16 Fun Things To Do In Mission Beach, Qld

Going on a Mission Beach trip and want to know all the fun things to do in Mission Beach, Qld? We have you covered! Below you will find our guide to exactly what to do in Mission Beach, Queensland to plan your ultimate trip.

If you’re a fan of laid back beach towns, small Mission Beach is the place for you! A collection of four small villages along the beach, you’re never far from the water. There are enough shops and services to get you by while the area retains its sleepy and chilled out vibe.

Mission Beach

If you are coming from Cairns, like we did, don’t expect it to be anything like that bustling tourist capital. Here, it’s about relaxing at the beach, hiking in the national park and thinking about going white water rafting. The things to do around Mission Beach list is much shorter and lower key. It’s the place to go relax in beautiful surrounds.

Below, you will find our Mission Beach things to do travel blog with everything you need to know about the best Mission Beach attractions, what to do at Mission Beach as well as the top things to do around Mission Beach for your ultimate holiday!!

Top 16 Fun Things To Do In Mission Beach, Qld

Here are the best Mission Beach what to do options. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.

Go Skydiving

Skydive Mission Beach

If you want to have a memorable adventure on your list of things to do at Mission Beach, you will want to consider skydiving!

Voted as one of the top three locations in the world to skydive, you can land on stunning beaches after having views of the World Heritage listed rainforest, ocean and surrounding islands on your way down.

Skydiving

With full day tours available from the centre of town, this is a Mission Beach what to do experience you won’t forget!

Spot Giant Cassowary Birds

Cassowary Bird Mission Beach

Roos and koalas are usually what springs to mind when you think of Australia. Yet the more I travel Queensland the more I’m intrigued by the cassowaries. Native to the region, they are the third largest bird species in the world – growing to a staggering two metres and weighing up to 60kg!  

Unsurprisingly, the cassowaries are a strong bird. Feisty is the term often used, “aggressive” would perhaps seem more appropriate! Yet there is something magical in seeing these almost prehistoric looking birds, with their brilliant cobalt necks blazing against the fiery red throat wattle. 

On their heads is a large casque – made of a sponge-like material and covered with a thick layer of keratin (the same thing our fingernails are made of). The body shape of a young emu, there’s sadly estimated to be only 4000 cassowaries left in the world. Thus spotting them in numbers is a rare thing.  

Unless, that is, you live in Mission Beach where there’s over 100 resident wild cassowaries. Locals work hard to protect their natural habitat and the animal has become the mascot of the local Mission Beach community. In fact, with the animals often living to around 50 years old, there’s a few that have even been named and become famous thanks to social media!

Where to find them? Well, they roam around mostly without restriction but your best bet is early in the morning, usually near to water such as at Mission Beach access roads, BIG4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park or Garner’s Beach near Bingil Bay Reserve.  

Alternatively, take an early morning trek through rainforest at The Dreaming Trail (El Arish Mission Beach Road).  This 3km trail is a highlight of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Mission Beach region where you’ll cross small creeks and wind your way through lush low-lying rainforest. While keeping an eye out for cassowaries with their brilliant neck colours often standing out against the green of the forest.  

Just keep in mind that cassowaries are powerful and territorial. Keep your distance, be cautious and never attempt to feed them! But enjoy one of the stranger things to do on Mission Beach as you go in hunt of these stunning birds

Camp On Coombe Island

Still wondering what to do, Mission Beach? Well, just offshore are some 20+ stunning islands – deserted, tropical islands in the Great Barrier Reef with soft white sand, sun bleached coral pieces and coconut palms. It’s not difficult to say yes to an overnight stay at any one of them!

Coombe Island, part of The Family Islands, offers day trips or camping experiences for one group. There’s only one campsite on the island, and it’s noted as “private boat-based camping” – meaning just one group is permitted to camp at any one time. Located on the southern side of the island, the site can – unsurprisingly- only be reached by boat. With up to eight people allowed to stay, you’ll find a simple space with a wooden picnic table.  

