Natural World Activities
Originally created in the 1930's by José Paronella, a man with a dream, Paronella Park continues to be enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Jose Paronella’s dream was to build a castle which you really must experience.
Day Tour Suggestions - Babinda Area - The Boulders - Josephine Falls
83 Kilometers north from Mission Beach on the Bruce Highway, is the town of Babinda. Based on the sugar industry, it is known for its high rainfall, and sits at the base of Queensland’s highest mountains, Mt. Bartle Frere and Mt. Bellenden Ker. These rainforest, jungle clad mountains host several popular picnic, swimming areas and walking trails.
Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway
The Mamu rainforest is the homeland of the Ma:Mu Aboriginal people. Many generations of Ma:Mu people have lived here - they have a strong and enduring connection with their rainforest country.
The Mamu walkway allows visitors to explore the rainforest and heritage from the forest floor to the canopy, in comfort and safety.
Tully Sugar Mill Guided Tours
The guided Tully Sugar Mill Tours are certainly a must do whilst visiting the Wet Tropics, learn about its colourful and interesting history and the inside workings of one of Australia’s largest Sugar Mills by joining this terrific Tour of the Tully Sugar Mill.
Mission Beach is a beautiful treasure on the North Queensland coast and the best way to explore this unique area is by bicycle. Smell the flowering native trees and shrubs and find wildlife at a pace you can enjoy.
We can arrange for the bikes to be delivered to your accommodation!
Great Picnic Spots
A beautiful rainforest stream for swimming and picnics. BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities, crystal clear water and magnificent surroundings (6.7 klm from Tully). Turn right into Tully from the Highway into Butler Street, the main access. The first right again into Murray Street, following the cane train tracks. There are two more right hand turns, and the road is called Murray Street all the way. Continue on this road until you see the sign for ‘Alligators Nest State Forest Park’, where you turn left. From Tully to this point has been 5.8 klm. It is only a further 800 metres to the car park, picnic and beautiful swimming spot. No kiosk and definitely NO crocodiles or alligators!
You can either return via the same route into Tully, or at the ‘Alligators Nest State Forest Park’ continue straight ahead. Continue over the Bookal Bookal Creek. “Look Out for Trains Crossing”. Take the first right at the sign saying “Feluga”. Travel past the Feluga School and onto the Feluga Hotel on the corner (5 klm from the Alligators Nest Sign). Follow the road “LOOK OUT FOR TRAINS - DANGER” , over the lines and onto the Highway.
You can either travel straight across the Highway and head back towards Mission Beach via the East Feluga Road which is the most direct way, turn right towards Tully and turn at the Mission Beach turn off, or left towards El Arish and take the Mission Beach turn off.
Approximately 44 klm inland from Tully on a sealed road. Drive up Butler Street, turn left at the Post Office into Bryant Street. Drive till you pass the cemetery and brick works, and follow the directions.
You travel through banana plantations, cattle grazing country and rainforest. After the road crosses the Tully River, you are entering the Gorge itself, which is an outstanding example of a tropical rainforest gorge. There are excellent views from the sealed road which traverses the Gorge up to Cardstone and the Kareeya Power Station.
The Tully River is renowned for white water rafting which operates throughout the year. There are marked viewing areas for watching the white water rafting action, viewing times are approximately 1pm and 2pm daily. At the entrance to the gorge there is a beautiful camping area on the river with BBQ facilities, and safe for swimming. No Kiosk.
These falls, among the prettiest in North Queensland with their 30 m drop, spectacular sculptured rocks and crystal clear rock pools can be viewed from an easily accessible platform.
Turn from the Highway 18 kilometers south of Tully. It is well sign posted. Travel approximately 22 klms to the camping and picnic area, where you can also enjoy swimming, walking and BBQ facilities. The drive takes you through the Murray Upper region which is a banana and lychee growing area.
Paronella Park - Mena Creek
Travel north on the Highway towards Innisfail, and turn left from the Highway at Silkwood (7 Klm from El Arish/Mission Beach turn-off). Follow the signs to Japoonvale, (a further 12 klm) through wonderful scenery and this historic sugar growing area. Follow the signs from Japoonvale to Mena Creek (10 klm).
The delightful area of Mena Creek is where Jose Paronella fulfilled his dreams building a magnificent Spanish Castle, and planting thousands of trees to establish a romantic garden. Set on 13 acres of rainforest, this is a delightful place to picnic, swim near the falls, feed the ducks and fish, spot turtles, watch the birds and butterflies, take a guided tour and visit the museum and craft shop. Picnic facilities, toilets, kiosk. Entrance fee charged into park.
Council picnic area on opposite side of Creek allows access for swimming, toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities if you don’t wish to enter the Park. Walking distance to Mena Creek Hotel, General Store and Post Office. Gas and Ice available at the General Store. Easy access for swimming is via a concrete walk , with some stairs, which takes you down to the pontoon from where you can swim over to the falls.
