Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast

Sitting pretty on the tropical Coast between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach is all secluded beaches, soft adventure and juicy, juicy mangoes.

The Cassowary Coast

This is the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef on the mainland and the stretch is nestled between lush rainforest and sandy beachside. At the heart of the Cassowary Coast is Mission Beach which encompasses four separate towns and 14km of palm-fringed beach.

Things to do

Dive the Beaver Cay Marine Sanctuary, kayak to nearby Dunk Island and set up camp overnight or fly along the wet sand of Mission Beach in a blo-kart. Or, do barefoot luxury right in one of seven exclusive villas on Bedarra Island or at a beachfront resort or holiday house.

If you’re up for the challenge of big game fishing for marlin, tuna and barracuda, head to Clump Point jetty and board a fishing charter. And if you’re looking for adrenalin, throw yourself from a plane skydiving or down white-water rapids on the Tully River.

Looking to get back to nature? Hike or mountain bike the Misty Mountains trails once used by the traditional owners, the Jirrbal and Mamu people. Keep watch for the elusive southern cassowary.

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Paronella Park

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$47 - 47
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$22 - 26
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

Behana Gorge

Aloomba, Cairns Area
Behana Gorge lies just a 30 minute drive south of Cairns. Part of the Cairns Regional Council catchment, Behana Gorge supplies Cairns with fresh water from the rainforest. With pristine swimming holes, breathtaking views and stunning waterfalls that flow into a deep granite gorge, Behana is a spectacular sight all year round.

Innisfail

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Innisfail is a prosperous, colourful town, situated on the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and is surrounded by rich green landscape. Lush sugar plantations flow from the dense rainforest coastline to the thick jungles of the Palmerston National Park to the west.

Mt. Bartle Frere

Cairns Area
At a maximum elevation of 1622 metres, Mt. Bartle Frere is Queensland’s highest mountain. Part of Wooroonooran National Park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the range is covered with dense tropical rainforest, unique vegetation and wildlife, and on a clear day the summit offers views stretching from the Atherton Tablelands to the coast.

Zillie Falls

Millaa Millaa,
Free Entry
Zillie Falls are spectacular falls located on the Waterfalls Circuit with Millaa Millaa and Ellinjaa Falls. There is a lovely viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can enjoy a view of the cascading water and rapids.

Souita Falls

Millaa Millaa,
Free Entry
Souita Falls are near to Millaa Millaa on Middlebrook Road off the Old Palmerston Highway which once was the road connecting Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe - the highest town in Queensland, now a scenic route (not suitable for caravans) between the two towns.

Etty Bay

Etty Bay, Cassowary Coast Area
Located 15km from the township of Innisfail, Etty Bay is a popular locals beach, just big enough for the beach, a road, the Surf Life Saving Club and a small caravan park. The soft white-sand beach is backed by a narrow, tree-shaded reserve, then steep, forested slopes rising up to 250 m behind the beach.

Mt Hypipamee

Upper Barron,
Free Entry
The Hypipamee crater is referred to as a volcanic pipe. The pipe was opened upward through surface rocks by gas produced from molten rock below and as a result of tremendous pressure, the vent exploded sending volcanic bombs far across the landscape.

Innisfail Riverfront

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
The township of Innisfail is nestled at the junction of the Johnstone and South Johnstone rivers just one block from the Central Business District. On the foreshore there is a shade cloth covered children's playground, several barbecues and picnic shelters.
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