This is Australia: Mission Beach QLD

It’s been a few years since we were up this way, but Mission Beach in North Queensland certainly hasn’t lost any of its laidback charm. The beach is long, lined with coconut and palm trees and begs to be walked. There’s a smattering of cafes and boutique shops. And very few people. Idyllic? You bet.

We spent four nights at the Dunk Island View Caravan Park doing very little; walking on the beach, hiking up Bicton Hill, reading and napping, eating out and visiting El Arish.

Views to Dunk Island from Bicton Hill. The walk is a 4km circuit and takes 2 hrs

Dunk Island is a 10 minute ferry ride from the mainland. The island’s resort was damaged by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and is still not operational. Word is the company tasked with the repairs bought up a number of properties in Mission Beach for their workers, but like plans everywhere, covid has put them on hold.

When the weather behaves (and it didn’t during our stay since strong winds and rough seas dominated), visitors can go to Dunk Island for the day or to camp.

More views from Bicton Hill
Crocodile warning. The beach is safe, creeks are not
Cassowaries are out and about. Only about 100 inhabit the area and they are protected.
Stinger warning. Irukandji jellyfish are deadly during summer months. Inside the box is valuable fresh water.
Downtown Mission Beach – very unbusy
A magnificent view
An easy place to park the camper trailer for a few nights.

Mission Beach got its name from an aboriginal mission that was set up here in 1914 and destroyed by a cyclone in 1918. The mission’s short history is a disturbing one. A pity since Mission Beach is such a beautiful place.

Fresh fruit abounds here in North QLD

Not far from Mission Beach is the township of El Arish named after an Egyptian city where the Australian Light Horsemen were dispatched in 1916. Streets take the names of Australian WWI generals.

El Arish Tavern had just opened for the day when we pulled into town. The publican and the locals at the bar were most welcoming.
El Arish rail station is now a small digger museum

Next stop: Atherton Tablelands

2 thoughts on “This is Australia: Mission Beach QLD

  1. Keep up the interesting history. I stayed at Mission Beach years ago and thought what beautiful scenary and areas to visit. Love the pics. You sound like you are really enjoying yourselves as well as some of your past history. Bev
    Do not know how to do stickers on my computer xxoo

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  2. Hi Wendy & Tony, what a beautiful town, your photos look stunning. Your camp site looks very cosy as well. Great to see you are both taking time out to chill. Stay safe and enjoy the road ahead.

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