Mission Beach is home to the Cassowary a huge flightless bird which is listed as a endangered species. We never saw one which was unfortunate, as we did look seriously around whilst walking the bush/ rainforest tracks. There are signs everywhere saying "please drive carefully" as most of the Cassowary's have been killed by cars.
There are some other fabulous birds to look out for if visiting Mission Beach like the Australian Ibis, HuntingSea Eagle, Black-necked Stock, Brahming Kite and many many more.
For Bird watching tours - www.riveratcruises.com.au
extra information regarding birds at Mission beach - www.cassawongcottages.com.au/Rainforest_Birds.html
So hop into a water taxi to or ferry and visit Mission Beach. (10mins)
You will have two choice to access this exclusive Island by boat or by plane. I choose the boat which was enjoyable cruise with paradisiac sceneries. What a change compare to my last Swiss lake cruise on a paddle steam boat...
I start my cruise from Cardwell which make my maritime journey longer.
Dunk Island is situated 4.5km offshore from the small coastal town of Mission Beach . The shortest way to get on the Island by boat is from Mission Beach. The QuickCat departs from Clump Point Jetty at Mission Beach to Dunk Island Jetty. Transfer time is approximately 25 minutes. Mission Beach is approximately 2 hours by road south of Cairns.
Dunk Island is one of the most beautiful tropical rainforest island around Australia. So try to not miss it.
From Cardwell, I saw many other temptation Islands as...
and finally reach the right one: Dunk Island.
Dunk Island is the largest island in a chain of 13 islands extending approximately 14 km in length named The Family Group.
I stayed on Dunk Island resort and decided to give their 9 hole golf course a go. I am far from being a pro and I was amazed by the stunning views and I have to say I was impressed by design of the course, some holes were real challenges. I paid $20 which included club hire, green fees, 3 golf balls and also a bottle of water. If you stay on Dunk Island resort I can highly recommend the golf course.
If you ever wanted to experience a little bit of paradise then I highly recommend you visit Mission Beach. There are so many attractions to keep any keen traveller or naturalist totally occupied and engaged, the beauty is overwhelming with the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, Dunk Island and forgotten private islands scattered endlessly over the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea.
Mission beach has an abundance of National Parks and endless array of beaches; with beautiful untouched pristine land; endless array of wildlife including the majestic Cassowary bird. A thousand more bird species whispering sweet sounds to the rainforest and trees makes this place a natural paradise.
With its welcoming laid back village and colourful local characters makes Mission an unforgettable experience. If you have a little “Hippy “or beach bum inside your own character then you will slip perfectly into Mission Beach.
Murray Falls is located South of Tully approx 25kms off the Bruce Highway. This is a fantastic spot to swim and enjoy the wonders of crystal clear cool swimming holes. BBQ and toilet facilites are available.
So hop into a water taxi from Dunk Island and pick-up a car.
Take a stroll through Alligators Nest State Forest located in Tully, which lies approx 70kms from Mission Beach.
There are NO Crocs or Alligators but just a beautiful cool stream and pool with BBQ facilities. So bring your swimmers and camera.
If you have travelled to Mission Beach by car for Dunk Island and want some other activities available which is not supplied on the island, then hop onto a water taxi and pick-up your car and drive to Tully.
White water rafting can be found at Tully Gorge which is approx 70 mins from Mission Beach. If you are a adventurous traveler and love to experience some fun then you can do a day trip from Mission Beach to Tully Gorge with Raging Thunder Adventures or RR White Water Rafting. The town of Tully also offers good white water tours.
The Family Group Islands are located south of Dunk Island, some of the islands are privately owned others are National Parks. The Family Group Islands consist of Hudson, Bowden, Coombe, Smith and Wheeler islands. You can hire a private boat or charter boat from Voyages or at Mission Beach to explore the sights of these wonderful tropical paradise islands.
If you love the water then Voyages have every water activity available for hire or use for day guests and resident guests. Charges apply for some activities.
List of sporting activities available.
Guided Jet-ski Tours
Sea Kayak Tours
The list is absolutely endless.
For families Voyages offer excellent facilities for children at the Kids Club. The club caters for children between the age of 3- 12years of age.
There are plenty of activities available to keep any kid amused for a half or full day. Voyages even have their own farm, and offer rainforest discovery walks and arts and crafts activities. A wonderful outdoor park is on offer too.
At night time whilst the parents are indulging in a romantic dinner the kids can be totally entertained with excellent games and even disco parties.
Dunk Island Resort also offers tennis courts for those who love a sweaty game. Information about booking the courts can be found at the Sports Centre or at reception. Booking is advisable in peak season.
Lessons are also available. There are two outdoor tennis courts and one indoor court.
The best activity on Dunk Island is taking a walk along one of the tracks which are available on the island. The best one being walking to the top of Mt Kootaloo to see the beautiful views surrounding Dunk Island. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and good walking shoes with you...and of course your camera. There are also lots of easier walks around the island. At the ferry wharf you will see a big map of the walks that can be done on Dunk Island. A member of Voyages staff will go through the different options available to you when you debark from the ferry or when you book into the resort.
The Spa of Peace & Plenty is the perfect place to treat yourself, there are heaps of different massages available like the Elemis Aroma Stone Massage and the deep tissue massage. Facials and every other treatment imaginable is available at the Spa of Peace & Plenty.
Dunk Island has a large 18 hole golf course just located near the airstrip. All equipment can be hired from Voyages resort on Dunk Island. So guys, book your girlfriend or wife into the Day Spa whilst you have a round of golf........
The sports activity shop for information can be located just near the ferry wharf.