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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach December 8th 2015

Day 9 This morning I slept till 6 wooooo! We went for brekkie about 7:30 then headed out to Paronella Park which is a 'castle' (I use the term loosely - don't picture Buck House or anything!) which was built on the side of Mena Creek Falls by a Spanish guy called Jose Paronella! He came here in 1913 and made his money buying and selling cane farms! His dream was to build a sanctuary/retreat or restful and fun place for people out here! (It later became a place for people to come during WWII and the depression!) He was also the first person to bring electricity to the area in the form of a hydro generator thing powered by the falls! Because of this electricity his wife Margarita was able to run a cafe selling ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach August 14th 2015

Another lovely Australian day! We woke up early again. This is our norm now. It gets dark so much earlier here than we are used to in our Northern Hemisphere summer that by the time 9pm rolls around we are wiped out! May also have something to do with us being so active in our daytime hours. :-) We didn't have to check out until 10am, so we enjoyed the amazing included breakfast buffet, then lounged around the resort before catching the ferry back to Townsville, grabbing our car, and heading north again. We didn't have a plan other than to land in Mission Beach tonight, so we took our time on the route. We stopped in a town called Ingham where we consulted Trip Advisor to recommend a good lunch place. Wow, did we hit ... read more
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View of the Valley
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach April 16th 2015

Arriving in the early morning at Mission Beach, we enjoyed our breakfast on the cute terrace of our hostal. We decided to spend the afternoon in the very small centre of Mission Beach, which didn't had too much to offer except a good cup of coffee and internet. Afterwards, we went for a walk on the beautiful beach where we tried to improved a bit our selfie skills, but without succes. Mission Beach has the highest density of cassowaries (around 40) in Australia roaming the rainforest, but of course we haven't seen one! So our mission here has falled.... read more
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Rainforest tumbling onto the beach
Selfie at the beach :-)

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach March 23rd 2015

Hi Bloggers, Today we travelled to Mission beach; we left Cairns at 7.25am and arrived at 9.30am. At Mission Beach we were shown our room and around the hostel (Absolute backpackers), and found it to be nicer than the trip advisor reports. It was packed even early in the morning. We decide to head to Woolworths straightaway to buy breakfast, lunch and tea for the day. We seemed to look at the bargain buckets first to work out what is cheap!!! We took a free shuttle bus 5km further north where they have a few shops and a gorgeous beach that we couldn’t swim in due to stingers (Jellyfish). We walked around Mission beach but its small so walked to a viewpoint over the ferry jetty and took some nice photos. In the afternoon we played ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach January 20th 2015

Just done another day out in a boat, this time we went on a family run boat with three guys one of whom looked like Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates Of The Caribbean. When we turned up I thought they were a right rum lot but actually as the day went on they were really good guys and made sure that you got the most out of your day and were very knowlegable about the reef it's fish, corals and the changing environment and how we are destroying it. All snorkellers were given strict instructions not to stand on the coral and to give the crew their credit if anyone did stand on it they were picked up in the little boat and not allowed back in the water. This is because apparently most of ... read more
Baz in his stinger suit
Fabo view, shame about the woman in the hat!
Get aload of this mates! Crickey!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach October 9th 2014

Arriving in Townsville we head straight for the caravan repair yard and our water pump is replaced,we are now fully self contained again.We went back to the caravan park we had stayed at previously and spent a couple of days washing and trying to get the dirt and dust off the car and caravan before heading for Mission Beach, which meant heading north passing through a town called Tully which we will return to and explore. Mission beach is a collection of 4 small towns or hamlets stretched along a length of beach some 14 kilometres long, each with their own character.The main town called Mission Beach is the hub of this community having a collection of shops including a post office, although the main shopping area with the only service station is some 4ks away. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach July 26th 2013

We had planned, as usual, to leave early on the Monday morning and get there early to have a look around before checking in. However, over the last few weeks, we had started to hear a grinding sound coming from Sheila’s front passenger tyre which had gradually got worse and worse. We suspected the brake pad had worn down and Craig had a quick look under the car and confirmed that the brake pad had pretty much worn away to nothing and had started eroding away the brake disc. It was annoying knowing that we would be selling the car within the next couple of weeks that we might now have to spend money on it, but we figured it was better to be safe than sorry knowing that we would still be using it for ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach November 21st 2012

From Cairns we hopped on a 2 hour bus to mission beach at 7:25am... Mission beach is a very big place and we had met some people in Cairns that reccomended we stay at scottys beach house if we wanted to party or Mission beach retreat if we wanted to chill. We were good boys and decided to stay at mission beach retreat which was a great decision. We were in the middle of nowhere in a town that seemed like it had about 7 people living in it. It was really nice to relax (and not drink anything!). The beach was the closest thing to paradise that I have ever seen and it went on for miles, for the first time in my life I had felt warm sea which was really weird and also ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach November 17th 2012

Since living in Cairns, we have always wanted to visit the popular Mission Beach. To celebrate Brad's birthday, we booked a couple of nights staying at a B&B in Wongaling Beach (just South of Mission Beach). We found out long after booking this accommodation that the total solar eclipse was to happen in Cairns while we were down there, and Mission Beach was expected to only see a partial eclipse. Ahhh the irony of actually living in Cairns where the total solar eclipse was happening, but accidentally planning a trip to take us out of the total eclipse zone for that particular day. We arrived at our accommodation at about 7pm, having left after work from Cairns. The place is called Boutique Bungalows, and I couldn't recommend this place highly enough to anyone planning a trip ... read more
A not so total solar eclipse...
Boutique Bungalows
Baby wallaby!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach November 10th 2012

Mission Beach Nov 2012 Our trip down to Mission Beach from Flying Fish Point was uneventful and filled with anticipation. As we had traversed this stretch a few time to explore the beaches and bays, our thoughts were mostly with Matt and Penny who we would be picking up from Cairns airport in a couple of days time. Mission Beach is an unspoilt spot on the coast where nature takes centre stage. With its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by the rainforest this was going to be a great week. Mission Beach has 14 kilometres of sandy beaches, so it was easy to find a quiet place to relax and swim in the Coral Sea which was really warm here. Jackie loved walking along the beach and quickly acquired a new hunting ... read more
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They have arrived !
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