Mission Beach is a cosy beachfront village that has managed to strike the right balance between frolicking holiday makers and sandal-clad backpackers looking for adventure.
The town stretches along 14 kilometres of golden beaches within just a couple of hours drive from Cairns or Townsville, making it an easy day trip from the larger tourist hubs.
Bird-lovers will find the world’s largest population of the elusive Southern Cassowary and the offshore reefs of the Coral Sea provide the perfect challenge for big game fishing enthusiasts with marlin, tuna and barracuda on the menu.
Dive the greatest tropical reef system in the world, parachute on to a palm fringed beach or go wild in the Class 4 rapids of the Tully River.
Or for a more chilled-out adventure, rent a mountain bike and explore the beaches at your own pace.
Wind down at sunset with a cocktail in your hand on nearby Magnetic Island then wash, rinse and repeat.