Mission Beach is one of those rare holiday destinations where tourism and respect for pristine natural environments go hand in hand to offer something very special.
Part of the Great Green Way, at Mission Beach, two World Heritage areas are side by side, as the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park meet the rainforest of the Wet Tropics. Islands of the family group lay just off shore and can be visited on day trips from Mission Beach.
Mission Beach is home to spectacular species such as the Ulysses butterfly, and is one of the few remaining habitats of the endangered Southern Cassowary. The prehistoric flightless bird, the third largest bird in the world, may be seen by visitors exploring the Mission Beach rainforest.
While the township is well known for its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, Mission beach is also a modern and thriving tourism destination offering all the facilities you would expect to see, such as:
Wide variety of restaurants offering a range of cuisines. These includes Millers Beach Bar & Grill and Nana Thai within walking distance. Mission Reef Resort and Spicy Thai within are only a 2 minute drive away and many others offering great choices within the Mission Beach area. Some of these restaurants offer a free pick-up of passengers
Numerous take away, cafe outlets and sidewalk coffee shops
Public bars and Bristros
Retail outlets galore including supermarkets, butchers, newsagents, greengrocers, liquor stores, Post Office, delicatessen, clothing stores, hairdressers, art gallery, dive shop, hardware store and there’s even a petrol station
Medical and dental centre
Churches and Religious venues
Plenty of parking
Local Markets are held at Mission Beach on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. These markets sell a great range of locally grown fruit and vegetables and crafts made by our local artists.
Monster Markets are held at MARCS Park on the last Sunday of each Month from April through to November. These markets attract stalls holders from all over the region as far as Kuranda and the Tablelands.
After the timber cutters came to the area over a century ago, farmers who introduced, amongst others, coffee, tea, bamboo, and mango plantations moved the area forward. The remnants can still be seen today. The difficulty in shipping produce to markets, combined with a devastating cyclone in 1918, led to a general demise in farming until a road to the area was built in 1936.
The fate of the indigenous Aboriginal inhabitants was similarly afflicted. Initially they were used as a cheap labour source by the white farmers but as they later came to prefer working for Chinese employers, who would often pay in opium, they came to be resented by the white settlers.
This led to the establishment of the Hull River Mission in 1914 (from where Mission Beach derives its name) which was destroyed by the 1918 cyclone.