Source: Cassowary Coast Regional Council
This popular coastal trail is an enjoyable and picturesque 4km (one way) route that includes beach and forest walking as well as island views. The track cuts through a wide variety of coastal rainforests to get to beaches and rocky headlands. It offers great views of the Family Group of Islands and the chance to see cassowaries, wallabies and other rainforest animals. Peer down into the ocean from lookout points to spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins. The Kennedy Walking Track takes you from South Mission to Kennedy Bay, past the landing place of 1840 explorer Edmund Beasley Court Kennedy. If you have the time you can then walk the length of Kennedy Bay along the beach to finish at the Hull River. The communities of Hull and Tully Heads are on the other side. Return is via the same pathway. This trail is suitable for a wide range of walkers, although the second half includes more stairs and a bit of rock-hopping. There is a wide boardwalk to the first beach, known as Lover's Beach.
Source: Cassowary Coast Regional Council
We watched an expert tree climber remove coconuts from the numerous palm trees we have in our park the other day. To make it even more interesting, he was almost 7ft. tall!
I haven't watched this process before and I was amazed at how quickly he climbed each tree. Of course he was wearing safety equipment and used ropes to get him to the top. He had quite an audience at times and some people made use of the fallen coconuts by taking them home with them.
It's not something you see everyday but it's just one of the things you may get to see when you visit us in Mission Beach.
Winter in Far North Queensland is absolutely beautiful. The mornings are cool and crisp and the days are absolutely perfect!
The weather makes it so easy to explore this amazing area where the rainforest meets the sea, and the sea temperatures are mild so that you can swim without being too cold. It's perfect weather for a leisurely stroll along the beach or for exploring some of the many walking tracks we have up here. You may even see a Cassowary on your travels.
The weather is a big factor here and brings people from all over the world to explore this beautiful region. You can take a short boat trip across to Dunk Island and snorkel straight off the beach to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Escape the cold and head to Far North Queensland! You won't regret it!
Dunk Island View Caravan Park is offering you the opportunity to stay in a beautiful location for 4 nights but you only pay for 3. Our sites are neat and tidy and our amenities block is one of the best on the coast.
This offer applies to all 8 units and our powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites.
Bingil Bay is a small community just north of Mission Beach and you do get a sense that the rainforest really does meet the sea in this area. The following is information from Wikipedia about the history of this beautiful location.
The name Bingil is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning a good camping ground given to the area by Frederick Cutten, a pioneer settler in the area. In 1884, the Cutten brothers (Frederick, Leonard, Sydney and James) established the first commercial tea plantation in Australia on their Bicton estate at Bingil Bay, also growing coffee, mangoes, bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruit. At that time, Bingil Bay was only accessible by boat. Most of the Bicton estate was destroyed by a cyclone in 1918 and although the homestead was rebuilt the remainder of the estate was never restored. The descendants of the original tea plants were rediscovered in the rain-forest by Dr Alan Maruff in 1958 and seedlings from these plants formed the basis for the Nerada tea plantations.
In 1921, an overland connection was created from El Arish (a distance of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away) but it was only usable by a dray and the journey took most of the day.
The area was formerly known as Clump Point (the name of a nearby headland) until 1929 when a post office called Bingal Bay was established.
On 9 July 1936, the road from El Arish to Bingil Bay was finally completed, reducing the travel time to 30 minutes. It was officially opened by Percy Pease, the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Herbert.
The Bingil Bay Lifesaving Club opened in 1936.
Around 1966, then Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt and his wife Zara Holt, owned a holiday cottage they called "The Shack" at Bingil Bay. It sat high on the hill with views as far as Dunk Island. The couple were keen spearfishers. The cottage did not have a telephone.
The Owners of Dunk Island View Caravan Park would like to extend a very warm welcome Sue Van Wessem and Shaun Lambert who have recently taken over the management of the park. Sue and Shaun will be posting updates from time to time on this page. This is the place to find out what's been going on and what exciting things we have coming up...