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.

Plan your holiday

Accommodation
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Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$124 - 459
Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach is your absolute beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways is the perfect destination for couples, families with children and groups of friends.

On the Wallaby Eco Lodge

Yungaburra,
From AU$15 - 65
“A home for those who roam” On the Wallaby Eco Lodge is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Lakes, Waterfalls and Rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands (1hr from Cairns). From the lodge you can stroll down and spot Platypus and enjoy a delicious nightly barbecue dinner.

Tropical Lodge

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$50.00 - 120.00
Set in the Tropical Paradise of North Queensland, Tropical Lodge is a home away from home. Accommodation is fully air-conditioned, each room fitted with a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi and fully furnished.

River Drive Caravan Park

Mighell, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$25.00 - 125
Boutique caravan park nestled between the banks of the South Johnstone River and the Bruce Highway. They are the closest park to Innisfail, just a short 10 minute walk, along a well lit footpath. The camp kitchen is often touted as the best camp kitchen Australia wide with many cooktops, microwaves and a barbecue to cook on, and all the implements you would need to cook up a storm, all while overlooking the river in all its glory.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Malanda, Tablelands Area
From AU$361 - 415
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is 230 acres of pure paradise situated just ten minutes from Lake Eacham in the Cairns Highlands. The houses sit in elevated rainforest surroundings looking out over Wooroonooran National Park.

August Moon Caravan Park

Comoon Loop, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$26 - 130
This peaceful and friendly park is set on 10 acres, three kilometres south of Innisfail - The Gateway to the Tablelands. Spacious powered and unpowered camping sites. Drive through sites available. Relax in their tri-level pool, enjoy the generous camp kitchen or stay in one of their well-appointed cabins.

Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat

Bellenden Ker, Cairns Area
From AU$170.00 - 1200.00
Located only 45 minutes south of Cairns, Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat is the number one destination for romantic escapes in Queensland. They ensure 100 per cent privacy offering couples unique styles of accommodation from a luxury homestead that sleeps nine guests to the private Blue Lagoon Villa with private pool and glass bar.

Babinda Quarters

Babinda, Cairns Area
From AU$79.00 - 120.00
Babinda Quarters is a beautifully renovated old government building in the small tropical town of Babinda, 45 minutes south of Cairns. The building was once the Nurses Quarters attached to the Babinda Hospital but is now privately owned and operated by Margaret Nelson an experienced private guest house owner.

Sanctuary Retreat

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$35 - 165
Sanctuary Retreat is an affordable accredited eco-tourism rainforest sanctuary, Eco-lodge and Yoga Retreat at Mission Beach, North Queensland, half way between Townsville and Cairns. Set on over 50 acres of lush tropical rainforest overlooking the Coral Sea, Sanctuary is as much a refuge for travellers as it is for wildlife.

Kookaburra Lodge Motel

Yungaburra, Tablelands Area
From AU$109 - 139
Set inland from Cairns is a quaint little village in the heart of the Tablelands. Yungaburra with all its history is National Trust registered. It is also home to wonderful Kookaburra Lodge. Nestled in a pocket of open rainforest, Yungaburra is rich in nature's treasures.
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