The seaside township of Mission Beach, Australia, is located between the northern Queensland cities of Cairns and Townsville. Mission Beach is Tropical North Queensland’s closest mainland point to the Great Barrier Reef. The beautifulDunk Island, Bedarra Island and the Family Group Islands sit only a few kilometers offshore.
Mission Beach is a unique holiday destination where the wonders of world heritage rainforest meet the blue waters of the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. Mission Beach is best known for its three awe-inspiring environments, comprising:
- fourteen kilometres of pristine sandy beach
- world-heritage listed rainforest which is home to the endangered cassowary, and
- the Great Barrier Reef, only a short boat trip away.
Mission Beach has a small country town feel, with a population in the vicinity of 3000. The township is made up of the villages of Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach. The town is laid back but has so much to offer local and overseas travellers. Local activities include skydiving, white water rafting, sea kayaking,SCUBA diving, snorkelling, walking tracks and secluded beaches. To locate accommodation use our Mission Beach accommodation finder which will show you on a map the location of the accommodation and any places of interest in the vicinity.
Getting To Mission Beach
The drive to Mission Beach takes you through the heart of the Australian sugar cane and banana farming areas and past some of north Queensland’s most impressive rainforest National Parks. Once in Mission Beach you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, and Dunk Island.
Have a look at this great Google Map of Mission Beach and its surrounds. You can see that Mission Beach is located almost centrally between the north Queensland cities of Cairns and Townsville. Zoom in to see a detailed map of Mission Beach, zoom out to see how you can find us when you are travelling down from Cooktown, Cape Tribulation, the Daintree, Cairns and Innisfail or up from Tully, Cardwell and Townsville.
The Bruce Highway is Highway No. 1 and as you can see from the map Mission Beach is located only 10km off the main highway.
Pop in to see us when you arrive in Mission Beach and we will give you a free map of Mission Beach and the Great Green Way.
You can’t actually fly into Mission Beach, no runways, no loud plane noises to interrupt your holiday! The air arrival points are either Townsville or Cairns. The Mission Beach Information Station will be easily able to organise your transfers from either airport for your two hour drive to Mission Beach or you could do the drive yourself and stop off at some amazing sights on the way.
Mission Beach is on the route for the main bus operators Greyhound and Premier and a local company, Mission Beach Dunk Island Connections. The buses run several times every day and the bus-stop is right outside our shop!
Greyhound operates 9 services a day into and out of Mission Beach. Bookings can be made via the Greyhoundwebsite or through the Mission Beach Information Station.
Premier run 2 services a day: south bound at 9.25am and north bound at 5.20pm. If departing from Cairns you will need to be at the Lake Street stop at 7.00am for a 7.25am departure. Tickets are available direct from Premier on 13 34 10 or through the Mission Beach Information Station.
Mission Beach Dunk Island Connections are a local company that offer a bus service running 3 times daily both north and south stopping at Silky Oaks, Port Douglas, Cairns Northern Beaches, Cairns CBD, Cairns Airport, Innisfail, Mission Beach and (via the ferry) Dunk Island. Please contact us for an up-to-date timetable and prices.
The nearest railway station is located in Tully (22 kilometres inland from Mission Beach). Services include the Sunlander and the Tilt Train. A taxi service is available to transfer clients from Tully to Mission Beach and the cost is approximately $55 for a vehicle that can seat up to 4 passengers. For more information contact QRail direct on 13 16 17 or book through the Mission Beach Information Station and we’ll give you advice on your best options.