Return on a different route via South Johnstone (8 ½ klm away) to the Highway, then south to El Arish and the turn-off to Mission Beach.
Rotary Park - Wongaling Beach
Toilets, gas BBQ’s, picnic tables, under cover shelter, good views of Dunk Island, absolute beachfront.
Allan Wheatley Memorial Park - Wongaling Beach
Wood BBQ’s, picnic tables, toilets (disabled catered for), under cover shelter, children’s play area, good views of Dunk Island, absolute beachfront.
Toilets, under cover shelter, BBQ facilities, picnic tables, on the beach
Toilets (across the road). BBQ facilities, picnic tables on the beach
On the beach at the end of Seaview Street, to the north of Castaways Resort and the Stinger Net (November to May). Picnic tables and toilet facilities and Takeaway Food Kiosk.
Local Walking Tracks - Bicton Hill Walk
Bicton Hill Walk is 4.5 km north of of Mission Beach Village on the Bingil Bay Road.
This four kilometer circuit track up Bicton Hill at Bingil Bay is in the Clump Mountain National Park, and has unsurpassed views and an enormous variety of rare rainforest plants and animal life.
Local Walking Tracks - Licuala Fan Palm Walk
Licuala Fan Palm Walk is accessed from the Tully –Mission Beach Road.
Take along Morning Tea and sit amidst the lush greenery of Licuala Fan Palms. This is a spectacular walk featuring a 10 -15 metre high canopy of Licuala Fan Palms.
The walk is a flat easy walk.
Local Walking Tracks - Lacey Creek Walk
Lacey’s Creek Walk is approximately 7.5km from Mission Beach Village along the Mission Beach – El-Arish Road. Lacey’s Creek offers you crystal clear waters running over pebble stones. There are picnic tables, BBQ’s and toilet facilities for your convenience.
Cassowaries are often spied at Lacey’s Creek.
Local Walking Tracks - Dunk Island
Dunk Island, like the other Family Islands, is cloaked in a mosaic of dense rainforest in protected gullies and wet slopes. Eucalypt forest, with an understorey of palms, occurs on drier more exposed ridges. There are three wonderful walking tracks to suit all levels of fitness.
Local Walking Tracks - Musgravea Track
The Musgravea Track is a longer multi-use track for walkers and mountain-bike riders.
This track heads north from the car park at the Licuala Walking Track and exits on to the El Arish–Mission Beach road about 2 km east of the Lacey Creek Walking Track
Local Walking Tracks - The Ulysses Link and Cutten Brothers' Walking Tracks
The Ulysses Link walking track commences on the beachfront at Mission Beach Village. It is named for the brilliant blue Ulysses butterflies, the 1.5km Ulysses Link Walking Track winds its way along the breathtaking foreshore.
The track meanders north to Clump Point where it meets up with The Cutten Brothers’ Walking Track.
The Cutten Brothers’ Walking Track commemorates the first white settlers.
Day Tour Suggestions - Waterfalls Galore
The Tableland has breathtaking natural features, rare flora and fauna, towering green valleys and waterfalls cascading into crystal pools, volcanic hills, sparkling lakes and smiling faces! There are tiny mining towns, peaceful villages, uncluttered roads and well sign-posted directions.
Charley's Chocolate Factory
Australia’s only Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar Experience.
Charley's Chocolate Tour is Australia’s only Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar Experience.
If you love Chocolate this is a "must do". Tours run every Thursday and Sunday at 10.30am. Bookings are essential.
Charley’s Chocolate Tour is unique in Australia and one of only a few places in the world where you can experience the whole journey of chocolate from “Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar”.
Charley’s is real and genuine! It is deliberately NOT a theme park. It’s authentic and all about how one of our favourite foods comes into being. Charley’s people are passionate about what they do and want you to share the fascinating chocolate story. The tour is fun, very much “hands on” and hugely informative.
Peter and Alison Salleras invite you to sample tropical fruit in season while exploring their 220 acre farm nestled in lush tropical rainforest.
As third generation local farmers their passion for the natural environment is evident as they share their knowledge of fruit farming, rainforest and heritage.
Day Tour Suggestions - Licuala Walk/Alligators Nest
Take a picnic or BBQ lunch and drive from Mission Beach towards Tully via Wongaling Beach on Cassowary Drive. Three and a half kilometers from the Wongaling Beach Shopping Centre is the Licuala Fan Palm Board Walk Circuit turn off on the right - drive in through the forest to the carpark.
Your Day on the Wildside
Your tour begins with a pick-up from your accommodation at Cairns or Mission Beach, you’ll meet your experienced wild guides for the day with introductions and big smiles
REEF GODDESS - REEF TOURS -
Our aim for your visit to the Outer Great Barrier Reef is to ensure you enjoy and experience this amazing place in it's natural state away from the crowds. We would like everyone travelling onboard 'Reef Goddess' to feel like your heading to the reef with friends and family creating a fun filled and educational experience that will stay with you forever.