This is rustic camping. Thus ensure you take along sufficient food and drinking water, a fuel stove (no open fires allowed), your cooking utensils, garbage bags, basic first-aid kit, insect repellent, mosquito nets and sunscreen… and bedding! Plus, you’ll need to keep an eye on the tide charts for ease of entry/departure and charge your mobile before arriving as you should have service throughout your stay. 

For more safety advice on camping at Coombe Island check here.

But all this pre-planning is well worth it as you’re in for an unforgettable adventure in a paradise location – with a private yellow-sand beach dotted with various sized boulders, nestled by the clear and calm ocean. Fish, snorkel or bring your own SUP or kayak to enjoy the peaceful and undisturbed bays of this small island.

Anse Source d’Argent – the famed boulder-strewn beach on many a Seychelles advert – has nothing on what you’ll see in Coombe Island. Simply stunning. …and all set to a backdrop of mountains visible on the horizon.

You can book your camp site online. And don’t forget that a special camping permit is required and fees apply.  

As for reaching the island, you can contact Mission Beach Water Taxi company and arrange a private drop off and return pick up.

Leave every-day life behind and experience remote camping surrounded by crystal clear blue water, dine on freshly plucked oysters straight from the rocks, swing in your hammocks and all for a mere $6.65 per night!

Day Trip To Dunk Island

Dunk Island Mission Beach

Just a 15-minute ferry ride from Mission Beach, Dunk Island is definitely one of your quickest island escapes!  

Directly opposite Mission Beach, it is known as the Father in the group of Family Islands, surrounded by reefs and also well known for its diverse bird population of over 100 species. The largest of the Family Islands, you can also keep an eye out for pythons, tree snakes, colourful geckos and skinks. Plus the surrounding reefs are home to sea turtles, dugongs, crabs, shellfish and marvelous corals.

Popular for both day trips and overnight stays (with eight sandy campsites allowing a maximum 8 people to stay at each), Dunk Island is covered by National Park that’s ripe for exploring.

Start your day by ticking off a steep 7-km trek to the top of Mt Kootaloo (271 metres above sea level), before heading back down to explore the island’s core on a 4-hour round-trip circuit track through Palm Valley. Grill your lunch on a provided gas barbeque at the picnic area before diving in to explore the astounding marine life by snorkelling off Muggy Muggy or Coconut Beach.  

Facilities on the island include flushing toilets, drinking water and hot showers – along with the gas barbecues and picnic tables. So there’s no roughing-it here!

And there’s a regular Mission Beach Water Taxi service from Wongaling Beach or you can head across with your own boat.

The island has a wonderful history for a piece of land only 14km long. Originally named by the Aboriginal Bandjin and Djiru people as Coonanglebah, meaning “Island of Peace and Plenty”, they often visited it by canoe to gather food and materials. In later years, Captain Cook sailed past and gave it the current name – after George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.  

A decade or so later, in 1897, a certain Edmund Banfield went to live there after having been advised by doctors he had less than 6 months to live. Together with his wife, he lived on the island for 26 years, coming to know the Aboriginal people, their customs and legends. 

A journalist by trade, he published articles and eventually books about his experiences, along with detailing the island’s exotic flora and fauna. Today, Edmund and his wife’s graves are on the trail to Mt Kootaloo and are noted as a heritage-listed site.

Following this colourful start, the island was used as an airstrip for the Royal Australian Air Force in WWII and the location of a postwar resort that attracted Henry Ford II, Sean Connery and various Australian Prime Ministers. In the 70’s an Artists Colony set up camp selling artworks to the affluent resort guests, until two cyclones devastated the island. 

In more recent years, the island has been the backdrop for a couple of hollywood movies and was recently purchased by an Australian private equity firm… Thus, the story of Dunk Island is far from over!I

Go On A Kayak Tour Around Dunk Island

Kayak Mission Beach

If you’re comfortable on the sea, why not try a wonderful sea kayak experience during your visit to Dunk Island.

A couple of operators around Mission Beach advertise a Dunk Island Sea Kayak Day Trip, with prices around the $120 mark. You can join with a guide or explore at your own pace, or even head out to any of the stunning islands in the Family Islands group with the company transporting the kayaks and you to any of the islands.  

