Where nature and adventure take centre stage
Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach, two hours south of Cairns, with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and rivers fringed by rainforest. There are no crowds at this seductive and easy going destination, perfect for relaxation or discovering adrenalin pumping outdoor activities.
This is the birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, so exploring the reef is a must. Hop on a boat tour, join a kayaking trip or hire a dinghy and take a picnic to a deserted island.
With 14 kilometres of sandy beaches, it’s easy to find a quiet place to relax with a book or indulge at a day spa with fabulous beach views. Lush rainforest touches the shores of Mission Beach, hiding the elusive southern cassowary. Look for these rare and endemic creatures on a rainforest walks and keep an eye out for the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, another local icon. Nearby is the spectacular Misty Mountains Trail, a series of long-distance walking tracks through high-altitude rainforest.
The serene beauty of Mission Beach hides another side to this friendly beachside retreat – adrenalin-pumping adventure! Skydive onto the beach, head into the heart of the rainforest for white-water rafting, or explore the area by jet ski or mountain bike.
Luxurious resorts, elegant hill-top apartments and beach houses are favourites for those wanting to escape, or choose from family-friendly motels, beach caravan parks and popular backpacker hostels.