​What to do in Mission Beach

Mission Beach offers as much to the adrenaline junkie and extreme sports enthusiast as to the holiday-maker after some peace and quiet. Some activities you may or may not decide to participate in are:


  • Skydiving
  • White water rafting
  • Sea kayaking
  • Jet skiing
  • Snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Croc spotting
  • Sailing
  • Picnic Spots
  • Mountain biking

The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres from Mission Beach, thus making it the closest mainland access point to the Great Barrier Reef at just over an hour away. The benefit to reef-goers is more time in the water doing what you go to the reef for - snorkelling and scuba diving.  Offshore from Mission Beach are the beautiful Family Group of islands including the famous Dunk and Bedarra islands and just south is the largest National Park island in Australia, Hinchinbrook Island where you can spend a day in peaceful, serene crowd free environments or hike the wilderness trails.

Mission Beach Markets

Local markets are held at several locations in Mission Beach, throughout the year. There are Beach Markets and the Monster Markets. TheMission Beach Markets are held on the beachfront under the shade of the tropical canopy. The Monster Markets are held at MARCS Park, a great location on a grassed sports field with a large uncover area and on the same site as Mission Arts. Locals and visitors from all over the world enjoy the tropical beachfront location and atmosphere of these very popular markets.


How to get to Mission Beach

Getting to Mission Beach is easy and there are an abundance of choices for the traveller.


  • BY ROAD - If you are heading from the south, turn right off the Bruce Highway just north of Tully and it is approximately 26km to Mission Beach. If you are heading from the north then turn left off the Bruce Highway in El Arish and it is approximately 16km to Mission Beach. To see a map of our location click here.
  • BY BUS - The Greyhound and Premier bus services make regular stops in Mission Beach. The buses arrive at the Bus Terminal at the Cassowary Shopping Village at Wongaling Beach by the Big Cassowary. Exemplar Coaches and Limousines run private charters from Cairns Airport to and from Innisfail – book 48 hours in advance.
  • BY TRAIN - QRail passenger train services stop at the Tully Railway station. Your accommodation venue will be happy to organise transport to meet you or you can catch a taxi from the station.
  • BY PLANE - QantasJetStar or Virgin Australia fly direct into Cairns, or Townsville.

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