Escape from the modern world for a day as you kayak over shallow reefs catching the glint of colour as fish swarm beneath you, glide across seagrass beds in search of turtles and dugongs and pull up at a peaceful golden beach for a picnic lunch.

There are many options for kayaking – whether you start/end at Mission Beach, commence the fun at Dunk Island and circumnavigate the island, or you can investigate 3-day and 7-day kayak trips with camping and food included. 

The longer trips usually consist of 3-4 hours of sea kayaking through the islands, after which there’s ample time to explore the rainforest interiors of the islands, snorkel, or just enjoy the tranquility. Visit from mid-July to September in the hope of spotting humpback whales!

Definitely a highlight of any Mission Beach itinerary, sea kayaking puts you up close with nature.

Explore The Great Barrier Reef

the Great Barrier Reef

Somewhere that really needs no introduction, the Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2300 kilometres along the Queensland coast. Mistakenly often thought of as one large reef, it’s actually made up of around 2900 individual reefs and over 900 sand cays and islands.  

Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area in 1981, this is one of the most diverse spots on our planet, with scientists still finding new species on the reef. Home to 1500 species of fish, 360 species of hard coral, 500 species of seaweed… The list is endless! 

Mission Beach is an ideal place from which to explore the reef as it is the closest access point on the mainland to it. Laying only 22 km from Mission Beach, the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Enjoy diving or snorkelling at carefully selected points in the hope of viewing amazing creatures such as dolphins or dugongs, hawksbill turtles, dwarf minke whales and – at the right time of year – even hump-back whales!

Many tours take you first to Dunk Island (10 minutes crossing from Wongaling Beach) before you move on to a second boat that takes you to the outer Great Barrier Reef. After a short safety briefing, we travelled around one and a half hours before reaching the famed reef. 

In total, we spent about four hours at the Great Barrier Reef and were taken to two spots for snorkelling. The trip came with a delicious buffet lunch, and there was a licensed bar too. Plus, we were provided with life jackets and all the snorkel gear.  

The clarity of the water was mind-boggling and the highlight for me was spotting manta rays, though the kids loved the turtles more. It’s mostly thanks to the helpful guides as they were quick to point out or identify marine life that we probably would have missed!

Definitely not a trip that comes cheaply, we all agreed it was worth the cost considering the amazing snorkelling we experienced – it will be hard to beat! 

Pack towels, swimwear and a change of clothes, plus sun protection such as a hat and reef-friendly sunscreen. Take extra cash for drinks.

Hike Up To Bicton Hill

One of our favourite walking tracks close to Mission Beach is that at Bicton Hill – the Bicton Hill Walk in the Clump Mountain National Park.  

Found approximately 4.5km north of Mission Beach Village on the Bingil Bay Road, this is a pleasurable 1-2 hour trail that covers around 3.2km in a circuit track.

Amazing views and stunning nature is the order of the day – with unsurpassed panoramic vistas and an enormous variety of rare rainforest plants and animal life. Keep an eye out for the shy southern cassowary, a large flightless bird found only in the tropical rainforests of Queensland and New Guinea.

Named after a town in Devon, England, by the area’s first permanent European residents who used Bicton Hill as a ship lookout, the hill was actually first used by the Djiru Aboriginal people.  

Visit in Summer months to see the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher who have a strange habit of nesting in the large termite mounds. If you pass by between October and March, you’re in for a staggering evening spectacle of migratory pied imperial-pigeons as they flock back to the nearby islands after spending the day foraging for food on the mainland.

Perhaps the most famous inhabitants at Bicton Hill are the Lace monitors. Often reaching up to two metres in length, they deposit their eggs in termite nests found in the trees where supposedly the constant temperature inside helps to incubate the eggs.

The walk itself is an easy gradient, thus ideal for all ages. You pass by four lookout points so have your camera ready to capture the stunning views over Dunk and Hinchinbrook islands. Commencing on the Eastern side, you pass through brush box and swamp mahogany – sturdy trees that can withstand the high winds that sometimes batter this side. 

Climbing steadily, you’ll circle around to the western side and see how the vegetation changes, with strangler figs, Alexander palms and cycads; altogether a gorgeous forest setting.

