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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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Crab balls

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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Start as you intend to finish..

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach October 23rd 2012

Today we drove into Mission Beach which is less than 10 mins from where we are staying in Wongaling. We wondered around, went to the tourist information centre to pick up some leaflets and then went to a cafe to have a coffee and a milkshake. After that we decided to hire a kayak each and go in the sea. We rowed really far over to some rocks to try and spot some Turtles, we think we saw some small ones but aren't to sure! It was hard work rowing in the sea but really good fun! We went back to the campsite to plan the rest of our trip. We booked a quad bike tour for Thursday, can't wait! We've also booked wake boarding for next week in Cairns!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach September 30th 2012

Amazingly we stopped at Tully. on the way to Cairns and found we were just in time to join the sugar mill tour which was really interesting even if it did smell of molasses the whole way around! Discovered that it rains in Tully more than any other place in Australia and guess what it rained for a few minutes while we were there! Our first rain! Have just spent 3 wonderful days at Mission Beach The coast here is just beautiful with the beach 14kms long so we got out the bikes and road along the sand which was really good fun. Later we jumped quickly in and out of the water just to cool down as many locals said that the stingers have not arrived yet. Local Sunday market was on today with lots ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach September 13th 2012

Our next stop was Mission Beach, a very chilled out area that’s made up of five small beachside settlements. Upon our arrival, we went for a little drive to discover the area and promptly decided to stay put at Mission Bay Skydivers. This place is ace! The dropzone has teamed up with the backpacker’s hostel and together they call themselves a “skydiving resort”. And that’s essentially what they are! You don’t have to be up for throwing yourself out of a plane to stay there though – the caravan park is very affordable and we learnt that lot of people who plan to stay for just a couple of nights end up staying for six months! There are even homegrown salad vegetables and herbs that you can help yourself to, so I didn’t waste any time ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach June 11th 2012

Today was jump day!! We woke up at the crack of dawn not knowing what to expect! After a safetly briefing and harness check we were in the plane ascending to 14,000ft with no chance to back out! At this point Paul realised what he had gotten himself into and was starting to feel nervous where as Rachel could not stop grinning (wait till you see the DVD). Rach was the first to jump and Paul was first to land. We travelled over 200kph (approx 140mph) on the free fall which lasted over 60 seconds, it seemed much longer! Once the parachute was deployed we were able to admire the Great Barrier Reef below us! Rachel's instructor let her fly the parachute, he clearly didn't know what she's like! We landed safely on Mission Beach. (You ... read more
Paul on the way down...
Relax at last...
Best fun ever!




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