Mission Beach Tours and Attractions
When you go on vacation one of the important things to consider is what are the major tourist attractions and the things to do and see where you are planning on going for holidays. Do these local tours and attractions offer what you are looking for? And are they affordable and how close in proximity are they to where your holiday accommodation resort is? Firstly you need to ask yourself these questions. Are you a real extreme sports type of person, are you a nature lover and enjoy hiking thru pristine rainforests seeking out the native wildlife, or are you a family person looking for a place to suit all the needs of a family?. Are you a couple looking for a little bit of privacy and time to indulge yourselves, or are you just looking to spend time on the beach or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, or would you like to try a spot of fishing? Once you have in mind your list of priorities then read further to find your desired sightseeing tours and attractions that Mission Beach can offer you in this beachfront paradise.
Mission Beach Markets
The atmosphere of a market attracts locals to mingle with tourists from all over the world making it a delectable eclectic environment and with the combination of a tropical beachfront location it makes it even more inviting.
Mission Beach Markets are held on the beachfront under the shade of the tropical canopy. The market are run by the Mission Beach Rotary Club.
On the first and third Sunday of the month from 7.30am to 12.30pm just opposite Hideaway Holiday Park.
Mission Beach Monster Markets are held the last Sunday of the month from April to November from 8.00am to 1.00pm at Marc's Park.
If you wish to book a stall please call 07 4068 7220 or 0419 672 542.
Mission Beach Bushwalking and Hiking Trails
There is nothing better than getting out into the rainforest for a day of hiking with the fresh air, rivers and cold mountain streams all around you. Mission Beach has lots of short walking tracks and some much larger full day hiking trails all of which are very well marked and sign posted.
You can even pick up maps from the Information Centre in Mission Beach and use those to decide which trail or trails you will be going to explore.
Here are just a few of your options below that are in Mission Beach and the local surrounds.
Lacey Creek 1.2klm approximately 45 minutes. Located about 7klms from the Mission Beach Post Office along the Mission Beach-El Arish Road. Look out for the green timber signs. There is a car park, barbeque, picnic tables and bathroom facilities.
The Ulysses Link joins the Cutten Brothers walking track 2 klm approximately and takes around 45 minutes. Starts at the Mission Beach Village Green, past the Visitor Information Centre, heads north along the beach, through mangroves and lowland rainforest, and ends near the Clump Point Jetty. Drinks and ice-creams can be bought at Quick Cat office and parking at the jetty and bathrooms.
Bicton Hill Track 4 klm circuit approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Located along the road to Bingil Bay on the left, past the jetty. Parking is available. Excellent views and well worth the walk up through the rainforest.
Licuala State Forest Walking Tracks approximately 1.5 klm west of the junction of South Mission Beach turnoff and Mission Beach-Tully Road. The car park is 1 klm in from the signed road entrance.
Water Taxi to Dunk Island
How about going overseas for the day and having a look at Dunk Island?
Its only a ten minute boat journey from Wongaling Beach on Banfield Parade to Dunk Island where you can indulge in rainforest walks, try some water skiing or a jet ski guided tour of the island.
You can hire a sail boat or paddle ski, go on a horse ride, have a game of tennis, a round of golf or just indulge in some relaxation on the beach snorkeling and maybe indulging in a long lunch.
It's all possible every day with water taxis leaving Wongaling Beach from 8.30am six times a day with the last boat departure back to the mainland from Dunk Island to Mission Beach is at 4.30pm.
Sea Kayaking Guided Tours
If you are 13 years of age and above then you are able to participate in a real adventure. A half day sea kayaking tour along the coastal waters of Mission Beach spotting dolphins, manta rays, green sea turtles and lots of birds is a great ways to spend a morning or afternoon.
Pulling up on a deserted beach for some refreshments and a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters is a great way to end the journey.
If you are feeling a bit fitter why not try the full day guided kayak tour to Dunk Island?