After the circuit (which is well sign posted), back at the car park you can relax over lunch at the adjacent Bingil Bay picnic area or you’ll find a selection of deserted beaches across the road (Alexander Drive) where you can take a swim.  

This is a great walk, fairly easy and mostly under shade – ideal for kids who want to let off some steam in what are some of the last few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. The drive from Mission Beach along Alexander Drive/Bingil Bay Road is also super scenic.  

Relax At Wongaling Beach

Wongaling Beach Mission Beach

The most populated suburb, Wongaling Beach is one of the four small coastal towns that are connected by the 14km stretch of beach that makes up Mission Beach.

You know you’re in a remote part of the world when one of the claims to fame for Wongaling Beach is that it has the largest supermarket within 40kms! That aside, the town has a medical centre, a police and fire station, a small school, pool and a skate park. All this makes Wongaling Beach the central hub of the Mission Beach area, and it has some of the most popular beachfront accommodation.

There’s a couple of restaurants that are great for a chilled evening meal – Millers Bar & Grill is popular, as is Nana Thai and a couple of the Italian eateries.  

The beach, as ever, is the focal point and Wongaling Beach is home to the Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club – thus it’s one of the safer parts of the long beach to paddle at. And if you have youngsters in tow, they’ll love the modern Rotary Splash Pad with lots of water spout fun! After which you can head to the Alan Wheatley Memorial Park, a small beachside playground that is ideal for a picnic.  

Wongaling Beach is also the home of the Mission Beach Water Taxi and the same team offer Mission Beach Bike Hire, where you can pick up a bike and explore the meandering shorefront.

Spend a day at Wongaling Beach, a highlight of things in Mission Beach to do!

Enjoy A Swim At The Rotary Splash Pad

Wongaling Beach Rotary Park Splash Pad

If you are looking for free things to do in Mission Beach Australia with kids then you’ll have another stop while you’re enjoying Wongaling Beach – Rotary Park.

This playground and park area by the beach is perfect for little ones. There’s a regular playground plus the main attraction – the water playground. It has shooting jets of water in seemingly every direction, a big bucket that fills with water then splashes everywhere and some shooting water jets that the kids can point at each other. It’s a lot of fun!

Even if you don’t have kids, this is a great place to visit for a picnic. There is surrounding parkland with many BBQs and picnic. It’s also right next to the beach.

Have Your Local Fix Of Culture At Mission Beach Community Arts Centre

Mission Beach Community Arts Centre

Ideal for a grey-sky day, Mission Arts is a self-funding community run centre that aims to “stimulate and encourage collaborative, vibrant arts and cultural opportunities” for the people of Mission Beach. It’s a feast of colour for visitors!

Open daily 10am-2pm, you can easily spend an hour or more browsing the pottery studio, the wonderful gallery and shop. Local artists exhibit their works, historical items are displayed and you’ll find many locally made pieces of art for sale in the shop. There’s a large programme of workshops in an open-air space, whereby artists pass on their skills, creating a buzzy vibe to the Centre.

Located at MARCS Park, the corner of Tully, Mission Beach Road and El Arish. Find out what’s on this month here.  

Learn Cocoa History At Charley’s Chocolate Factory

Charley's Chocolate Factory Mission Beach

Marketing itself as the only “cocoa tree to chocolate bar experience”, Charley’s Chocolate Factory is located off the road into Mission Beach from the north. 

It’s a tour only experience for people who want to learn more about how chocolate is produced from the 3800 year history of cocoa to how cocoa pods are turned into chocolatey goodness. You also get to do some of the steps involved in making chocolate.

Of course, tastings are part of the tour and you can buy any of their range of chocolate.

If you are interested in this one of the things to do in Mission Beach Queensland, note that there is no shop on site and you can only visit as part of a tour booked in advance. We thought we would just stop by on the way past and found it shut, so don’t make this mistake!

Find more details of this Mission Beach attraction here.

Take A Coastal Walk On The Kennedy Walking Track

The Kennedy Walking Track Mission Beach

If you take one hike in the Mission Beach area, let it be this! This one of the answers to what to do in Mission Beach Qld is a beautiful walk.

