WELCOME TO THE CASSOWARY COAST
The Cassowary Regional Council
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council was formed in March 2008 as an amalgamation of the Cardwell
and Johnstone Shires. The region ranges from the mountainous western sector down to wetlands and
coastal flatlands. The Council has a unique location as it falls within two World Heritage Areas - the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.
The council population is around 30,000 and includes a range of ethnic groups, with significant sections of Italian, Finnish, Chinese, South Sea Islander and Hmong communities.
The administrative centre of the Council is based in Rankin Street, Innisfail.
Agriculture (sugar cane, bananas and tropical fruits) is the major industry within the region, with tourism the fastest growing new industry. Mission Beach a true treasure to discover and is situated on 14km’s of pristine golden sandy beaches and is the gateway to the Family Group of Islands. Located approximately mid-way between Cairns and Townsville, it is one of only few places in Australia where two World Heritage areas meet – the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Mission Beach is located closer than any other mainland point to the Great Barrier Reef allowing you more time underwater to explore this spectacular marine wonderland. Virtually unspoilt coral reefs await diving enthusiasts and first time snorkelers alike.
One of the biggest drawcards to Mission Beach is the World Heritage rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Sixty per cent of Australia’s butterflies can be found here, including the magnificent Birdwing and the Ulysses species.
Mission Beach is also home to the endangered Southern Cassowary, Australia’s largest flightless bird. Hikers will be tempted by a range of historical and invigorating walks, ranging from strolls to more challenging inclines. Popular tracks include Bicton Hill, Licuala Fan Palm Walk, and Lacey’s Creek.
Mission Beach has many great activities and day trips to offer such as:
- Skydive onto the beach
- Great Barrier Reef Trips including snorkeling & diving
- White water rafting on the Tully River
- Jet skiing tours around Dunk Island
- Deep Sea Fishing Tours or throw a line in at the jetty or boat ramp
- Visit multi award winning Paronella Park
- Rainforest Indigenous cultural experience
- Horse Riding along Kurrimine Beach
- Charter a cruise boat around the islands
- Kayaking tours
- Mamu Canopy Walk
- Murdering Point Winery
- Exotic Fruit tasting
- Tropical island picnics
- Waterfalls and fresh water swimming
- Sunset Sailing
- Sailing to the Reef
- Historical sites
Mission Beach is also a haven for rest and relaxation. Pamper yourself at the new beachfront Day Spa or one of the many professional beauty salons. Markets are held on alternate weekends and showcase local produce, clothing, arts and crafts. Restaurants and cafes will welcome you to indulge in some of the fresh local produce with indoor-outdoor settings by the beach.
Retreat to your humble abode or to luxurious comfort – Mission Beach offers a range of accommodation options. For those who appreciate luxury, stylishly appointed hilltop and beachfront resorts and holiday houses boast some of the most magnificent views overlooking Dunk Island and the Coral Sea. A great range of affordable accommodation suitable for families and large groups are also available which include beachside resorts, holiday apartments and houses. Enjoy hosted accommodation with a lovely selection of B&B’s. You may choose to opt for a family cabin at one of the great range of caravan parks or pitch a tent. Backpackers can stay and play, with a great choice Backpacker accommodation.
The Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre is located on the beachfront 200 metres outside Mission Beach village on the way to Bingil Bay. The visitor centre should be your first port-of-call when arriving in Mission Beach. We can find and book your accommodation and tours as well as giving you general advice on things to do and see to make your holiday more enjoyable.
The Visitor Centre offers a wide range of souvenirs and informative displays regarding the environment and wildlife in and around Mission Beach. We are lucky to have two World Heritage listed sites on our doorstep - the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Visitor Information Centre is open Monday - Saturday 9am to 4:45pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.