It takes approximately one and a half hours paddling time to get there with a stop off on a deserted island for refreshments and a snack before heading to the shores of Dunk Island to explore the rainforest and island region.
Tropical Island Picnic
What a great way to spend the day with your partner or friends. Have a picnic lunch packed with all the necessary utensils and go off to a deserted island or a tropical beach for a day of relaxing and snorkeling on the fringing reefs with non-one else around, just perfect.
For all queries regarding Accommodation or Tours at Mission Beach contact Cairns Holiday Specialists or ph: +61 7 4059 5959
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour
Take a trip out for a day of snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef from Clump Point Jetty to explore this amazing underwater world full of colorful tropical fish and vibrant corals.
Experienced divers can even explore the Lady Bowen ship wreck at 34 meters.
All snorkeling tuition and equipment is supplied along with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous lunch.
Guided Reef Fishing Tour
Keen to catch your own dinner? Well the Great Barrier Reef is abundant with the best tasting tropical fish you can find anywhere. Some of the highly prized specialty fish are Coral Trout and Red Emperor. They have soft white flesh that just melts in your mouth.
If you are after some night time activities then how about you go fishing for something different. These night time fishing tours depart at 5.30pm and return around 2 am in the morning so you can cook up your catch for breakfast when you get b back to your holiday accommodation. If you like a bit of a tussle then have a go at game fishing chasing the mighty mackerel, the feisty tuna, marlin and sailfish. Just remember tag and release is the best way to keep our big game fish industry thriving so try not to kill that big bill fish and let them swim away to see another day. Guided fishing tours depart from Mission Beach daily year round.
Take a short drive to Mena Creek just north of Mission Beach to visit Paronella Park heritage gardens and see the Spanish Castle entwined in the rainforest.
The pleasure gardens and reception centre built in 1932 by a Spaniard with big dreams and aspirations to create his own masterpiece for all to enjoy.
From the turret topped balconies of the concrete castle, to the hydro electric generating plant below the falls, we stand in awe of his vision and achievements.
This is a perfect place for newly weds to walk thru the tunnel of love or along the Kauri Tree path. Paronella Park may also be that dream wedding location you have been looking for to give your day that wow factor.
Paronella Park is an absolute must see whilst holidaying in Mission Beach and it so popular it has won 11 tourism awards.
You can now even enjoy the park for an evenings guided tour by torch light.
White Water Rafting Tour
The Tully River is regarded as one of Australia's best and most challenging white water rafting rivers.
The ultimate time of year for extreme rafting is in the green season from around Feb-March to June when the tropical rains are bucketing down in the evenings and you wake up to crystal clear mornings for a day of action and adventure.
5 hours of rafting through 45 grade four rapids will certainly get your heart rate pumping.
Helicopter Scenic Flight
Imagine gliding over the Great Barrier Reef only 500 feet above the water spotting giant manatray, turtles, dolphins and other sea creatures what a great spoil that would be and a perfect way to see one of the world's icons.
Or how about combining it with a scenic flight over the rainforest and waterfalls and landing up on the Tablelands for a nice gourmet country lunch? A trip over the lush mountains and Great Dividing Range to the Australian outback to see the amazing Blencoe Falls where you can land for a gourmet picnic and swim in the mighty Herbet Gorge.
A helicopter tour is a great way to see this picture perfect region and to get some of the best photographs you will have ever taken.
Skydiving and Landing on Mission Beach
Are you feeling brave for these holidays?
Brave enough to jump out of a perfectly good aero plane at 14,000 feet?
Then if the answer is yes then Mission Beach is the place to do it with the breathtaking views all around you there will not be anytime at all to be scared.
The only requirement is that you have to be over 14 years of age to do something like this along with being generally healthy and not over 110kg.
Hire Your Own Boat and Go Exploring
Be your own tour guide and explore the islands in and around the Mission Beach region.