Starting at the southern end of South Mission Beach, it’s an easy drive to park at the start of this walk. Just follow the road by the beach as far as it goes. From here, you can take walks of varying lengths from the 5-10 minute walk to Lovers Beach to the nearly two hour walk to Kennedy Bay entrance.

The Kennedy Walking Track Mission Beach

It’s a beautiful, well maintained place to walk. Even if you aren’t much of a walker or need to take a pram, you can enjoy the walk to Lovers Beach. This is on flat wooden boardwalk by the water.

The Kennedy Walking Track Mission Beach

The next stage of the walk is up quite a few stairs but then it does get easier again. We only walked about half an hour along it so I can’t comment on the condition after this. However, it is an easy, fun walk to that point and my 5 year old walked it easily (and didn’t want to turn back). It’s a beautiful place.

Hike In Djiru National Park

Licuala Djiru National Park Mission Beach

Djiru National Park, 8 kilometres west of the main Mission Beach area, is a fabulous place to see lowland rainforest in the Wet Tropics as most of it has been cleared. This is because it’s readily accessible with some easy and enjoyable walks that just about anyone can do.

The best place to head is Licuala Day-Use Area. Easy to reach, from here there are two great short hikes – a children’s walk and the fan palm walk. They are 10 minutes long and 20 minutes long respectively and are on flat, easy paths. We walked both and both are worthwhile with similar scenery.

Licuala Djiru National Park Mission Beach

The children’s walk has cassowary footprints to follow until you reach the cassowary eggs at the end. The fan palm walk has informational boards along the way so you can learn more about what you are seeing in the rainforest.

At the Licuala Day-Use Area, there are some picnic tables and parking.

This area is known for cassowary sightings so make sure you keep a lookout for them.

Stroll Along Paronella Park

Paronella Park

Designed in the 1930’s by Jose Paronella, the park was his realisation of a dream to build a castle. Purchasing 6 hectares beside Mena Creek Falls, Jose went on to build his castle, a picnic area by the falls, along with tennis courts, bridges, and a tunnel… before filling the site with over 7,500 tropical plants and trees!

A labour of love, there’s a wonderful story between Jose and his Spanish wife, Margarita, most of which is explained at the park. Thanks to Jose, the thousands of plants and trees that he so carefully planted have – almost a decade later – flourished into an amazing site. Thus it’s no wonder the park continues to be a popular Mission Beach tourist location.

The park’s additional claim to fame is being the site of Queensland’s first privately owned hydroelectric plant – first opened in 1933.  

Winner of various Queensland tourism awards, Paronella Park is both State and National Heritage listed, plus is a National Trust listed property.  So definitely add an afternoon here to your Mission Beach itinerary.

Open seven days a week from 9am-7.30pm, except Christmas day, you can purchase a couple of tours.  

  • The Dream Continues Tour – a 45 minute guided walk that takes you to the highlights of the Park and explains Jose’s vision. Available regularly.
  • The Darkness Falls Tour – This can be separate or in addition to the above tour, as they complement each other well.  Here, you see the secrets and delights that are Paronella Park at Night – which comes with an amazing light show (surely a highlight of things to do in Mission Beach at night!). Departing at 6.15pm, the tour takes about an hour.

You can, of course, just explore by yourself – which actually we chose to do. There’s a colourful 16-page booklet that contains so much info on the park’s flora – definitely pick up a copy of this. You’ll also find most of the trees are identified throughout the park as you walk through.

Queensland’s number one tourist destination, it’s no surprise that we rate this as one of the must-do’s when visiting Mission Beach. Located at 1671 Japoonvale Road (Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek – approximately 40 minutes drive north-west of Mission Beach.

Find out more or book tickets online here.

Try Water Rafting In Tully Gorge National Park

Tully Gorge National Park

For those of you who enjoy grasping every moment of life, try white-water rafting adrenaline fun at Tully Gorge National Park – just under 1 hours drive from Mission Beach.

You’ll be tackling over 45 rapids – of differing difficulties – surrounded by tropical rainforest and led by certified guides. Mission Beach fun doesn’t come much better than this!  

