You’re more likely to spot cassowaries than a crowd at Mission Beach in Tropical North Queensland.
When people talk about Mission Beach in Queensland, they’re usually referring to the area that takes in the village of Mission Beach plus three other nearby towns - South Mission Beach, Bingil Beach, and Wongaling Beach. The latter is the largest town with a population of just over 1,000 people. There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Mission Beach such as white water rafting, swimming in the sparkling ocean, strolling along 8 miles (14 km) of unspoiled coastline and taking a day trip to nearby Dunk Island. Mission Beach is the perfect spot to disconnect with the pressures of modern life and reconnect with nature.
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Cairns is the closest airport to Mission Beach with domestic flights flying to and from most major Australian cities. There are regular long-distance buses that travel up and down the East Coast to Cairns, Townsville, Mission Beach and various other towns and cities.
There isn't much public transport around the Mission Beach region but the four major towns are within a 30-minute walk of each other. You need to join a tour or get a hire car to make the most of your time here.
Summer in Mission Beach is hot and humid and perfect for swimming. Spring and Autumn are cooler and the region tends to be quieter. Winter is ideal for those who don't enjoy humid temperatures and the weather is typically good. If you are visiting between October and May and swimming in the ocean, it is advisable to wear a 'stinger suit' to protect yourself from possible jellyfish stings.
Mission Beach is an off-the-beaten-track destination that is so laid back it's almost horizontal. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt to dinner is considered 'dressy' so leave your fancy clothes at home. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, swimmers and a hat and remember to bring any essentials as there are no major stores at Mission Beach.
Clothes that breathe are a good idea as Mission Beach can be humid, even in winter. Pretty much anything goes when it comes to dressing for dinner at this laid-back destination, provided it's (reasonably) clean.
In short, pretty much non-existent unless you're with Telstra, but that's a good thing. With nothing to distract you, it's easy to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this special place. Some accommodation providers offer Wi-Fi but it can be easier to treat your trip to Mission Beach as a chance to disconnect and de-stress.
If you only want to use it to take photos - sure - but it's unlikely you'll have a signal unless you're with Telstra (and even then your phone may or may not work). Think of your time at Mission Beach as an opportunity to disconnect and de-stress.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. Some of the walking trails and remote beaches at Mission Beach can make walking difficult for travelers who are less mobile on foot. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.