Welcome to Dunk Island

Walking trails criss-cross (and almost circumnavigate) Dunk: the circuit track (9.2km) is the best way to explore the island's interior and encounter wildlife. There’s snorkelling over bommies (coral pinnacles or outcroppings) at Muggy Muggy and great swimming at beautiful Coconut Beach. On weekends in high season there are often special events such as bongo lessons or a ukulele band – check with the Mission Beach Visitor Centre.

Dunk Island was battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and tourist infrastructure has yet to recover: there are no places to eat or, apart from the campground, sleep. As late as 2018 the old resort remained off limits and a real eyesore.

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Dunk Island Round-Trip Water Taxi Transfer from Mission Beach

The Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi departs from the beachfront, where you’ll walk through knee-high water to board the Island Spirit. After a 10-minute boat ride, arrive at the Dunk Island jetty. On the island, you have the morning, afternoon, or full day to explore and relax at your leisure, depending on option selected when booking. Dunk Island is home to walking tracks, natural scenery, snorkeling facilities, and the Sunset Bar, which is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, long weekends, and all school holidays from 10am onward, providing a place to have a bite to eat and a cold drink with the sand between your toes (food, drinks, and any activities are at your own expense). Choose from three different walks, if you wish: a short walk to snorkel at Muggy Muggy Beach, a 2-hour round-trip journey to the top of Mt Kootaloo with views down to the family group of islands and back to Mission Beach, or continue on the Island Circuit Track for about 5.5 miles (9 km) to check out the Valley of the Palms and Coconut Beach. When your time on the island is up, board the ferry for the quick trip back to the mainland, where the crew will hose the sand off your feet before saying goodbye.

$1877.09 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Cairs Helicopter Tour: Outback, Undara, Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy a complimentary pick up from your accommodation in Cairns and be transferred to Cairns Airport. Your expert pilot will provide a safety briefing before take off. Departing the airport your helicopter will track south of Cairns to Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Ker, the highest mountains in Queensland, before heading west up the spectacular Johnston River Gorge. Enjoy the change in scenery from the coast and the lush tropical rainforest of the Great Dividing Range, to the orange and reds of the Queensland Outback as you arrive at the Undara Volcanic National Park. Take a guided tour of the Undara Lava Tubes - the longest single lava flow in the world. See extinct volcanic craters and the incredible lava tubes that wind their way through the National Park. Learn the history of the lava tubes, how they were formed and how long ago the volcanos were active. Enjoy lunch at Undara Central before jumping back in the helicopter and heading south. Fly over the stunning Blenco Falls and Wallaman Falls - the tallest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. A truely spectacular sight from the air. Your pilot will then turn north for home, tracking up the coastline over the Great Barrier Reef and the rugged ridge lines of Hinchinbrook Island, Dunk Island, Frankland Island and Fitzroy Island. Once safely landed in Cairns you will be transferred back to you accommodation. During the tour your experienced pilot will be in constant communication, pointing out significant landmarks and provide expert commentary.

$137.22 Water Sports

Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Mission Beach

Enjoy your day on-board 'Reef Goddess' and cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef! 8.30am & 9am - You will begin your adventure to the Great Barrier Reef from Wongaling Beach (Mission Beach) where you will board the Island Spirit.  Wear your swimmers. You have to walk through water, which reaches your knees, to board! A quick 10-minute transfer will land you onto beautiful Dunk Island where you will board 'MV Reef Goddess'. 'Island Spirit' is a fully enclosed custom built passenger transfer vessel designed specifically for a beach landing. 9.30am - After introductions and safety briefing from your captain, depart from Brammo Bay at Dunk Island and head off to the east, sitting on 18 knots reaching your first reef location in under 1 to 1/2 hours. 11am - In the water at your first Outer Great Barrier Reef location (Locations are determined on the day to suit weather conditions). You will have an hour to explore untouched reefs with the crew/guide on-hand to assist with your gear.  The free snorkel briefing will cover what to do and what not to do to ensure your safety and enjoyment at the reef. 12pm - Depart for a 1/2 hour cruise to the second snorkel location and lunch preparation. 12.30pm - Arrive at the second location where the ships captain will cook your BBQ lunch served alongside fresh prawns, salads and fresh tropical fruit.  After your well-earned lunch, onto the second snorkel and dive explorations.  Enjoy another hour of learning, seeing and experiencing one of the world's natural wonders. 3pm - After more snorkelling or diving, your crew/guide will 'up anchor' and head for home back to Dunk Island. 4.30pm - Take a transfer on-board the 'Island Spirit' for a quick trip to mainland Mission Beach.

$241.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

W.H. Rainforest, Island, Waterfall Adventure - Mission Beach Overnight Tour

Barefoot Tours customises the timings of the day based on the customers and the weather that nature delivers that day… With only a few things slightly restricted by time like rafting & Dunk island.  Day 1: Enjoy a complimentary hotel pickup and transfer from your hotel or hostel, Cairns Northern Beaches (from 8:30 am) or Cairns City (from 9:30 am). Departing Cairns around 10 am we head south into the Wet Tropics National Park's. Visiting the historical Babinda Boulders, where you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing Babinda waters or you may wish to learn about the indigenous history and take a short rainforest walk to the devils pool, local tea and coffee will be served here with some yummy morning tea... Next we head to Josephine falls a short trip away, Josephine falls is most famous for its natural rock slide into the bottom freshwater pool & also it's stunning series of waterfalls that lead down to the natural rock slide. At Josephine falls most people opt for a chance at the natural rock slide and freshwater swim, after your swim our guides will have lunch prepared, which is a buffet style picnic meal with sandwiches & fresh fruit. In the afternoon we head to Mena Creek falls, this is where you are able to have a sneak peak of the beautiful and historical Paronella park (you may want to come back and do a separate tour later after our tour ends). Our final destination for day to is the Stunning Mission Beach where we will stay overnight... If we have time in the afternoon, you may want to ask our guide if they can take you to the locals popular Luggers Bay lookout or to hang out on the beach soaking in nature. After dinner then the night is yours...  Day 2: In the morning wake up to the smell of a typical Aussie breakfast, Bacon and eggs on toast, you may wish to opt for the vegan friendly pancakes with fresh fruit before we head to the beach for our boat transfer to Dunk Island. Dunk Island from 8am till 11:30am, snorkel gear included or you may want to do another walk to another lookout instead... the choice is yours. For the afternoon you can choose one of three activities (must be prebooked): • Stay at Dunk Island until 3:30pm • Opt for a Half Day Rainforest Raft with the legendary Wildside Adventures • Opt to jump out of a plane with Skydive Australia over the beautiful Mission BeachThis is the last activity for the day, and we meet up around 4pm to meet the rafters in Tully at 5ish, celebrate at the local pub before we make our way back to Cairns (approx. 2hrs away).