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...more
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...more
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...Hinchinbrook Island, Garden Island, Goold Island,Brook Island, Bowden Island,Hudson Island,Kurrumbah Island,Wheeler Island,Bedarra Island,Thorpe Island, Kumboola Island, Mound...more
Blarneys offers excellent service, atmosphere and food. The menu is mostly meat dishes with some old favourites like steak and kidney pie. If you are looking for an initmate and cozy place for a romantic dinner then you cannot pass Blarney's.It's located south of Mission Beach and its not advisable to book unless you are staying overnight at...more
Horizons is located in South Mission Beach, so this article only relates to those who have a car park at Mission Beach. If you are exploring the mainland and wanting to relax then try Horizons for an intimate dinner or lunch overlooking a breathtaking view of the Family Group Islands and Dunk Island.Our lunch was delightful and the staff a credit...more
Cafe Coconutz is a laid back casual cafe with a small and intimate courtyard offering okay meals with an Asian flavour. The cafe turns into a bar after dark and its a fantastic place to hang out to meet other travelers and the locals. We had a fabulous night here enjoying some excellent company, especially with the colourful locals.Cafe Coconutz is...more
If wanting to escape from Dunk Island and explore Mission Beach for a day or night then hanging out at Shrubbery's is a cool idea. The tavern has a good size bar which offers a TV for watching your favourite game of footy or cricket. The outdoor restaurant is set amongst the tropical gardens overlooking the beach and swaying coconuts. The food was...more
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If you are driving to Mission Beach to get to Dunk Island here is a little list of info.Mission Beach to Cairns - approx 2hours.Mission Beach to Townsville - approx 3 hoursMission Beach to Tully - approx 70kmsMission Beach to Bingal Bay - 4.5kmsMission Beach to Wongaling Beach - 5kmsMission Beach to South Mission Beach - 5.5kmsmore
BY COACH. Coaches operate from Cairns Airport and Cairns city. Coaches leave Cairns for Mission Beach and Dunk Island connections. Contact any travel agent in Cairns for timetables. www.premierms.com.au or www.greyhound.com.auMission beach also has a local daily bus service which runs from Bingal Bay to Sth Mission Beach.For bookings from Mission...more
BY Plane- Regular 3 daily flights operate from Cairns Airport to Dunk Island, it takes 45minutes with Hinderland Aviation. All Australian cities have regular flights to Cairns. www.qantas.com.au www.virginblue.com.au www.jetstar.com.au Bookings must be booked through Voyages Tel: 1300 134 044 or www.voyages.com.auPlease note passengers on...more
A ATM and an EFTPOS facility is located on the island, postal service is also available. An inter-net kiosk is supplied too. The small Blue Butterfly Boutique Shop sells basic pharmacy items and souvenirs. Its located just near the Butterfly Pool.
The blue Ulysses butterfly is the famous island symbol. With a wingspan of up to 10 centimetres, making it one of the largest butterflies in Australia, and maybe the most beautiful.The Ulysses butterfly inhabits tropical rainforest areas and suburban gardens. It flies high above the rainforest canopy, landing in clearings for only a few seconds on...more
Irukandji – If in doubt of what stinger was involved, apply vinegar immediately to the sting. Observe airway, breathing and circulation. Make sure the patient rests and send for urgent medical assistance. Note that the symptoms of an Irukandji sting can take around minutes to develop. You will see bottles of vinegar on all Stinger Beaches which is...more
• Stingers - Box Jellyfish or Irukandji. - Stinger season is between October to May. • Found in Northern Queensland, Northern Territory, and Northern Western Australia.PLEASE READ ALL LIFE-SAVING SIGNS AND WARNINGS>. The Irukandji (Carukua barnesi) inhabits Northern Australian waters. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimeters in...more
If you are on a budget or happen to be backpackers or budget travelers then I highly recommend you stay at Mission Beach and save some $$$$$$ and just visit Dunk Island as a day guest.
Luggage and bags:
If arriving by plane passengers on connecting scheduled flights to Dunk Island may be limited to one suitcase and one small carry-on item of hand luggage each. A limit of 16kg applies (subject to loading restrictions). So travel lightly.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring swimmers, flip flops, shorts, t/shirts and a umbrella, remember its the topics and it does get extremely hot and humid in summer. Good walking shoes if taking any of the walking tracks around Dunk Island.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own medication.
Photo Equipment: Dunk Island is a fantastic spot for photo's, so bring all your photo equipment with you.
cbIf 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...more
A walk from the jetty to the Swinging Bridge will take you 15-20 minutes. If you are more energetic you can continue up to the top of Mt Kootaloo that large mountain there is a viewing platform and you can get some magnificent views of the islands and the surrounding areas.From the jetty to the top of Kootaloo and back to the jetty is a return trip...more
Dunk Island owns the only 18 hole island golf course in Australia. Open since July 2003.As a National Park within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Dunk Island's golf course had to meet stringent environmental guidelines. This golfing course makes clever use of topography and was created without major earthworks or extensive planting of imported...more
The thing about dunk island is if you want to completely unwind and relax its the perfect place to go, but, also if you want to try some water sports and golf, and hiking then theres that too. Whatever your preferences are you'll find a really nice welcome at dunk. Even though there are lots of activities available, it is soooooo peaceful. You...more