About Mission Beach

As far as beach resort towns go along Far North Queensland, Mission beach is the most naturistic. After a long-haul drive between Townsville and Cairns, Mission Beach rests neatly as that wet tropics mid-way stop, with a few surprises. Whether in need of a fresh detox following the Whitsunday or Magnetic island extravaganza’s, or simply wanting to recharge the battery’s – Mission beach is the ideal place to unwind on the white golden sands.

Despite Mission beach being a tiny township, there is a lot on the show with the community almost entirely running on tourism. Set in the world heritage Daintree Rainforest and running along the famous Cassowary Drive, you will become warmly introduced to a rich ecosystem filled with thousands of unique species of birds, snake, and reptile and home to the wild Cassowary. Don’t be fooled by its sleepy nature, there is more than meets the eye.

Best Tours in Mission Beach 

As a place to stay in Mission Beach, Jackaroo treehouse hostel has always provided the goods in treating guests to that true northern hospitality. For those on a dream northern getaway, any resort campsite along the beachfront sets the scene beautifully, with forest on one side and beach on the other.

Mission Beach is famous for extreme water sports and avid travelers come from far and wide to get on a mission beach tour to Grade 4+ rapids of the Tully River. This wet ‘n wild rafting trip is a fun filled day of flipping, turning and screaming and always rated one of the greatest day trips along the East Coast.

If that isn’t enough, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest are literally next door and mission beach boat tours and rainforest tours at the ready should you want to depart from here. Also, for those wanting to get on board the best rated Skydive in all of Australia, Mission Beach is as good a place as any along all of the East Coast.

Travel Itinerary and things to do in Mission Beach 

  • Feel the Thrill of an extreme White water rafting trip
  • Spotting a Cassowary on a Mission Beach Rainforest Tour
  • Meet some of the dangerous wildlife on a Crocodile Encounter from Mission Beach
  • Visit the wild Dunk Island on a mission beach kayak trip
  • Get filmed 15,000 feet in the air doing a skydive over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scuba dive with the locals on the mission beach

Mission Beach Tours Can Be Tailored according to your needs 

Whether Cairns-bound or Airlie Beach-bound, Mission Beach is always worth reserving a couple of days in your itinerary for. Our Travel specialists will be able to offer more advice on where to stay and what to see, with all Greyhound buses passing through every day. If you are self-driving, check in with an agent beforehand to sort your pick-up times for any Mission Beach Tour.

Mission Beach Holiday packages include:


-Mission Beach from Townsville
-Mission Beach from Cairns
-Mission Beach to Rainforest
-Mission Beach to Tully River

Free things to do In Mission Beach 

  • Free Campsites at Mission Beach and Hostels
  • Discover Bingil Bay and Brookes Beach
  • Conquer the National parks of Djiru and the Tam O’ Shanter
  • Visit the Helen Wiltshire Gallery
  • Stroll through the quaint shopping district and play petanque for free!
  • Take Ulysses Track

FAQ’s about Mission Beach


Is Mission Beach Safe to Swim in?

Being in the Wet Tropics, Mission Beach is safe to swim in the winter months (May-October) and only when lifeguards have the flags up and the crocodile nets are up. In the summer wetter months, it is risky with jellyfish stingers widely present across the coastline. At all times, it is recommended to swim with a full length lycra suit.

Is Mission Beach worth visiting?

A stop for a couple of days in Mission Beach really breaks up your trip nicely. It wouldn’t be fair to miss out on the rainforest hiking, extreme sports and adrenalin-filled activities on offer in the area. Not everyone gets the chance to go to Cairns, so Mission Beach becomes a popular tourist destination between May to September when Southern Australia is experiencing winter.

Is Mission Bay the same as Mission Beach?

Not at all. You will find Mission Bay on your New Zealand itinerary when you visit Auckland.

Why is it called Mission Beach?

The town was named mission beach after the Hull River Mission. This was an Aboriginal mission set up at South Mission Beach by the Queensland Government in 1914.

Is Mission Beach man made?

Not to be confused with the San Diego Mission Beach in the USA, Queensland’s Mission Beach is about as unspoiled as a beach can get!

Do you need more ideas? Check our Great Barrier Reef Tours.

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