Mission Beach is a natural mid-way point between Townsville and Cairns. The township is made up of four beach villages, South Mission Beach, Wongaling, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay, all linked by 14 kilometres of wide golden beach. It is a perfect base to relax and explore this unspoilt natural environment. Mission Beach reminds you of how beautiful little beachside towns can be, blending vibrant art and culture with unique tourism attractions.
Castaways Resort & Spa is the ultimate beachfront escape and your home for the next 3 nights.
Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, this resort is the perfect destination for couples, families, or friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach, you have found your own tropical little paradise right here!
With an action-packed 3 days, you will Snorkel or Scuba Dive and experience the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef system in its’ most natural state.
Pack a picnic and spend a day discovering the natural beauty of Dunk Island with your included Water taxi transfer to the island.
Raise your heart rate with an unforgettable rafting experience in your own self-steered Sports Raft. An unforgettable experience of fun, adrenaline and laughter awaits as you navigate through grade 2 and 3 rapids of the stunning Tully River.
Check into your tropical beachfront paradise resort. Explore the beach or take a dip in the gorgeous pool before your white Water Rafting at midday if you have time.
Your adventure begins with a lovely drive to the spectacular Tully Gorge, you’ll meet your experienced wild guides for the day with introductions and a big smile. If you are lucky you may see a Cassowary along the way. Change rooms and toilets are available at the Rec park. Here we unload the rafts, kit you up and talk you through some handy rafting instructions before pairing you up in your rafts. If you are confident and there are enough rafts, we’ll even let you go on your own!
We enter the Tully river in a beautiful calm section of the Gorge. Here our expert guides will show you everything you need to know to become a ‘White water warrior.’ When we are all happy….the fun begins….
We start off with our ‘practice rapid’. A nice span of small rapids to let you practice your paddling and turns and give you a feel for the water, your raft and for things to come. Our guides will be with you every step of the way – showing you the best way to go and what to look out for. Stretches of calm separates each group of rapids where the sights and sounds of nature connect you back to the wild. Ulysses butterflies, birds of prey, rainbow bee eaters are a common sight. Focus and you will see so much more as you cruise through 410 million-year-old rainforests.
The scenery alone is worthy of the experience. But don’t get too distracted – here come some rapids – woo hoo!
Rapids get a little bigger and trickier, you’ll watch the water currents, dodge rocks, steer your raft to take the rapids head on, crash through a wall of foaming water, and emerge drenched but euphoric at the feeling of the conquest, and eager for more. And more you shall get..…With each rapid comes more confidence, more control and more excitement. You may go in, you may not, but that’s how nature rolls, and one things for certain, what nature teaches you, will be with you forever.… what you learn about yourself is priceless….Welcome ‘White Water Warrior’ You paddled, conquered and survived the Wildside.
With any luck by the time we load the rafts onto the trailer, the grin on your face may have relaxed enough to wrap your lips around a nice cold beer, Change into some dry clothes, and relax for your cruisy ride back to civilisation.
After Breakfast, make your way to Wongaling Beach where you will board Island Spirit from the beach. Wear your swimmers as you have to walk through water to your knees to board!!
Just a quick 10 minute transfer will land you onto beautiful Dunk Island where you will board ‘MV Reef Goddess’. ‘Island Spirit’ is a fully enclosed custom built passenger transfer vessel designed specifically for beach landing.
After introductions and safety briefing from your captain, we depart Brammo Bay at Dunk Island and head off to the East sitting on 18 knots reaching our first reef location in under 11/2 hours.
In the water at our first Outer Great Barrier Reef location (our locations are determined on the day to suit weather conditions). You will have an hour exploring our untouched reefs with our crew on hand to assist with your gear and getting going. Our free snorkel briefing will cover what to do and what not to do to ensure yoursafety and enjoyment at the reef.
Depart for a 1/2 hour cruise to our second snorkel location and lunch preparation.
Arrive at our second location, where the ship’s captain will cook your BBQ lunch served alongside fresh prawns, salads and fresh tropical fruit. After your well earned lunch, onto the second of our snorkel and dive explorations. Another hour of learning, seeing and experiencing one of the worlds natural wonders.
After another hours snorkelling, your crew will ‘up anchor’ and head for home back to Dunk Island.
Transfers onboard ‘Island Spirit’ for a quick trip to mainland Mission Beach.
It’s a lazy start today. Have a sleep in, a morning swim or walk on the beach before making your way to Wongaling Beach for your Dunk Island water taxi transfer.
Dunk Island for an independent day excursion to this beautiful tropical island. Located between Townsville and Cairns, Dunk Island has great snorkeling and fishing, walking trails that lead through the rainforest, and sandy beaches perfect for lounging. Ride in a fully-enclosed 33-foot (10-meter) ferry that transports you over the blue waters of the Coral Sea to the island in just ten minutes.
On the island, you have the afternoon to explore and relax at your leisure. Dunk Island is home to walking tracks, natural scenery, snorkelling facilities, and the Sunset Bar, which is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, long weekends, and all school holidays from 10am onward, providing a place to have a bite to eat and a cold drink with the sand between your toes (food, drinks, and any activities are at your own expense).
Choose from three different walks, if you wish: a short walk to snorkel at Muggy Muggy Beach, a 2-hour round-trip journey to the top of Mt Kootaloo with views down to the family group of islands and back to Mission Beach, or continue on the Island Circuit Track for about 5.5 miles (9 km) to check out the Valley of the Palms and Coconut Beach.
When your time on the island is up, board the ferry for the quick trip back to the mainland, where the crew will hose the sand off your feet before saying goodbye.
It’s time to say goodbye to Mission Beach.
If you want to test your limits, this morning is the perfect opportunity to Ski Dive. Mission Beach is one of the most beautiful place to Ski Dive with the Rainforest on one side and Great Barrier Reef on the other and this optional activity is one you will remember forever!
Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, our resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach you have found your own tropical little paradise right here!
The perfect room for a couple or a small family. Our Beachfront Resort rooms feature 1 queen bed & 1 single, desk and en-suite bathroom with shower or bath. All rooms have a private balcony or garden patio overlooking the beach front and Dunk Island. Our Resort rooms and bathrooms went through a refurbishment in June 2014.
UPGRADE FOR $30 PER NIGHT
Perfect for a couple! Our Coral Sea Resort room offers that little bit of extra space both in the living area & on the balcony.
Our Beachfront Coral Sea Resort room features a queen size bed, desk area, small lounge & en-suite bathroom with shower or bath. Relax on the extended balcony with a day bed & stunning views over the beach & Dunk islands.
Price based on low season. Surcharge of $30 per night applies for high season stay.
Free cancellation up to 14 Days prior to arrival.
In the event of cancellation due to restrictions imposed by the Queensland and Federal Governments regarding COVID-19. We will assist you to move your booking if appropriate or provide a refund if no alternative date can be provided.
Activity Start Time:
Half Day Rafting 12pm – Pickup from Castsaways Resort
Dunk Island water taxi transfer: 11am – Depart from 71 Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach
Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise: 8am – Depart from 71 Banfield Parade, Wongaling Beach