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.
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.
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.
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.
Next stop: Atherton Tablelands