It was our first time to try white-water rafting, but won’t be our last! The dramatic setting definitely added to the experience, but it’s the rapids that captured our attention… wondering if we were going to make it down without capsizing!

There’s a well explained safety and paddling briefing which actually did build up some anticipation for what we were about to face, but once you start you forget any fear you may have – as adrenaline takes over and you find that you have a massive smile plastered to your face!  It’s super fun, super exhilarating and we felt safe throughout thanks to our helmets, life vests and excellent guides.

At times, we would pull over and enjoy splashing around in the cold water with the younger members of our group jumping from the rocks, and we swam at a waterfall too.

Working as a team (there’s 6 plus 1 guide to each boat), this is a great family or group-bonding activity, and the sense of achievement at the end is palpable. Of course, you should be comfortable on the water (able to swim 100 metres as per their guidelines), and expect to get soaked from head-to-toe. But do take time to look around as the Tully River cuts through a gorgeous rainforest sheltered canyon that’s scattered with stunning boulders.  

Thought of as one of Australia and New Zealand’s epic river rafting adventure locations, you’re in for a treat here. If you’re still unsure, take the Tully Standard Rafting course which is less of a ride compared to the Xtreme Rafting course which we took (that includes cliff jumping, rapid swimming and raft surfing).  

Packages are often sold with hotel pick up and drop off, plus sometimes with lunch, so research carefully which works best for you. There’s no rafting experience necessary, and the minimum age on the Standard tour is 13 years and 15 years for the Xtreme. Plus any one under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.

Before heading out put on secure footwear (that you don’t mind getting wet), beachwear and sunscreen. Take along a change of clothing, a towel and you can leave these and your money with your bus driver. And you might wish to ensure your travel insurance covers this activity as it’s often a special add-on inclusion. You’ll need to pencil out a full day for the entire trip as you cover around 6 kilometres whilst rafting.

My own personal highlight of our Mission Beach stay… go for it!

Visit The Golden Gumboot

The Golden Gumboot Tully

If you are someone who likes visiting Australia’s “big” attractions, you won’t want to miss this one of the things to do near Mission Beach.

Located in nearby Tully, this big golden gumboot is 7.9 metres tall – the same height as the amount of rainfall the town received in 1950. In fact, Tully is famous for being the wettest town in Australia with an average annual rainfall of over 4,000 millimetres. That’s a lot!

The Golden Gumboot is located at the entry into town just off the A1. There’s some information boards about the town and its rainfall and you can climb up the inside of the gumboot for views over the town.

While it may not be the most exciting of the options of what to do in Mission Beach Australia, it’s worth a stop if you are driving past on your way to or from Mission Beach.

Things To Do Mission Beach, Qld Map

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Best Place To Stay In Mission Beach

For such a small place, there is a good range of options for where to stay in Mission Beach. Anywhere you stay, you’ll probably need your own car, and the exact location of your Mission Beach accommodation is not that important as long as you are near a beach!

Below, I’ve listed a few different places to consider very loosely based on price.

BEST – Castaways Resort And Spa Review

Looking for a luxury Mission Beach shorefront resort? This ticks all the boxes, as the Castaways Resort and Spa is just twenty metres from the 14km white sands of Mission Beach and the crystal waters of the Coral Sea.  

Location aside, the resort shines too for its facilities – which include a 25-metre lap pool, beachfront leisure pool and a rainforest lagoon pool! Plus, there’s a day-spa, a gym, a laundry service and it’s a popular wedding location.  

There’s also the wonderful Buka Restaurant – open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is also your spot for grabbing a fruity sundowner or chilled craft beer whilst taking in the expansive views of Dunk Island.

Coconut lined lawns surround the 47 luxury beachfront rooms and self-contained apartments, plus a private beachside villa for those truly looking to splurge. The Resort spans two properties, with the majority of rooms facing out to Dunk Island and featuring a private balcony or garden patio.

The second property is just 100 metres up the road and is home to 18 lush economy-style rainforest rooms, surrounded by gorgeous gardens that offer quiet and solitude.

