Things To See in Mission Beach, Australia

Mission Beach is probably best known for the diverse range of activities which it offers its visitors. When you consider that it is basically a collection of islands and beaches it figures that water sports are pretty high on the list of things to do in the region. Scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skiing, sailing and any other water-orientated activity you can think of.

As well as the above, however, the area provides some of the best walking trails in Queensland. Ranging in length from 1.5km to 7km these paths will take you through the tropical rainforest and along the coastline of the region. When walking keep an eye out for the cassowary too. This is a rare flightless rainforest bird and Mission Beach is one of the only places in the country where it remains.

For the slightly more adventurous among you, Mission Beach also presents the opportunity to try your hand at both skydiving and white water rafting. The views presented when landing over the area during your skydive are absolutely breathtaking and something you are not likely to forget in a hurry while the nearby Tully river is the perfect place to practice your rafting skills.

And, as if all this wasn’t enough the town is also the perfect base to explore the other major attractions of the region. Dunk Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Bedarra Island are all easily reached in a day trip from Mission Beach and there are several tour operators in the town who will organise these for you. Shop around before deciding on one, however, as prices vary greatly from on tour company to another.

Attractions in Mission Beach

  • Rainforest Walks

    , Mission Beach, Australia

    Home to several world heritage listed walks including the Kennedy Coastal Walking Track, Lacey Creeek, the Bicton Hill Track and the Lucualia Ramsyii Fan Forest, rainforest walks are one of the most popular activities in the area offering you the opportunity to see some of the most memorable scenery in the region. Head to the Visitor’s Information Centre where they will provide you with a Walking Track Guide.

  • Dunk Island Cruise

    , Mission Beach, Australia

    One of Australia’s best known tropical islands, Dunk Island lies just under five kilometers offshore from Mission Beach and is certainly well worth a visit. Many hostels will have pre-organised tours but if you head to Clump Point Jetty day cruises depart every couple of hours. It is best to get there early, however, so you can make the most out of the journey.

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    , Mission Beach, Australia

    You don’t really need to be told a great deal about this attraction as it speaks for itself. And, because it is only about forty kilometres from Mission Beach, the area is regarded as the best place to begin a cruise of the outer reef from. Several local boats visit the Reef daily also departing from Clump Point Jetty. Most also offer snorkeling and diving facilities.

  • White Water Rafting

    , Mission Beach, Australia

    The Tully River, located in the Mission Beach area, is perfect for water rafting and as a result this adrenaline pumping sport is also extremely popular among visitors to the region. There are a number of companies who operate in the region so once again, ask in your hostel to ensure that you get the best deal. And then all you have to do is board your raft which will take you through the heart of the rainforest.

  • Tandem Skydiving

    , Mission Beach, Australia

    Jump the Beach are the main skydiving company in the area and offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. Slightly pricey at $199, the second you jump out of that plane you will quickly realize that it’s worth every cent. Descending over the area will present you with views you will never forget so if you do want to skydive during your stay in Australia you could certainly do a lot worse than taking the plunge in Mission Beach.

  • Johnstone River Crocodile Farm

    Flying Fish Point Road, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Australia

    Home to over 1500 crocodiles which range in size from 30cm to over five metres, this is a fascinating place to spend a couple of hours. Situated about forty-five minutes, the farm is also home to kangaroos, wallabies and emus. So while it may not appeal to everyone’s tastes it is very popular and if you are going to visit, try to be there at around 11.00am or 3.00pm as it’s feeding time for the ‘croc’s’ and makes for some pretty interesting viewing.

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