Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast

Sitting pretty on the tropical Coast between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach is all secluded beaches, soft adventure and juicy, juicy mangoes.

The Cassowary Coast

This is the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef on the mainland and the stretch is nestled between lush rainforest and sandy beachside. At the heart of the Cassowary Coast is Mission Beach which encompasses four separate towns and 14km of palm-fringed beach.

Things to do

Dive the Beaver Cay Marine Sanctuary, kayak to nearby Dunk Island and set up camp overnight or fly along the wet sand of Mission Beach in a blo-kart. Or, do barefoot luxury right in one of seven exclusive villas on Bedarra Island or at a beachfront resort or holiday house.

If you’re up for the challenge of big game fishing for marlin, tuna and barracuda, head to Clump Point jetty and board a fishing charter. And if you’re looking for adrenalin, throw yourself from a plane skydiving or down white-water rapids on the Tully River.

Looking to get back to nature? Hike or mountain bike the Misty Mountains trails once used by the traditional owners, the Jirrbal and Mamu people. Keep watch for the elusive southern cassowary.

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Paronella Park

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$47 - 47
Everyone has a dream. José Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$22 - 26
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

Mena Creek Falls

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
Mena Creek Falls is a spectacular sight. This waterfall rolls over seven million-year-old basalt rock and is even more stunning at night when the falls are illuminated. Located 19 kilometres south of Innisfail, the Mena Creek Environmental Park is accessible by the public at all times on the south side of the falls with public toilets, historic interpretive signs, a beautiful grassed picnic area and access to the suspension bridge that spans the falls.

Innisfail Riverfront

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
The township of Innisfail is nestled at the junction of the Johnstone and South Johnstone rivers just one block from the Central Business District. On the foreshore there is a shade cloth covered children's playground, several barbecues and picnic shelters.

Frankland Group National Park

Deeral, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, the five islands of Frankland Group National Park feature rocky outcrops, dense rainforest, mangroves and coastal vegetation, making them a haven for wildlife. Featuring outcrops of weathered and eroded green and white metamorphic rock, the islands are part of the coastal mountain range which was separated from the mainland by a rise in sea level 6000 years ago.

Mt. Bartle Frere

Cairns Area
At a maximum elevation of 1622 metres, Mt. Bartle Frere is Queensland’s highest mountain. Part of Wooroonooran National Park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the range is covered with dense tropical rainforest, unique vegetation and wildlife, and on a clear day the summit offers views stretching from the Atherton Tablelands to the coast.

Nandroya Falls

Wooroonooran, Cassowary Coast Area
The Nandroya Falls Circuit is part of a network of walking trails in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park. Beginning at the Henrietta Creek campground, the trail to the falls runs about 6.

Beaver Reef Dive Site

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Beaver Reef is one of the most popular dive sites off Mission Beach with coral gardens, bommies and sloping coral walls in depths to 22 metres. Off the southern side of the reef is a site called Shark Alley.

Frankland Islands Dive Site

East Russell, Cairns Area
Located south of Cairns, the Frankland Islands don’t see as many tourists as other destinations off this busy holiday city, making it the perfect destination for the snorkeler and less experienced diver.

Tully Falls and Tully Gorge

Ravenshoe,
Free Entry
Follow the scenic Tully Falls Road to the spectacular Tully Gorge Lookout. The falls only run in a big wet season, but the walls of raw rock and rainforest which plunge 300 metres (984 feet) down to the Tully River are still an awe-inspiring sight.
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