The area where you will find Mission Beach today was first explored by Edmund Kennedy who landed there in 1848. The region, however, takes its name from the Aboriginal Mission established there in the early 1900’s and is made up of half a dozen communities stretching along the coast. Bingil Bay, Clump Point, Garner’s Beach, South Mission and Wongaling comprise this unique area which lies just two hours south of Cairns. The original Aboriginal settlement was destroyed by a cyclone and its accompanying tidal waves and floods in 1918 but thanks to its potential for tourism it quickly recovered.
Today, the region’s principal industry is tourism and as a result, facilities in the area are second to none. So, while the area maintains its sleepy small town persona, it offers a selection of restaurants, shops, accommodation, banks and medical facilities.
Moreover, however, the variety of attractions on offer in the region provide its major draw. From day cruises to Dunk Island and the Great Barrier Reef to bush walks through the many World Heritage Wet Tropics which are scattered throughout the Mission Beach region you really are spoilt for choice when you visit the area. It might not have the hectic lifestyle of Cairns or similar towns but there are plenty other areas that do. Instead, Mission Beach offers peace and quiet which can become very welcome after a while.