Rooms come with air conditioning, marble or tiled floors, refrigerator, electric kettle, free toiletries and ensuite with either bath or shower. Some of the larger options – such as the two-bedroom with spa bath and beachfront – come with a kitchenette complete with microwave, stovetop, toaster and kitchenware. Whilst the three-bedroom villa comes with private kitchen, sea and pool views, spacious living area and a patio with plunge pool.   

WiFi is complimentary throughout the resort and all parking is off-the-road and also complimentary.

This 3-storey beachside accommodation is our luxury pick for your Mission Beach stay with many pools to choose from and the glorious beach at your doorstep. The resort is over 30-years old and currently upgrading rooms so be careful when making a booking – ensure to request a refurbished room type.

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MID-RANGE – Mission Beach Resort Review

Ideal for families or those happy to be slightly off from the shorefront, Mission Beach Resort is encased in tropical rainforest.

Just a short stroll to the famed 14-km of perfect beach, the hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation spread across four buildings.  

All rooms have their own private patio opening onto one of the four pools and BBQ areas. And room types come in superior to one or two-bedroom apartments – thus something to suit all budgets.  

Apartments have either one or two queen-sized beds and a sofa bed. There’s also a full kitchen, with lounge/dining room and ensuite bathroom with spa bath and separate shower. Whereas the superior room comes with a queen bed and a bar fridge.    

All accommodation comes with LCD television with Foxtel, tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi. 

Other on-site facilities include a Sports Bar, Gaming Bar, Bistro Bar and the hotel likes to showcase UFC and other sporting events. For dining there’s the Family Bistro and you can also enjoy snacks at the Sports Bar such as share-plates and pizzas.

For the younger visitors, there’s an outdoor playground with slides and interactive games. And for older visitors, there’s a Gaming Room with 33 of the latest gaming machines. It’s never a dull moment at Mission Beach Resort!

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BUDGET – Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park Review

The Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park is perfect for families and campers who want to be right by the beach!

This holiday park is located in South Mission Beach opposite the great beach. It has a range of facilities and room types as well as many sites for caravanners and campers.

Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park Mission Beach pool

Cabins start from simple and cheap without a bathroom for four people to ensuite cabins and then two bedroom villa and spa villas which are well appointed and fully self contained. We stayed in a two bedroom villa and found it very comfortable for our family of five. There are also villas right by the beach.

Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park Mission Beach room

The park facilities include the usual laundry, amenities blocks and camp kitchens as well as a playground, games room, TV room and basketball/tennis court. The best part is definitely the big pool area with a small slide and toddler area. It’s great.

There are things like DVDs and boogie boards available to borrow for a gold coin donation and cassowaries are regular visitors to the park.

Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park Mission Beach cafe

We found this a great place to stay. Quiet, comfortable and with everything we need.

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How To Get To Mission Beach

Mission Beach boat

While you can get to Mission Beach by bus, I recommend you take your own car. The top 10 things to do in Mission Beach are spread out as are shops and restaurants and I don’t recommend a visit here without a car.

Mission Beach is about a two hour drive from Cairns or three hours from Townsville. It’s a great place to stop off on a bigger Far North Queensland trip. You could fly into either Cairns or Townsville, hire a car and head here. That’s what we did!

To see all the latest flights and prices, click here.

You can hire a car to get you there by clicking here.

Mission Beach With Kids

Wongaling Beach Rotary Park Splash Pad

Mission Beach is a great place to visit with kids. The low key, outdoor things to do Mission Beach Australia works great for families and the kids are sure to love some beach time and a trip to explore Dunk Island among other Mission Beach activities.

There are many accommodation options here great for families and we particularly recommend the Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park. The kids will love the pool!

Final Words

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a low-key beach town in a pretty spot with everything you need. As people who love to get out and do a lot who hit bad weather on our visit, we did find Mission Beach underwhelming.

However, if you are a fan of chilled beach towns and you’re in the area, I’m sure you’ll love a stay here.

I hope you enjoyed the guide to fun things to do in Mission Beach Qld. You can also find our full guide to nearby Innisfail here or Cairns here. Read more Australian travel guides here.