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Aerial view of Mission Beach and Dunk Island in the background
A brief history of Mission Beach
The first European people to explore the Mission Beach area were Edmund Kennedy and his party, they landed just south of Mission Beach in 1848. This was where they started their ill fated journey up to Cape York, Kennedy was speared to death by Aborigines later on this journey. They were followed by settlers who established crops such as coconuts, coffee, mangoes, bananas and a timber mill. In 1914 the Queensland government set up an Aboriginal mission at South Mission Beach to house the remainder of the local indigenous population. A powerful cyclone hammered the area in 1918 in which this mission was destroyed but its name remains till today and this is where the area nowadays owes its name to. In the 1980s the area started changing from a sleepy beachside settlement to a popular holiday destination.
Hibiscus Lodge Bed and Breakfast, - Hibiscus Lodge is a colonial Queenslander set on 2.5 acres of tropical gardens surrounded by rainforest with the beautiful Mission Beach just a five minute walk away.
Tropical Escape Bed & Breakfast - Luxury B&B on 1.5 acres of rainforest and tropical garden. Walk 8 mins to pristine beach via shady beach access track. Pool, BBQ, 2 lounge areas with pool table & bar. Walk to shopping village, pub and restaurants. Not suitable for children
Hideaway Holiday Village - Porters Prom
Beachcomber Coconut Village - Kennedy Esp South Mission Beach
Dunk Island View Caravan Park - 175 Reid Rd
You can get to Mission Beach by bus, Adventure Tours Australia includes Mission Beach on its stops between Cairns and Sydney on the 14 day bus pass.
Unless you live in north Queensland you will have
to fly to the nearest international airport Cairns first, or to
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If you are still in your home country then you will need to get an international flight to Cairns, but be aware that although Cairns is an international airport, not too many airlines go straight in to Cairns, you will usually have to fly via Brisbane or Sydney.
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Getting around the Mission Beach area is easy, the Mission Beach Bus Service does a regular run around the area and there are bicylces for hire. You can reach Mission Beach from Cairns with Coral Reef Coaches, and other companies like Greyhound stop here on their route along the east coast.
There is a wide choice of car rental companies where you can book your car or campervan online to be assured of a car on your arrival in Mission Beach or at Cairns airport, and most offer one way rentals between major cities. Nothing beats the freedom of having your own car to explore and stop when and where you want.
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When you drive to Mission Beach in your rental car make sure you keep your speed down, cassowaries sometimes cross the road and a collision with a big bird like this would hurt both the bird and your wallet!
The resort on Bedarra Island was damaged in cyclone Yasi and currently undergoing repairs.
Dunk Island is only just off the coast of Mission Beach. You can go to Dunk Island on a day trip and hang out at the resort or do the walking track around the island, or make it an overnight stay,
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The Visitors Information Centre has a Walking Track Guide showing you some great walking tracks around the Mission Beach rainforest, varying in length from half an hour to several hours. They include Bicton Hill Lookout, Edmund Kennedy Walking Track, Lacey's Creek and Licuala Walking Track, this is the one to do if you like the majestic fampalms. If you want to learn more about this ancient ecosystem you can also join a guided tour.
Mission Beach Adventure Tours offer a walking trek led by members of the Girramay tribe, who provide bush tucker, boomerang and spear-throwing demonstrations, as well as a barbecue lunch, tel: (07) 4068 7877. They also offer horseriding through the rainforest to a swimming hole.
Mission Beach Rainforest Treks are another organisation who provide guided walks and camping treks, tel: (07) 4068 7122.
If you enjoyed staying in the rainforest here and would like to repeat the experience then book some accommodation in Cape Tribulation before heading further north.