Welcome to Mission Beach
The rainforest meets the Coral Sea at Mission Beach, a tropical enclave of beach hamlets that has long threatened to take the Australian getaway circuit by storm, but never quite gets overrun. Somehow, this Coral Sea bolt-hole has maintained a beautiful balance between yoga living, backpacker bravado and eco-escape, plus it has Australia's highest density of cassowaries – this is your best chance to see this extraordinary bird. Hidden among World Heritage rainforest, a short 30km detour from the Bruce Hwy, Mission Beach is also one of the closest access points to the Great Barrier Reef, and is the gateway to Dunk Island. These are the traditional lands of the Djiru Aboriginal people.
While Mission's coastline seems to scream 'toe dip!', don't just fling yourself into the water any old where: stick to the swimming enclosures, lest you have a nasty encounter with a marine stinger…or a croc.