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Mission Beach

Green Meets Blue

sunny 30 °C

Leaving Cairns we headed south, stopping for apple pies again at Babinda then pushing on to Mission Beach where we set ourselves up at the council owned Cassowary Caravan Park. The facilities here were old but clean with beachfront camping and plenty of shade, all for $25 for a powered site. We spent 3 nights here and really enjoyed being able to swim in the ocean again after 5 months of traveling the top ends crocodile country. The marine stingers had not arrived yet and crocodiles don’t frequent the beach here as there are no mangroves for them to come ashore to breed and shelter in.

Mission Beach and the surrounding area is a beautiful lush green with rain forest and rolling green pastures dropping down to a stunning sandy beach with views out to Dunk Island and other nearby islands. Just up the road is Bingil Bay, a beautiful little town with a lovely beach and a small caravan park right on the water which we have added to our list of places to stay in the future. While checking out the fishermen trying their luck at the Clump Point jetty we saw a huge groper swimming around the pylons. The fish weren’t biting so the fishing rods stayed in the car.

One afternoon we ventured out to the nearby offshore islands on Fozzy’s Three Island Tour where you travel by boat and cruise by Dunk Island which has still not reopened after being ravaged by cyclone Yasi in 2011. The owners claimed the insurance payout, closed it down, and sold it to new owners who have refurbished most of it and look like reopening it in the near future. Next was Timana Island which was leased by a Melbourne family but the lease is up for renewal and is available to new occupants. Lastly we circumnavigated Bedarra Island which also copped a lot of damage from cyclone Yasi with one resort still closed and two others operating. Here we came ashore near the abandoned resort and spent some time exploring the beaches, swimming and snorkeling. We really enjoyed this tour, with the perfect weather, light winds and blue sky, and Kingy our skipper was a wealth of information on the islands and area in general.

Not far out of Mission Beach on our way to Airlie Beach we were stopped in our tracks by a cassowary with a chick wandering across the road and then five minutes later we were again stopped by another cassowary with three chicks in tow. We thought we had missed our chance of seeing a cassowary in the wild after not seeing any at Cape Tribulation but were rewarded with two encounters as we left cassowary coast. Mission Beach would be a great place to spend more time and enjoy it’s relaxed vibe and stunning scenery.

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Posted by OzJourney 23:10 Archived in Australia

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