities have major airports. Swim in safe and enclosed swimming areas patrolled by lifeguards nearby the beach’s main access points, especially during the stinger season between November and May. The Atherton Tablelands and diverse national parks are just a daytrip away.

Nautilus Apartments
Nautilus Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1 Nautilus Street, Mission Beach, QLD
The price is AU$220 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Mission Beach hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"Stunning apartment. Dena has thought of everything you need. Nice to stay in an oasis like this after hours of sitting in the car. Very clean, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Close to town centre"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2021

Nautilus Apartments
Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
4 out of 5
2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, QLD
The price is AU$232 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Mission Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. Mission Beach Community Arts Centre and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (633 reviews)
"Location great"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2021

Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Eco Village Mission Beach
Eco Village Mission Beach
4 out of 5
Clump Point Road, Mission Beach, QLD
Nestled on the beach, this Mission Beach lodge is just steps away from Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. Bingil Bay Beach and Mission Beach Community ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (269 reviews)
"Lovely atmosphere"

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Eco Village Mission Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tropical Beachside Villa
Tropical Beachside Villa
17 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, QLD
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. Mission Beach Community Arts Centre and Djiru ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Amazing unique place with stunning hosts that went above and beyond for us. I'd definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2021

Tropical Beachside Villa
Iona - Mission Beach - Stroll to cafes, shops and beach
Iona - Mission Beach - Stroll to cafes, shops and beach
4 Endeavour Ave, Mission Beach, QLD
Situated in Mission Beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. Mission Beach Community Arts ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great little get away.. Could do with a little pool for stinger session.
"Great location."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Iona - Mission Beach - Stroll to cafes, shops and beach
2 Bedroom Unit Close to shops and Beach
2 Bedroom Unit Close to shops and Beach
18 Porter Promenade, 3, Mission Beach, QLD
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clump Mountain National Park and Mission Beach. Mission Beach Community Arts Centre and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Beautiful beachy styled unit with everything needed for a relaxing stay.
"Great little place to stay for couples/ friends with fantastic amenities within a short walking distance from the mission beach main strip."

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

2 Bedroom Unit Close to shops and Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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