From a small fishing tinny with 6 horse power to a cruiser with 140 horse power to really get you going places. Pack a lunch and get that snorkel and fishing gear out and off you go exploring for the day.
You can also hire a small catamaran sail boat for a bit of fun on the beach and you can also hire sea kayaks.
Crocodiles Up Close
If you have never seen a cranky salt water crocodile up close then a visit to the Crocodile farm in Innisfail is a good place to start where literally hundreds of these pre-historic creatures are on display daily from 8.30am.
You could even try one for lunch in the Crocodile farms kiosk.
Whilst you are here you can pet the Kangaroos and Wallabies and see Dingo's, Australia's wild dogs up close.
Have you ever wondered how sugar is grown and harvested? Then if so you are in the right place to go and see it all being processed and refined for human consumption. Call into the Tully Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway at Tully or call on 07 40682288 to book your tour time and date to visit the Tully Sugar Mill during the crushing season June to November, Monday to Friday at 10am and 11am. You must have enclosed footwear and long sleeve shirt for safety and the children need to be seven years and above.
The history of sugar cane growing in this region dates back to 1865 so you can learn all about the trials and tribulations of starting up this industry in those early pioneering days.
Australian Sugar Industry Museum
More sugar sweetie? Just south eight kilometers south of Innisfail you can visit the Australian Sugar Industry Museum from Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 17.00 for a ticket price of around $5.00. Here you can see historical objects and artifacts, books, photographs, documents, tractors, locomotives and much more. This Museum was designed to attract historians, school groups and families and offers a 50 seat theatre for an audio visual presentation of the history of sugar growing in the region. Inside there is also a restaurant for meals and refreshments.
Echo Creek Bush Walks
Spirit of the Rainforest Aboriginal Cultural Tour
Tours depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with pick ups from your resort or hotel accommodation.
This Aboriginal Cultural tour is a four hour walk to experience life in the rainforest learning about Aboriginal use of flora and fauna listening to dreamtime stories and visiting sacred story places with Aboriginal Guides leading you through pristine rainforest trails, crystal clear rivers and streams.
You really get to feel the power of Mother Nature and how abundantly she has provided for us yet we keep destroying these rainforests which provide so much food and medicines for us.
A great tour to get you thinking.
Mamu Canopy Walk
The Mamu Canopy Walkway is in the traditional country of the MaMu Aboriginal people.
The elevated sky walkway allows visitors to see the rainforest from the forest floor to the canopy of the trees in comfort and safety.
Enjoy close up views of rainforest plants, birds, butterflies and insects whilst taking in the vista of views across the ridges and valleys of the rainforest clad mountains.
The walk is approximately 2.5 kilometers and takes around one hour or two hours with rest stops along the way.
The walkway is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm with the last entry at 4.30pm. Admission price is approximately $20 an adult and family prices apply.
Winery Tour Excursion
If you love a good tasting wine or aperitif then a trip to Murdering Point Winery should be on your list for your holiday at Mission Beach.
Located near Kurramine Beach at Silkwood the cellar doors are open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.00pm with different trading hours on Public holidays.
They offer a high quality range of red and white fruit wines and ports that are uniquely Australian.
A great gift idea for the family back home.
Self Drive Tour to the Tablelands
Hire a car and head towards Innisfail, turn left onto the Palmerston Highway and make your way along what is known as the waterfall circuit drive. Beautiful lush green countryside with pristine swimming holes, walking and hiking trails through National Parks, lookout points, visit a Bio Dynamic dairy farm and taste some of their freshly made produce in the Out of the Whey tea house, go for a cruise on an old volcano crater, see ancient trees and Australian wild native animals in their natural habitat.
The tablelands are some of the most beautiful countryside you will see in Australia.
There are lots of other tours, sightseeing, attractions and things to do in Mission Beach and these are just a few options open to you whilst you are on holiday in Mission Beach.
Ask for more information from your holiday accommodation hotel or resort and they will be more than helpful to ensure your stay is all that you wished for.