Relax at Mission Beach

Less than two hours south of Cairns lies Mission Beach, a series of four small villages along a 14km stretch of golden, palm tree-lined beach. South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, Mission Beach Village, and Bingil Bay have a great range of accommodation, restaurants, and activities to keep everyone entertained.

Mission Beach

In this small town, you’ll find everything you need for a short stay – supermarkets, internet cafes, and the essential drive-through liquor stores. The beach is a long, uninterrupted stretch of golden sand lined by dense jungle. It’s safe-ish to swim here without too much stress about sharks and crocodiles, maybe.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Mission Beach is actually the closest mainland point to the Great Barrier Reef and makes for a great spot to head out for snorkeling and diving trips, especially if you would rather be based by the beach instead of in the city of Cairns. Check out Calypso Dive shop for their dive and snorkel trips.


If you want to be able to throw yourself out of a perfectly good plane and plummet towards the earth over the shark-infested ocean to land on golden sands then this is the place to do it. A 14,000-foot jump will set you back $334, add another $160 for the photo and DVD package with Skydive Mission Beach.

Paronella Park

This rainforest shrouded castle built by José Paronella is one of the top tourist attractions in Queensland. Take a tour, day or night, and have a picnic by the waterfall, spotting the local wildlife and even spend a night in one of the cabins on site.

Hostel Recommendation

Scotty’s Beach House is right on the beach, with a pool and some awesome activities. We were taken out to hike along the beaches and through the jungle and to find kangaroos, we were even lucky enough to spot a Cassowary and were quickly warned to stay away as this velociraptor-like bird will disembowel you if you get too close. We had a huge BBQ, spent a lot of time laying in the hammocks, playing pool games and immense drinking games in the common areas. Loved this place.

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