Welcome to The Cassowary Coast
The Cassowary Coast, which stretches between Innisfail in the north and Cardwell and Hinchinbrook Island in the south, is for many travellers the epitome of a near-perfect tropical destination. Hidden between the tourist gateway of Cairns and the busy city of Townsville, and with a coastline that is, for the most part, bypassed by the Bruce Hwy that connects the two, the area doesn't attract the crowds that you get elsewhere along the Far North Queensland shore. In addition to immaculate beaches and buzzing seaside towns, such as Mission Beach, it has a fascinating hinterland with waterfalls, national parks and small villages never far from the water. And yes, this is the best place in the world to see the iconic cassowary, one of the world's largest and more curious-looking birds. Visitor centres in the area have leaflets outlining walking trails, swimming holes and camping grounds.