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.

Rainforest Motel
Rainforest Motel
2.5 out of 5
9 Endeavour Ave, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852
Fully refundable
The price is AU$121 per night from 3 Sep. to 4 Sep.
Stay at this motel in Mission Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (69 reviews)
Comfortable Two night stay
"Our room was clean, beds comfortable and we found the communal kitchen useful for breakfast. Location was perfect."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2022

Rainforest Motel
Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
4 out of 5
2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Mission Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (656 reviews)
"We spent 2 great days at Castaways. Lovely staff, excellent restaurant and a beautiful beach view."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Castaways Resort & Spa Rainforest
Castaways Resort & Spa Rainforest
3.5 out of 5
7 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Mission Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (40 reviews)
Great stay
"The main building is excellent, staff are very friendly and helpful, restaurant is great and the pool is clean and relaxing. However we stayed in a room over the road in the rainforest section, which is cheaper - the main problem was we were on the ground floor so got a lot of bugs in our room"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Castaways Resort & Spa Rainforest
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.
Apartments at Mission Beach
Apartments at Mission Beach
4 out of 5
21 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852
The price is AU$203 per night from 5 Sep. to 6 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Mission Beach. Enjoy a garden, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Mission Beach and Mission Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
"The property was very convenient to all we wanted to do in Mission Beach. It was well kept and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The lack of wi-fi which we understood was available caused problems for my friend as she did not have any coverage on her phone. Not good enough in this ..."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Apartments at Mission Beach
Lillypads - Mission Beach - Tropical paradise
Lillypads - Mission Beach - Tropical paradise
Mission Beach, QLD
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Mission Beach. Enjoy a hot tub, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Mission Beach and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Long Weekend
"Great - nice place to stay will come back again"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

Lillypads - Mission Beach - Tropical paradise
Tropical Beachside Villa
Tropical Beachside Villa
Mission Beach, QLD
Stay at this holiday home in Mission Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, an outdoor pool and WiFi. Popular attractions Mission Beach and Mission Beach Community Arts ...
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
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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