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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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.

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.

Dinner Falls

Upper Barron,
Dinner Falls is a circuit located on a section of the upper Barron River. The circuit contains sections of plunge, segmented and cascading falls, with a picnic area for visitors. The path to Dinner Falls adjoins the walk to the crater at Mount Hypipamee National Park.

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.

Djiru National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Djiru National Park, near Mission Beach, protects some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the Wet Tropics, including a rare patch of Licuala fan palm forest. It is also one of the few places you're likely to see the endangered southern cassowary.

Little Millstream Falls

Ravenshoe,
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls. Here, in the rainshadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry, open woodland vegetation is dominated by eucalypts.

Millstream Falls National Park

Ravenshoe,
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls. Here, in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range, the dry, open woodland vegetation is dominated by eucalypts.

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.

Tchupala Falls

Wooroonooran, Cassowary Coast Area
Tchupala Falls is part of a network of waterfalls in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park, sharing the trailhead off the Palmerston Highway with Wallicher Falls. Cascading over two major falls, Tchupala Falls can be viewed just a short stroll from the trailhead at the lookout above.

Ellinjaa Falls

Millaa Millaa,
Free Entry
Ellinjaa Falls are picturesque falls that are part of the Waterfalls Circuit along with Millaa Millaa and Zillie Falls. Enjoy the sound of the water rushing over a series of lava columns as you have a picnic lunch.
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