Just 30km north east of Tully lies the town of Mission Beach. In fact, the name may be used more loosely for a number of small localities scattered along the beach.
The hills behind the beach are covered with rainforest and peppered with holiday homes, while the beach itself is fringed with coconut palms. It is one of the few remaining places in North Queensland where the rainforest reaches the ocean. The rainforest is a refuge for that giant flightless bird, the cassowary, but your only sighting may be in town at the Big Cassowary. There are numerous walks through the rainforest including the Luff Hill Trail, a challenging walk which rewards with spectacular coastal views.
Mission Beach offers boat trips and transfers to many nearby islands, particularly Dunk Island. There is plenty to do locally, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, parachuting, scuba diving, guided rainforest walks, birdwatching, wildlife watching and Aboriginal tours.
Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.